Buying a tabla in Benaras

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Re: Buying a tabla in Benaras

Post by Bhagi » Tue Oct 11, 2016 8:28 pm

Shen Findell had sent me skins from a tabla maker named Anwar. They are some of the best skins I've ever played.
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Re: Buying a tabla in Benaras

Post by Benarsidass » Wed Oct 12, 2016 3:01 pm

Anwar is definitely one of the best makers in Benares. He's in Aurangabad, Varanasi, very close to a major Mosque (which I forget the name of). If you look at this Google Map, take a left at the Aurangabad Police station until you see a large mosque on the left (not on this map), just before the post office. Then just ask anybody for Anwar. ... a=!3m1!4b1

He also has a Facebook page. He doesn't speak English very well (probably better to speak with his son Salman), but I know he does business online.

As with any tabla maker, there's no guarantee that a tabla you order online will be well tuned. Even the best makers don't always have the ear to properly balance the kinar/sur by themselves. I usually sit with Anwar for a good half hour to an hour to get the final tuning. So it's good if you have a player like Shen who can check the tuning for you (not sure if he's still doing that business).

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