iShala is an Indian music software that combines a tabla machine, a lehra player and an electronic tanpura/swarmandal. It provides rhythmic and melodic accompaniment for music practice or just to jam along virtual musicians.

Featured instruments are Tabla, Harmonium, Swarmandal and Tanpura. You can select to play one or all of them, and they will automatically synchronize together. You can also play Swarmandal manually.

Includes 41 rhythmic cycles, melodic tunes in more than 80 different ragas and 7 different tempos: possible combinations are thus nothing short of infinite!..

Audiobus and IAA compatible

What's New

Version 2.1

- new Swarmandal manual playing screen: click on the Swarmandal image after starting its play button and you will see all its strings in ascending or descending scale (depends on the last button triggered). You can then play them manually at wish.
- added Sultal, Sandra, Sul-Phaakta and Tivra rhythmic cycles (for Dhrupad)
- added Swarmandal frequency choice of 10 seconds
- bug-fixing

Customer Reviews

Great tanpura


the other reviewers have all compared this to itabla. Ok, I too have itabla. And while yes that app is absolutely great for tabla options, this app however has by far the better tanpura sound quality, and the tabla is really not bad either.
So yes I will use itabla when I want to emphasize tabla, and I use this app when I want a tanpura. So really I don't know why the other 2 or 3 reviewers have given this app a bad comparison with itabla. They are two different apps altogether.
Only thing I would add would be to replace that aggravating harmonium with a nicer-on-the-ears sound, say an actual traditional Indian instrument like a sarangi or something. So at this time I have to say i just never use the harmonium part at all.
Otherwise though, Very deep and rich tanpura sounds!

Great ideas also need great execution


This app has a great mix of features. You can use it as a tanpura, to play a lehera so you can practice tabla along with it as well as an electronic tabla so you can sing or play your own instrument. Or all of it together... Why not? :-)

You can obviously change pitch and tempo. And what is cool is also the raga of the lehera nagma.

However I ran out of anything good to say beyond this. The sound of the tanpura is probably the best thing in the app. The harmonium sounds terrible, the various ragas are a joke. And the tabla sound too is ok.

The interface has not been updated in the last couple of years so it really feels dated and not very iOS friendly. And it crashes consistently unless you fiddle around with the app before starting the lehera or tanpura.

I am probably going to have to buy iTabla Pro as people are saying that sounds amazing. The interface for that too is quite terrible from what I can make out from screenshots.

God, why can't developers take a clue from all the amazing apps out there and make a beautiful app?

Terrible app


I owned the computer software from this company and I expected something similar to pc software. Boy was I wrong very inferior product. Itabla is much better.
No update to this inferior product since its release. That tells you something about this app.


Swar Systems
50.1 MB
Requires iOS 9.3 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.
Age Rating
Rated 4+
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