"Where words fail, music speaks." 

Abhilash Mehta is an accomplished music (tabla) teacher who has recently migrated to Boston area from India. Abhilash is highly knowledgeable, creative and resourceful music teacher with more than 25 years of experience teaching Tabla. He specializes in developing student's interest in music appreciation through a comprehensive and balanced curriculum that combines theory, history and command over practical skills.

Abhilash has trained hundreds of students in his career and helped several students earn Visharad Degree in Music (Tabla).

Abhilash is a trained percussionist with Masters and B.Ed. in Music (Tabla) from India. He has given music as a Music Director to over 75 albums and judged many Tabla competitions. Abhilash has dedicated his life to Tabla and loves to teach percussion instruments. 


TABLA - Tabla is regarded as the queen of drums and is the most popular Indian rhythm instrument.

DHOLAK - Dholak is mainly a folk instrument, lacking the exact tuning and playing techniques of the tabla or the pakhawaj

DHOL - Dhol is a double-sided barrel drum played mostly as an accompanying instrument in regional music forms.

TABLA : Class Duration - 45 mins class every week
Fees: $299 for 12 week session 4 - 6 students per class - Age 5+
Private Class - $40 per class

Location: 217 Middlesex Turnpike, Burlington, MA 01803
TIME: TABLA: Sat 10-11 am | Sat 11-12 am | 12-1 pm | DHOL - Sat 1-2pm

To manually register and pay by check/cash - please click on "MANUAL REGISTRATION FORM".


PROGRAM CURRICULUM:  well structured curriculum to prepare the student for upto Visharad (Degree) in Tabla.


  • Introduction to Laya, Laya & its importance, Laya practise.
  • Vilambit, maday, drut timing and ekgun, dugan, and chagun practice.
  • Two different kayadas with minimum four paltas in teen tal.
  • Using simple words dha, Tita, ta, tin, ge, na, ke, dhin etc.
  • Practice of kehrva Tal with different type of Kehrva, with vocal music and instrumental.
  • Practice Tal dadra with different type of vocal and instrumental music.
  • Introduction of ek Tal with practice of different Laya and Layakaris with vocal music.


All about tabla In detail, its history and as an instrument.

  • The parts of a tabla, How it’s constructed etc.
  • Knowledge of Tal, Matra, vhibag, Sum, tali, khali and avartan laye.
  • Basic hand position and its finger techniques.
  • Knowledge of words played on right tabla and left tabla. Production of such on the tabla as dha, na, ta, dhin, tin, to, ghe, tirkit, kat,ke.
  • Tal introduction of the tal dadra, keherva, teen tal, jhap tal with its theory knowledge.
  • Some kaydas (Using word Tita ,Tirakita and its combination) and its Paltas and Tihaee.


  • Different kaydas with minimum five paltas with words.
  • Dhita, Gudigans, takkda, tirkit etc and solo practice of all kaydas and paltas together with all three levels.
  • Jhaptal, three simple tukrae, three tihais, two kaydas with four paltae, variation of tihais and two mukhrae.
  • Improve on the ability to recognise sum and mukrae with vocal and instrumental music.
  • Notation of tukrae and tihai.


  • Learn Roopak tal, ektal and deepchandi sultaal.
  • Practise reciting the above tals in ekgun, dugan and chaugan layakaris with and without the tabla.
  • Four advanced difficulty kayadas, mukhrae, tukrae, tihais and paltas in teen tal, chau tal, teevr tal and jhap tal.
  • Solo practise with lehra.
  • Improve on the ability to produce different bols on tabla recited by another person.
  • Recognise different tals with vocal music and instrumental music.


  • Solo with good proficiency in teen tal, jhap tal, eak tal and rupak tal.
  • Accompanying with the tabla beside different vocal, instrumental and light music.
  • Learning words like dhir dhir, gidha nage with different laya and layakaris.
  • Composing with the bols above.
  • More layas.


  • Playing solo in tal with lehra, thal teental, pashkara, kayada, rela, gat, tukdas and jhap tal etc.
  • Learning how to tune the tabla.
  • Composing with different tals.
  • Accompanying with the tabla beside different type of singing. For example playing alongside Dhrupad, Dhamar, Tappa and thumree styles of singing.
  • Accompanying with tabla beside different instrumental music. For example playing alongside masid khani gat, rajkhani gat and different dhuns of instrumental music.

NOTE: Levels do not correspond to Sessions- each level may require multiple sessions.

For questions - please contact or call 612.888.ARTS (2787).

Payment and Missed Class Policy:

Training requires consistency in order to achieve the most benefit. However, we understand that students may occasionally need to miss a class. Use the following guidelines to ensure that you get the most out of your classes at The Academy of Creative Arts. 

  1. Your fees are due on or before the first class in a month
  2. Payment may be made by cash, check or credit card
  3. If you pay for several months in advance and cannot complete all months, we will refund months not used when notice is received before the beginning of the month
  4. If you or your child plan to miss a class - 48 hour advance notice is required - so another student can be accommodated - if the student does not provide 48 hour notice, student can coordinate the make-up class with the instructor.
  5. Your monthly fee pays for your space in class for the month. It is your responsibility to make up classes if you or your child miss the class. 
  6. One makeup class will be offered each month. During any month that you are enrolled, you may make up a class by attending any other appropriate session (please coordinate with the instructor for scheduling the make up class).  Make up classes should be completed within 60 days of missing the class. Fees for missed classes are not refundable.
  7. If you are having trouble scheduling a make up class, please let us know and we will try to accommodate you
  8. Class timings and schedule are subject to change

We wish you a wonderful learning experience - these policies are required so that we can be respectful of the instructors time and commitment.