The book focuses on the concept of Indian rhythm, particularly as manifested in North Indian art music, more popularly known as Hindustani music. Indian rhythm and percussive instruments have attracted musicians and music-lovers across cultures and continents. The author has focused his attention on discussing various aspects of the tabla, a twin-drum that has formed an integral part of Hindustani music, and has over the years been incorporated into just about every form of music.
While doing so, the author shares his perspective as a performer with the reader, providing information about current performance practice related to art music and to experiments outside the tradition. The illustrative bibliography, discography and the archival photographs, add to the value of this book.