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This is the story of a young boy who plays a traditional Indian drum called a tabla. He takes his inspiration from nature and shows us the animals such as cows and monkeys which inspire the rhythms that he plays. He explains their rhythms and plays them for us. We then follow him to the desert where he and his sister perform with a gypsy band and a dancer.
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First broadcast:
18 March 2010

Classroom Ideas

This clip can be used in conjunction with an animal music topic. Pupils could discuss how different animals move and how this could be created using musical instruments. There could be a focus on tempo - accelerando and rallentando, articulation - staccato (detached) and legato (smooth). Students could compose a three section piece detailing the movements of an animal. They could use a 4x4 rhythm grid to create a Tala (how rhythm is structured in Indian music), putting a X for when to play and the pattern could be repeated to create an accompaniment for an Indian style dance.