Ashram Philosophy

The Taalyogi Ashram has been modelled on Pt.Suresh Talwalkar's teaching philosophy which has evolved through the insights he has gained from the taleem he himself has received from his four gurus: Pt. Vinayakrao Ghangrekar, Pt. Pandharinath Nageshkar, Pt. Ramand Easwaran (from whom he learned the subtle nuances of laya and taal in the Carnatic tradition, and last but not the least from Pt. Gajananrao Joshi, from whom he learnt not just about laya and taal, but about all aspects of Indian Classical Music performance.
First and foremost, music cannot be learnt in "a class" or through one hour lectures. It has to be imbibed through the sanskars transmitted through spending long hours in the company of the Guru and through the Guru's rigorous taleem. Pt. Talwalkar firmly believes that the Guru "moulds" the student through long hours of taleem and riyaz done under the Guru's watchful eye, because it is not just knowledge or information that the Guru gives to the shishyas, i.e, not just "matter" but also "manner" that makes great performers out of talented students. Thus, in the formative years, the Guru just tells the student what to do and how to do it, no questions asked. When the student starts maturing, the Guru then expects the student to ask questions to his Guru and even get into a dialogue or debate with the Guru.
Panditji teaches not just tabla, but also the pakhavaj, and even Western and African percussion instruments like Western drums, Djembe, Kalabash, etc. Among his students you can also count Classical (Kathak) dancers, vocalists, sitarists and flautists. So you might well ask, what do these students learn from a Tabla maestro? In his own words, he teaches them the "classical thought" behind laya and taal integral to Hindustani Classical Music. These students can easily perform a half hour or one hour solo based on the Hindustani form, on their own instrument.