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.

 

SARODE

 

In the New Orleans area, we have a rare melodic instrument from India which is well represented – the sarode.  It is considered a sibling to the more famous sitar, and it’s music is 99% the same.

 

TABLA SOLO & JUGALBANDI

 

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.  Below is a video of an even more rare tabla duet “Jugalbandi” with traditional melodic accompaniment given this time on the grand acoustic bass.