Women and their instruments
Meeting the 'princess of tabla' and others breaking gender barriers in the male world of Indian classical percussion
At the age of 5, when Rimpa Siva told her father Pandit Swapan Siva, a respected tabla player in Kolkata, that she wanted him to teach her, he suggested she try vocal music or the sitar. But she watched him teach others, and imbibed the techniques and rhythms from afar.
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