North Indian (Hindustani) Classical Music is traditionally performed by either a melodic or rhythmic soloist which can be presented vocally or with instruments.  In all cases, musical accompaniment by one instrument is typical – the tuned pair of tabla drums being the most common choice for the soloists.  In the New Orleans area, we have a rare melodic instrument which is well represented – the sarode is considered a sibling to the more famous sitar.  When an occasional is suitable, the tabla drums can also be featured as the solo instrument where the elaborate, poetic, drum repertoire is paired with melodic accompaniment.