S.R.I. Tabla Set C Karunya


Synthetic skins, fibreglass shells and stainless steel tuning mechanisms make the vegan S.R.I. Tabla set Karunya extremely sturdy, durable and easy to tune. The sound is full and resonant. Perfect for beginners!

EU: 419 €
incl. VAT, plus 16.10 € shipping within Germany / 31.10 € within Europe
Non-EU: 352,10 €
plus 31.10 € shipping within Europe / overseas on request

Traditional tabla heads are made of animal skins and react strongly even to slight changes in temperature and humidity. Therefore they must be tuned continuously. In addition, the skins wear out while playing and have to be changed again and again. Besides, the killing of animals for the production of the skins may bother vegans and vegetarians. All these problems are solved by the S.R.I. (Synthetic Indian Rhythm) Tabla from Karunya, which is completely made of synthetics and has a stainless steel tuning mechanism.

The synthetic skins are water-repellent and can be wiped with a wet cloth for cleaning. The sophisticated high quality clamping mechanism is easy to use and allows for a very accurate and durable tuning. If a skin is damaged or worn out after many years of playing, it can be replaced quickly and easily. The sound is clear and resonant, but lacks some of the finer nuances of good traditional tablas.

VEGAN - without parts of animal bodies or substances produced by animals

Sound sample S.R.I. Tabla set C Karunya in d with lahara accompaniment.


- fibreglass bodies
- 3-layered synthetic skins with chemically bonded elastomer loading (Shyai)
- water-repellent
- stainless steel clamping mechanisms with 16 holding points each
- cover for clamping mechanism to protect hands during playing
- skins removable and therefore easily exchangeable
- including rings, covers, bag & tuning key

Manufacturer / Supplier

Dr. K. Varadarangan, physicist, engineer and classical South Indian musician, has been developing the S.R.I. Karunya percussion instruments since 2010 in many years of research alongside his regular work as an expert for wireless communication systems. He wanted to avoid the killing of animals for the production of drumheads and the cutting down of trees for the manufacturing of drum shells. In addition, a standardised production was important to him to ensure a consistently high uniform quality, which is not achieved in traditional Indian instrument making from natural materials. When Dr. K. Varadarangan was ready for series production, he founded the company Karunya Musicals in Bengaluru for the production and distribution of his instruments. Karunya Musicals is a partner of India Instruments since 2019.


The tuning range of the S.R.I. Tabla C Karunya is between c and d. The tuning accuracy is +/- 1 hertz.


Dayan: height 27.8 cm, skin diameter 15.6 cm, weight 3 kg
Baya: height 27.1 cm, skin diameter 23.2 cm, weight 2.8 kg