His Passion, My Learning

This is dedicated to all the teachers that day-by-day make their best effort to teach us everything they know, but especially to my tabla teacher. He is a master of tabla. Even the smallest thing in the universe stays quiet when he plays. What makes him a great teacher though, is that playing this wonderful instrument is his passion. One day, right after the class, he asked me: “Do you like tabla?” and I said “For Sure, I always wanted to learn it.” Then a huge smile filled his face from cheek to cheek and surrounded me with a big hug. I’ve learned a lot of tabla skills from him, but what stays in my mind most is that a teacher, any kind of teacher, is the most valuable thing in this planet.

-Sebastian Gutierrez, Mexico