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A short video about Anwar-ji, exclusive tabla maker for Tabla Wala Australia.
Article to be printed in Brisbane Indian Times, Aug 2016 edition…
Tabla Wala Australia Launches in Brisbane
Australia’s best tabla and tabla supplies are now available in Brisbane, as local business Tabla Wala Australia has launched in Oxley. Supplying top quality drums, skins and other accessories from leading Varanasi tabla maker Mohammad Anwar, Tabla Wala Australia’s Shen Flindell has been building the business from the ground up over the last 10 years.
“It’s been a long and difficult process, as Australia’s strict quarantine regulations can make importing drums and skins a bit of a lottery,” said Shen, also a well known classical tabla player in Brisbane. “I’ve spent a lot of time over the years with my tabla maker Anwar working on how to make good quality instruments which will be reliably cleared by Quarantine. Once he understood just how strict they can be, he worked very hard on getting his skins and straps meticulously clean. We also document the process of manufacture so that Quarantine staff are satisfied the products are safe.”
While studying the Benares style of classical tabla with his guru Pt Ashutosh Bhattacharya since 1994, Shen also learnt a great deal from Anwar about repairing tabla. Nowadays many tabla players from Brisbane and around Australia have their tablas repaired by Shen or use his puris, including Dheeraj Shrestha, Ravi Singh, Joseph Nand, and Bobby Singh (Sydney).
“Anwar’s tabla puris are just so reliable. It’s a lot of work putting on a new tabla skin so you want to make sure that your parts are good quality before you start.”
Have a look at our new “Anwar” branded heavy tabla hammers ($25), and deluxe natural wood bayan gittak ($10 for set of 8).
Looking to save money? Happy to help. We have a range of discounts, seconds and refurbished tabla available to make your purchase more affordable.
- 10% discount for a full set of tabla (dahina, bayan, rings, covers, hammer, bag)
- 15% discount for temples
- 15% discount for purchases over $1000
- 20% discount for students of Ashu Babu Memorial Tabla School
Discounts may not be combined – choose the best rate that applies.
LESS THAN PERFECT
In the course of developing our tabla manufacture to clear Australian Quarantine, we have gone through several different processes before reaching success with our current fully traditional yet very clean all-rawhide drums. We are now offering the remaining old stock at reduced prices:
- Nylon wadi (new) – never breaks! :
$1.50/m-> $1/m (33% off )
- Nylon wadi (secondhand) – never breaks! : FREE
From time to time people bring in old tabla which we refurbish with new puris and wadi resulting in quality close to that of a completely new tabla. Subject to availability.
Example tabla set:
5.75″ dahina : $200
9″ 2kg chromed bayan : $260
Pair of rings : $25
Pair of covers : $15
Hammer : $15
Deluxe bag : $40
SUBTOTAL : $575
DISCOUNT 10% for full set : -$57.50
TOTAL $517.50 (plus postage)
Welcome to Tabla Wala Australia, supplying the finest quality Banarsi tabla from master tabla maker Mohammad Anwar in Varanasi, India. All our tabla are made to comply with Australian Quarantine’s strict standards and are guaranteed non-irradiated, unlike many other importers in Australia.
Our website will be coming soon. In the meantime, you can contact us by email at email@example.com or by phone on 0415106428 (Shen Flindell).