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 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.




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.