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Tabla player Aban Mistry passes away

Hindustan Times  Mumbai, October 05, 2012
First Published: 00:39 IST(5/10/2012) | Last Updated: 00:41 IST(5/10/2012)

Aban Mistry, a musician and scholar, known as the first woman solo tabla player in India, passed away in Mumbai on Sunday evening. She was 72.

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Mistry, one of the few members of the Parsi community to take up Hindustani classical music, was also the co-founder of Swar Sadhna Samiti, a Kalbadevi-based organisation dedicated to the promotion of music through education and cultural programmes.

Office bearers of the Samiti said Mistry died from multiple organ failure. “Mistry was a pioneering woman artiste with a golden personality. She was an authority on the tabla and the pakhawaj, on which she had done a lot of research,” said tabla player Omkar Gulvady, who has played at the Samiti’s annual festivals for the past 25 years.

Mistry wrote three books – Pakhawaj and Tabla: History, Schools and Traditions, Tablé ki bandishein and The Contribution of Parsis to Indian Classical Music.  

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