MUSICAL INSTRUMENTS – SALE, SERVICE AND REPAIRJay’s family has been running a business of manufacturing and repairing Indian musical instruments under the name of “New Dattatray Tabla Stores” in Ahmedabad, India, for more than 12 decades. His grandfather, Late Mr. Fakirchand Dabgar had been honoured with the “Best Tabla Maker Award” in 1974 by the Tabla maestro late Pt. Samta Prasad. Artists such as Pt. Kishan Maharaj, Pt. Nandan Mehta, Pt. Samta Prasad, Pt. Vishnu Sahay and Pt. Kumar Bose, have been some of their esteemed customers. The generation old legacy of Tabla-making is currently under the guidance of his son Mr. Navinchandra Dabgar, who is assisted by his sons – Jay and Jignesh.
Making Tabla, Dhol, Dholak, Naal, Pakhawaj, and for that matter, any percussion instrument, runs in Jay’s blood. Having spent most of his life in this environment, Jay was exposed to everything there is to do with making these instruments. Gradually, he gained expertise in this and also, in understanding the technicalities involved.
In order to further his family business, Jay graduated in Commerce and then, completed post-graduation studies in ‘Business Entrepreneurship and Management’ from the Entrepreneurship Development Institute of India (EDll).
JAY SELLS, SERVICES AND REPAIRS THE FOLLOWING INSTRUMENTS, IN AUSTRALIATabla
Electronic Tanpura –which produces the Tanpura drone/ sound, used typically in Indian classical music
Electronic Lehra Machine – designed to enable tabla artistes and students to practice independently without the help of another musician (to provide rhythmic tune accompaniment)