iShala is an Indian music mobile app that effectively replaces a tabla machine, a lehra player and an electronic tanpura. It is an ideal tool for anyone practicing Indian classical music, or just wishing to jam along virtual Indian musicians on any other musical style.

Featured instruments are Tabla, Harmonium, Swarmandal and Tanpura. You can select to play one or all of them at wish, with Tabla and Harmonium always in sync. You can also play Swarmandal manually, by plucking its strings at wish.

iShala includes over 50 rhythmic cycles, melodies in more than 110 ragas and 7 different tempos. You can now also create your own ragas and fine-tune each of their notes at microtones (shruti) level. Possible combinations are thus nothing short of endless!

Audiobus and IAA compatible. Now also with VoiceOver support for visually-impaired users.

What’s New

Version 3.3.1

- fixed an issue that was preventing saving of sessions settings

Ratings and Reviews

2.3 out of 5
4 Ratings

4 Ratings

crushed ,

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?

LindaT108 ,

Great all-in-one app for practicing Indian classical vocal!

I was thrilled to find this app that has worked very well for my purposes—learning Indian classical singing. I appreciate that the interface is intuitive and easy to use. I find it has the functionality I need to practice any of the ragas I am learning in different tals and at different tempos. The large numerical display of each beat has helped me tremendously. I have seen improvements in the app in the last 3 years since I started using it. I encourage others to check out the latest version and not rely on old reviews.

ma1706 ,

Audio problem

I purchased this app but I can’t even use it. Because no sound. I have I phone 6xplus And my phone is updated. Every day I had to uninstall ishala app and reinstall again. Very unhappy. Please do something to fix it for good.

Developer Response ,

That's strange. Can you try uninstalling and reinstalling? You shouldn't be charged again for that.

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Swar Systems
83.8 MB

Requires iOS 9.3 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.

Age Rating


  • Family Sharing

    With Family Sharing set up, up to six family members can use this app.

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