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Ustad Tari Khan

Disciple of Ustad Shaukat Hussain Khan - Panjab Gharana

In the realm of South Asian music, when it comes to percussionists emanating from the sub-continent the name of Ustad Tari Khan is inseparable from Tabla. Born in Lahore Pakistan, Tari Khan hails from a family of musicians whose lineage can be traced back to Bhai Mardana. Tari Khan’s father was a classical vocalist of great virtuosity and his early education in music was that of a singer. However, Tari Khan listened to the tabla of Ustad Shaukat Hussain Khan at the age of six and became so enamored with the celebrated Ustad that all his musical interests became focused on Tabla. He spent the next eight years of his life listening to Ustad Shaukat Hussain Khan at concerts, on the radio, at private mehfils (musical gatherings) and on the television. At fourteen, he formally became a student of Ustad Shaukat Hussain Khan. Three years later he performed at the death anniversary of Mian Qadir Baksh. That solo performance earned him a revered place amongst the Tabla greats of all time. Ustad Tari Khan had arrived. There has been no looking back for Tari Khan. Today, he is acknowledged as one of the foremost Tabla players of all time by musicians all over the world.

 

Ustad Tari Khan has performed in virtually every part of the globe, participating in prestigious festivals and concerts, dazzling and captivating audiences by his extraordinary versatility. Tours abroad have taken him to almost every major city of the world, and he enjoys a large following. His work has led to collaborations with artists and producers from all spectrums of the musical world, including collaboration with famed producer Rick Rubin. He has also composed music for several documentaries and films such as Mira Nair’s Mississippi Masala starring Denzel Washington. Ustad Tari Khan has received the highest acclaim for both his accompaniment and solo performances. He has been crowned with the title of "Tabla Prince of India and Pakistan," decorated with the prestigious Hazrat Ameer Khusro Award, decorated with the President’s Pride of Performance (Pakistan’s highest artistic honor), and crowned during Taj Poshi (Golden Crown).

Tari Khan’s Tabla is unique on several fronts. Foremost is the purity of sound. Tari Khan’s hands produce absolute sur (pitch and tone) and ras (essence). Each bol (phrase) is crisp, clean and played with equal love, emotion and purity. Speed, accuracy and precision are also important attributes of Tari Khan’s Tabla. All are presented in equal balance, never sacrificing one for the others. His natural sense of rhythm and absolute time-keeping gives his Tabla a complex and always surprising element. He experiments with difficult and involved rhythmic cycles including 10 ½, 4 ¾, and 8 ⅜. When presenting more traditional rhythmic cycles, he constantly delves into the beats exploring unusual micro fractions and superimposing polyrhythms. But his complexity never leaves the audience behind. Tari Khan develops an instant rapport with his audience and keeps them both engaged and enthralled throughout his performance. The audience latches on to the performance closely following Tari Khan on his journey through peshkars, qaidas, relas, parans, guts, tihais, and chakardars. He has been able to endear Tabla to listeners who are not aficionados of Indian/Pakistani classical music by developing and playing items such as Tabla Tarang, International Kherwa and Tabla Train. In Tabla Tarang Tari Khan tuned a dozen Tablas (one for each note) and played popular melodies and ragas. In Tabla Train, Tari Khan mimics the sounds of a steam engine train through various stages on its journey. His most popular innovation is International Kherwa in which he mimics the different percussive styles of the world including Punjab, Middle East, Europe, Africa, America, and Australia. Regardless of what Tari Khan chooses to present, his performances are at once exhilarating and elating for the audience.

Pandit Anindo Chatterjee

Disciple of Guru Jnan Prakash Ghosh - Farukhabad Gharana

Great musicians are not made they are born. Anindo Chatterjee was born to be a musicians musician, loved by all musicians & music lovers around the globe. From the beginning he has worked only to realize this destiny. In May of 1954 his amazing story began. The torch bearer and inspiration of his amazing musical journey was his beloved uncle Biswanath Chatterjee. Early childhood lessons were received from his uncle Amarnath Chatterjee followed by two years of taalim from Ustad Afaq Hussain Khan (1964-66) of Lucknow Gharana.

 

The Legendary Guru Jnan Prakash Ghosh saw a gleam of genius in Anindo’s eyes and accepted him as his disciple, training him for over 30 years. During this period Anindo Chatterjee perfected his technique & learned the rich repertoire of traditional Tabla. Anindo Chatterjee curved out a niche for himself with his table solo for which he is one of the most popular performers. His ability to weave the most intricate textures and rhythms and extremely high speed, while still maintaining clarity, crispness and finesse is unparalleled.

 

Coupled with a knowledge of all gharanas and a vast repertoire of compositions, he has raised that standard in the field. With laya firm as stone, and tone sweet as a flower, he is the preferred accompanist by almost every musicians. The first debut initiated with Late Pandit Nikhil Bannerjee in a world tour in 1975, which laid benchmark in Anindo’s musical carrier and he regularly performed with Nikhil Bannerjee till his death. He has shared the stage with the Late Ustad Vilayat Khan, Pandit Ravi Shankar, Ustad Ali Akbar Khan, Ustad Amjad Ali Khan, Pt. Shiv Kumar Sharma, Pt. Hari Prasad Chaurasia, Dr. L. Subramanium, Dr. Balmuruli Krishna, and many others and made uncountable albums throughout the world. In honor of a lifetime of effort and achievement, Anindo Chatterjee has received many awards including a Gold Medal at the All India Radio Music Competition at the tender age of 16 “Talsamrat” from Ustad Amir Hussain Khan Memorial Foundation of Bombay in 1991, “best performer of the year” in 1997 from the all India critics association, “Tala Rishi Samman” by Aurangabad state academy in 1997, “Swarsagar Puraskar” by the Maharashtra Municipal Corporation in 2005, and the prestigious “Sangeet Natak Akademi Award” by The Honorable President of India in 2002. As a Guru Anindo Chatterjee has produced several brilliant disciplies world wide including his son Anubrata a very well versed uprising talent blessed by the musical maestros blended with his father’s touch.

Pandit Anand Badamikar

Disciple of Pandit Taranath Rao - Farukhabab | Dehli | Poorab | Ajrada

Born in Solapur, Maharashtra, in 1954, he is a disciple of Pandit Taranath Rao and winner of numerous prestigious competitions in India including the much-coveted President of India's Gold Medal for his solo tabla performance. A much sought after artist, he has accompanied most of the Giants of Indian classical music scene. 

 

Anand's solos are something rare to listen too due to his immense knowledge of various Gharana's and compositions.  Anand can play solos in numerous Tala's thanks to his training from Pandit Taranath Rao.  Recently Anand has been awarded the distinction of a top grade artist at All India Radio.  Anand is visiting from Mumbai India especially for the Festival of Tabla.  

Pankaj Mishra

Sarangi Maestro - Benaras Gharana

Sarangi artist Pankaj Mishra born into a lineage of exceptional family of musicians, the son of Sri Satyanarayan Mishra, Grandson of Pt. Mahadeo Prasad Mishra, and great-grandson of Sarangi Virtuoso Pt. Saraju Prasad Mishra, Pankaj was trained from an early age by the renowned Sarangi maestro Pt. Mahesh Prasad Mishra of the Benaras Gharana.

 

He is a highly regarded soloist & accompanist, performing with such renowned artists as, Pt. Swapan Chaudhuri, Pt. Anindo Chatterjee, Pt. Kumar Bose, Pt.Subhankar Banerjee to name a few. His dance recital performances with kathak exponent Padmabhushan Pt. Birju Maharaj, Pt.Chitres Das, Pt. Vijay Shankar have been widely acclaimed. Vocal accompaniment with Padmabibhusan Girija Devi, Bidushi Purnima Chowdhury and others. He has performed for Hollywood movies and documentaries of which The Jungle Book is his latest.

Vineet Vyas

Disciple of Pandit Kishan Maharaj - Benaras Gharana

Vineet Vyas is one of Canada’s dynamic musical talents. He is a disciple of the legendary Tabla maestro, Pandit Kishan Maharaj. Vineet was born into a family of traditional musicians of India, his grandfather Pandit Brahmanand Vyas, was a renowned vocalist and initiated him into Hindustani classical music at the age of five. Vineet has been an active performer in the Canadian music scene since the World Exposition 1986, Vancouver, BC. He began studying with Pandit Kishan Maharaj in 1987 in the traditional style of guru-shishya parampara. After intense training and sadhana (dedication) to his guru, Vineet firmly established himself as an accomplished tabla artist. Audiences are enthralled as they witness and feel the depth of his musicality, spontaneity, and creativity. Vineet has performed at many prestigious venues and festivals throughout India and across North America with some of India's eminent classical artists such as Ustad Amjad Ali Khan, Pandit Rajan and Sajan Mishra, Ustad Aashish Khan, Ustad Shahid Parvez and Dr. L Subramaniam. His solo CD, Taalworks, was a breakthrough album featuring tabla at the forefront, and was released in India through Times Music. The CD has received much critical praise from the both press and musicians in India and internationally. In 2010, his solo album The King of Dhamaar – a Tribute to Pandit Kishan Maharaj, received an East Coast Music Award nomination for Best World Recording. Vineet was featured in the Bravo! Channel’s documentary ‘Fingers of Fire’. Vineet holds an MFA in World Percussion from the California Institute of the Arts. In 2015 Vineet was a finalist for the Muriel Sherrin Award - International Achievement Finalist presented by the Toronto Arts Foundation.

Aditya Kalyanpur

Disciple of Ustad Zakir Hussain - Punjab Gharana

With his trademark blend of technical brilliance, creative improvisations and high-octane showpersonship, this award-winning tabla virtuoso’s performances instantly connect with, and captivate audiences worldwide. Hailed by many as “the rightful heir to the Punjab Gharana”, [HT Mint, Dec, 2012] Aditya’s colossal repertoire, and his signature style of bold execution of syllables and pinpoint-precise rhythm, are founded in rigorous study and knowledge. For the child prodigy who could replicate intricate rhythmic patterns on his first tabla at 3 years, there was no going back, once his training began, from none other than the late Ustad Allah Rakha Khan and later, his son, Ustad Zakir Hus-sain. His Indian fans still remember him in the ‘Wah Taj!’ TV commercial, (1990), as the talented youngster, cherrypicked by Ustad Allah Rakha Khan for his cheeky ability to keep pace, when playing alongside Ustad Zakir Hussain! At the same time, Aditya’s performances reflect his versatility and keenness to break through conventional ‘borders’. He has, uniquely, gone on to acquire in-depth knowledge across different gharanas and schools of playing. Further, Aditya is in his element when adapting masterfully to any musical context, be it complementing a sitar or jazz guitar, and collaborating with artistes across gen-res, from jazz to pop, rap to rock! He has performed with an eclectic range of both Indian classical, and interna-tional jazz and fusion greats, including Pandit Jasraj, Pandit Shivkumar Sharma, Ustad Amjad Ali Khan, Grammy-awardee Pandit Vishwamohan Bhatt, Larry Coryell, George Brooks, Kenwood Denard and John McLoughlin. His playing can be heard on Katy Perry’s “Legendary Lovers” from her multi-platinum album “Prism,” he’s recorded with The Rolling Stones’ Keith Richards, and Grammy-nominated John Beasley (“American Idol” music director) and performed with Oscar and Grammy-winning composer A.R. Rahman (“Slumdog Millionaire”) on tour and with Grammy-winner John Popper at the prestigious Carnegie Hall NYC. Even while being a much sought after artiste, be it at major musical festivals worldwide, by Bollywood, or for artistic collaborations, Aditya has focused on giving back, by making Indian classical music more accessible to students worldwide. He founded the New England School of Music (NESON), in Boston which trains over a 100 students annually. He has performed and conducted several workshops and lecture demonstrations at institutions such as Harvard University, MIT, Cornell, Columbia, Univeristy of Florida, University of Maryland, and University of Massachusetts. Close to his heart, is the Shyamal Music Foundation he established in Mumbai, India, that gives a platform to the next generation of talented Indian classical musicians. Through its charitable concert ‘Disha’, the foundation raises funds for deserving cancer patients.

Josh Feinberg

Disciple of Ustad Ali Akbar Khan - Maihar Gharana

In 2005, Josh initiated his training with Ust. Ali Akbar Khan. Josh also received training and guidance from the Ali Akbar Khan-sahib’s senior disciples and sons including Ust. Aashish Khan, Pt. Tejendra Majumdar, Sri Anindya Banerjee, Sri James Pomerantz, and Sri Alam Khan. Josh has also received guidance from Pt. Swapan Chaudhuri and has also learned tabla with Pt. Anindo Chatterjee during his Seattle workshops. 

A dedicated teacher, Josh holds regular classes in Portland and to students around the world via online lessons. Josh is a faculty member at Lewis and Clark College, Reed College and Marylhurst University, and has served as a faculty advisor at Prescott College. Some of his most noteworthy projects have included collaborations with legendary tap dancer Savion Glover, acclaimed saxophonist Patrick Lamb, and recording on jazz drummer Richie Barshay’s album Homework (which included pianist Herbie Hancock as a special guest). Josh recorded on cellist Gideon Freudmann’s new album Rain Monsters, which was featured on a 2012 episode of the Showtime drama Weeds. Josh was also the featured soloist in a series of concerts with the Seattle Choral Company performing Eric Whitacre’s piece, Winter, which was composed for choir, orchestra, sitar solo and tanpura accompaniment.

Josh is committed to the idea of music as a universal language, which contains the power to bring together people from all cultures and walks of life. He currently resides in Portland, Oregon with his poet-wife Jessica, his daughter Sophia, and his son Noah. Josh holds a Bachelors from the New England Conservatory of Music, and a Masters of Fine Arts from Goddard College.

Kamaljeet Ahluwalia

Disciple of Pandit Shivkumar Sharma | Santoor

Kamaljeet Ahluwalia is part of the new wave of Asian musicians emerging from the UK. She began her training at the age of 7 under Sitar Maestro  Dharambir Singh (MBE). She continued her studies with Santoor Maestro Harjinderpal Singh and is currently under the tutelage of legendary Pandit Shiv Kumar Sharma. She uses her Indian classical roots to walk an innovative path on the Santoor, a rare and exquisite hammered dulcimer/zither that can simultaneously explore vast sublime melodies and intricate detailed rhythmic patterns.

Kamaljeet will have the honor of giving lehra (time keeping on her instrument) to the grand master Ustad Tari Khan!

Manu Srivastava

Vocal

Manu Srivastava started his Hindustani Classical Music training in Kanpur at the tender age of 4 under the guidance of Smt. Snigdha Biswas. He later continued his training in Canada and India under gurus such as Smt. Lata Sathe (disciple of Pt. Kumar Gandharva) Smt. Veena Shukla (disciple of Pt. Balwant Rai Bhatt) and Sri Shrikant Lagu (sole disciple of Pt. Sharad Apte of Lahore). What really changed Srivastava’s outlook on Shastriya Sangeet was his vigorous training under the late Pt. Kashinath Shankar Bodas. Pandit Bodas brought out the best in Manu, inspiring him to refine his music through intense daily riyaz. He mainly acquired his training in the tradition of Gwalior Gharana but a Touch of Agra and strong influence Jaipur Gharana can be seen in his khayal gayaki due to his regular training under the tutelage of Vidhushi Padma Talwalkar and Vidhushi Shubhada Paradkar. Srivastava is the founder of Phoenix Gharana School of Indian Arts in Phoenix, Arizona USA.

 

He teaches Shastriya Sangeet (vocal) to over 200 students. He is also the founder of Pt. Kashinath Bodas Festival held annually since 2013. Raised in Canada and the USA since the age of nine, he has unique understanding of both cultures and is an inspiration to his students. He believes that knowledge is the only way to get the younger generation interested in Shastriya Sangeet and hopes to impart it for many years to come. In 2016, he recieved the B S Upadhye Award for his service to the field of Classical Music. Manu has performed extensively throughout USA, Canada, Middle East and India including many prestigious Festivals.

Vivek Ullal

Disciple of Pandit Ravi Bellare and Smt. Laxmi Shankar - Bansuri

Vivek, has been playing flute since he was a young teenager. In 1966, he began taking formal lessons in bansuri, at the Pannalal Ghosh Bansuri Vidyapeeth in Mumbai, which imparted free lessons in bansuri, Some of the prominent teachers were Pandit Pannalal Ghosh's senior disciple and son-in-law, Pandit Devendra Murdeshwar, and Pandit V. G. Karnad, another senior disciple of Pandit Ghosh. Medical studies and post graduate training (residencies), and a move to USA in 1975, took him away from music for almost two decades. In 1994, he resumed learning Hindustani classical music from the legendary teacher, composer and performer, Pandit Ravi Bellare, in Los Angeles area. He first learnt tabla and then resumed learning music on bansuri. In 2006, after Pt. Bellare's untimely passing away, he started learning music from the reknowned vocalist, Smt. Lakshmi Shankar, also in Los Angeles, from whom he learnt until her passing away in 2013. Besides formal lessons from some of the most illustrious teachers, Vivek benefits a lot from listening to recorded music of great masters of yesteryears, as well as contemporary artistes. Besides bansuri, Vivek also plays harmonium, keyboard, harmonica and tabla. His main forte is Hindustani classical music, but he has also played in ensembles playing Bollywood music, jazz and Western pop music.

Kaavya Valiveti

Disciple of Dr. Ravindra Katoti - Harmonium

Kaavya Valiveti received her initial music training in Carnatic music from her mother Smt. Natana Valiveti, and has been learning Hindustani classical music on harmonium from Dr. Ravindra Katoti of Bengaluru since 2012. She has given solo concerts, including as the opening performance of the first ever World Harmonium Summit in 2018, and has accompanied several Hindustani classical vocalists, tabla artists, and kathak dancers both local and visiting from India. Now a Boston resident, she is currently pursuing a PhD in mathematics at MIT.

Sathya Ramesh

Disciple of Sri Ramesh Srinivasan

Sathya Ramesh has been playing Mridangam (South Indian drums) for over a decade, as one of 10 women in the world playing the instrument professionally today. She has been learning since she was a toddler from her father and teacher Sri. Ramesh Srinivasan. Sathya completed her Mridangam arangetram (debut concert) in 2014 in Chennai, India. She accompanied two internationally renowned violinists, Lalgudi Sri. G.J.R. Krishnan and Lalgudi Smt. Vijayalakshmi, as well as Sri. Ghatam Suresh, a top-notch rhythm expert. Sathya was awarded the Best Percussionist Award by the Sangeet Samraat Competition in 2016. Other prominent artists Sathya has accompanied include Dr. M. Chandrasekharan, Dr. M. Narmadha, Sri. B.S. Purushotham, amongst others. After completing her arangetram, she became part of the staff at her father and teacher’s school, Sarvalaghu Percussion Arts Center, to teach students the artform and bring them to the arangetram-level. Sathya is a senior at Evergreen Valley High School.

Narayan Kadekodi

Disciple of Pandit Taranath Rao - Farukhabad, Dehli & Ajrada Gharana

Narayan is a performer and teacher in the art of tabla playing. He received most of his training under the tutelage of renowned masters Pandit Taranath Rao and Pandit Ravi Bellare. He has accompanied several distinguished artists from India, Pakistan and Bangladesh such as Ustad Salamat Ali Khan, Smt. Sheila Dhar, Vidushi Subhra Guha, Shri Gajanan Hegde and Vidushi Radha Desai and several well known artists from USA.

Gregg Johnson

Disciple of Pandit Taranath Rao - Pakhawaj

Gregg attended CalArts as an Ahmanson Scholar, completing a BFA (‘77) and MFA (’79) in World Music Performance with specialization in the classical music of India. He studied and performed extensively with the great tabla maestro Pandit Taranath Rao (late) while at CalArts and for 11 years until 1991. In 1990 Gregg toured India with Pandit Taranath presenting solo and ensemble recitals on the tabla and pakhawaj.  Then, from 1991-2005, Gregg continued an intensive study in the Guru-Shishya system with Pandit Taranath’s nephew, Pandit Ravindranath Bellare (late), specializing in the Farukabhad Gharana which emphasizes recitation of rhythmic Sanskrit poetry and ancient Hindu prayers set to the intricate rhythmic cycles known as Tala in settings for Kathak Dance. Gregg received the California Institute of the Arts  Distinguished Alumni Award in 2005.

Leonice Shinneman

Disciple of Pandit Taranath Rao - Farukhabad, Dehli & Ajrada Gharana

Leonice Shinneman is recognized as the foremost American disciple of the legendary North Indian tabla and pakhawaj master Pandit Taranath Rao. Broadening his expertise in the Farukhabad style of tabla performance, Leonice continued his studies with Pandit Ravi Bellare. Leonice's original research on calculations within the tala system has shed new light on the art of improvising rhythmic resolutions in real-time. Lessons with renowned South Indian Ghatam master T.H. Subash Chandran have led to his mastery of Karnatic percussion. Ustad Alla Rakha, T.R. Harihara Sarma, Swapan Chaudhuri and T.R. Rajamani were also his teachers. Leonice has given tabla and pakhawaj solos in Europe, India, Mexico and the U.S.A. and has performed Indian classical music in concert with Amiya Dasgupta, L. Shankar, Ganasaraswathy, Zakir Hussain and Rajeev Taranath. He is co-founder of the world music group Dark whose recordings "Dark"and "Tamna Voda" were produced by CMP records. Combining East Indian and West African Rhythms, Leonice performs utilizing an innovative drum kit of his own design. He holds several U.S. patents for original percussion equipment and received his BFA and MFA from California Institute of the Arts, where he also served as faculty.

Jef Feldman

Disciple of Pandit Taranath Rao - Farukhabad, Dehli & Ajrada Gharana

Jef Feldman (Pakhawaj) studied for 12 years with Pt. Taranath Rao. He likes to say it was "12 years of Christmas." His first teacher of Indian music was Harihar Rao, a sitar disciple of Pt. Ravi Shankar, with whom he founded The Music Circle. Jef is author of The Tabla Legacy of Taranath Rao and Learning Tabla with Alla Rakha. He spent a year in India as a Senior Research Fellow with the American Institute of Indian Studies. He is currently a member of the Board of Directors of The Music Circle.

Mike Robbins

Percussionist & Composer

Mike Robbins is a percussionist and composer based in the Los Angeles area. He earned his MFA from the California Institute of the Arts in 2002. Current projects include work with Eighteen Squared, for which Mike serves as its artistic director, an ensemble specializing in performances of the works of Steve Reich.

Ritvik Yaparpalvi

Disciple of Pandit Nayan Ghosh

Ritvik Yaparpalvi is a 16 year old high schooler from Ardsley, New York. Born in the USA, to an immigrant Indian family with no known musical talents in their family lineage, Ritvik’s journey with music education began at a young age. Ritvik developed an interest for music from the age of one, gravitating towards percussive instruments. He began his musical training, first in Tabla- the North Indian percussive instrument, at the age of 3. Following this, he began his training in western music and soon after started learning western percussion, at the age of 10. Ritvik is a Ganda-Bandh disciple, signifying his link to the great lineage of his Guru-- Pandit Nayan Ghosh. Ritvik has been learning under his guidance for the past 8 years. He underwent the Ganda Bandhan ceremony this last summer, a turning point event which very few students undergo in their Indian classical music journey. He has progressed to become a very young talent in the Indian Classical Music scene, performing across the US and India since the age of 8. He has accompanied many major artists, both in the US and musicians from India. To expand his knowledge of Indian classical music, Ritvik has been learning Hindustani Classical Vocal from Smt. Sanhita Nandi since the age of 12. Western music is also a major passion to Ritvik, one he began his tutelage at the age of 10. Currently, Ritvik continues his learning of Western Percussion under Dr. Payton MacDonald. Ritvik has been part of multiple percussion ensembles, inside and out of school. He has also participated in the regional orchestra and band since 2011. He has also participated in the school’s jazz band and combo. Other than percussion, Ritvik studies classical and jazz piano from Mr. Anthony Aibel. Other than music, Ritvik has a love for school, research and sports. He is currently researching the combinations of music therapy and neuroscience disabilities. He has started his study and seeks to publish a paper in the near future. Ritvik also competes in sports, running Varsity Cross Country and plays Varsity Tennis for his high school. He enjoys school, taking an interest in science, math, and global studies.

Asrita Sathengeri

Disciple of Sri Manu Srivastava

Asrita Sathengeri is thirteen year old, studying 8th Grade in Basis School at Phoenix. She is learning Hindustani classical music from Guru Sri. Manu Srivastava since she was 6 years old. Asrita actively participates in various singing events conducted by Phoenix Gharana and won awards in several competitions. She actively sings in local Bhajan groups. Asrita aspires to be professional Hindustani singer performing in various music events. Asrita also learns Bharatanatyam dance from 2010 and she will be performing her Arangetram in Fall 2019. She also learns Piano for last 10 years. In her spare time she loves to read books, paint and do craft work.

Robin Sukhadia

Disciple of Pandit Swapan Chaudhuri

A Master in Fine Arts graduate from the World Music program at the California Institute of the Arts, Robin Sukhadia studies under the virtuoso tabla maestro Pandit Swapan Chaudhuri at CalArts and the Ali Akbar College of Music in San Rafael, California. He has also studied with many of Swapanji's senior disciples, including Debasish Chaudhuri, Randy Gloss, Shankar Prasad, and Tim Witter. Robin performs extensively, in both classical and contemporary contexts, and has developed innovative music education programs at the Mahatma Gandhi Ashram in Ahmedabad, the Weill Institute at Carnegie Hall, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, the GRAMMY Museum, Machine Project in Los Angeles, and Shree Mangal Dvip Boarding School in Kathmandu, Nepal. In 2011, he completed a Fulbright Senior Research Fellowship in India, where he developed 6 music education programs across India and Nepal, each serving children in some of the poorest regions and communities of south Asia. Robin currently serves as an Advancement Officer for The Colburn School, considered among the world's foremost institutions for music education. More info is available at www.tablapusher.com.

Aakash Pujara

Harmonium

Aakash Pujara plays Tabla and is an Indian Classical flautist. He began Tabla training at the age of 8 from the Late Pandit Ravi Bellare, after which he went on to learn Tabla with Shri Hemant Ekbote. Aakash connected so well with the melody aspect of Indian music that he then also began training in Indian Classical Flute from Pandit Divyang Thakore in Gujrat, India, where he obtained a Visharad degree in Hindustani music. He currently learns with Pandit Radha Prasad, and continues to give flute and tabla performances in and around Southern, CA. Playing the harmonium has come naturally to Aakash and has given Lehra to several local artists for Tabla Solos. Aakash has a degree in Biochem from Cal-Poly Pomona, and currently works for Bank of America as a Sr. Operations Analyst.

Luis Miguel Costero

Drummer and multidirectional Percussionist, Luis Costero is one of the musicians with the greatest demand within the great diversity of musical styles in Mexico City. As a drummer he has participated in various ensembles of Jazz, World Music, Rock, Afrobeat, and Contemporary fusion in Mexico and Europe. He has studied the musical art of North India specializing in the Table, learning from the masters Pandit Swapan Chaudhuri, Abhijit Banerjee, Shashanka Bakshi and Ilias Kahn. He has accompanied Dhrupad vocalist Uday Bawalkar, sarodist Partho Sarodi, and sitarist Paul Livingstone, bansuri interpreter Aura Rascon and Sitarists Holving Argaez and Sidartha Siliceo as well as Odissi dancer Djael Vinaver. Luis plays the box with which he toured Europe accompanying the choreographer and flamenco dancer Pilar medina musicalizing several of his works, he has implemented his own percussion sets of the world to cover his diverse needs of musical expression, participating in the musicalization of cinema , dance, theater and as a singer of the ensemble of voices Cuicanitl. Luis has participated in the biggest festivals of his country like the Cervantino, Ollin Kan, International Festival of the City of Mexico. He participates in Germany and Mexico City with the Dresden Sinfoniker, and in New York with the Brooklyn Phylarmonic playing drums as soloist in the work of Enrico Chapella: Noctámbulos, for trio of Rock and orchestra. He has been a drummer for major OCESA musicals as well as percussionist for the Canadian circus company les Septs Doigts de la Main. Drummer of the Latin Jazz and afrobeat group of Sylvie Henry, Konbit, also participating as Music Director and Producer in his discs. He is also part of LIJ Trio with whom he recorded the cd In the Forest. He is also a member of the Fusion-avantgard band Elástica that incorporates prehispanic percussion and classical instruments in a contemporary context, recording music by renowned Mexican composers such as Arturo Márquez, Javier Álvarez, Hilda Paredes and Roberto Morales among others. Currently, he is a member of the Mexican contemporary percussion group with Mesoamerican instruments Lluvia de Palos / Kuauhkiauhtzintli with which he has performed in several cities of Mexico, Peru, Spain, and recorded the album Tlaltekuinilistli.

John Stephens

Disciple of Ustad Aashish Khan

John Stephens is a sitar, surbahar and sarode player based in Los Angeles. He earned his bachelor’s in music from Berklee College of Music (2006), majoring in Jazz Composition. After living in India for a year, he went on to earn his MFA in North Indian music at CalArts (2011).  John continues to learn from maestro Ustad Aashish Khan, eldest son of Ustad Ali Akbar. Aashish Khan learned primarily from his grandfather, Baba Allauddin Khan, who was one of the most influential musicians in the history of Hindustani music, having taught Pandit Ravi Shankar, Ustad Ali Akbar Khan, and many others. John began his training with Aashish Khan in 2009, after spending four years learning sitar from Pandit Amarnath Mishra in Banaras. 

John is a performing musician, recording artist, music and podcast producer, and music educator. He has given many North Indian classical performances for various occasions including concert programs, competitions, lecture/demonstrations, private concerts, holiday programs and film scores. In addition to teaching privately, he is a regular teacher at the California State Summer School for the Arts, and substitute teacher for world music faculty at CalArts. He is also a published author on ancient Indian microtonal theory, and his article, “The Microtones of Bharata’s Natyashastra,” appears in Volume 6 of Analytical Approaches to World Music. An upcoming book, "Sangeet: Legacy of the Maihar Gharana," will feature John's transcriptions of Ustad Aashish Khan's music.

Nisha Kulkarni

Disciple of Sri Manu Srivastava

Nisha Kulkarni began her hindustani vocal training at 5 with Sri Manu Srivastava of Phoenix Gharana. She showed early promise and, at the age of 10, won the Swarganga Crescendo national competition in Atlanta for the age group 15 and under. Since then she has continued her taleem and has performed at many venues, including Pt. Kashinath Bodas Festival and Darpan Festival in Phoenix and Swarzankar Festival in Aurangabad and Nashik in India. She has completed her Visharad degree from the Indian Institute of Classical Music. She is a rising senior in high school and also learns Odissi dance. She is an advocate for educating and empowering women around the world, and is the president of her school’s chapter of the She’s the First organization.

Rohit Panchakshari

Rohit A. Panchakshari started learning tabla from Late Pt. Bhanudas Pawar and Nitin Pawar at the age of 8. He has learned the aesthetics of Punjab gharana from Guru Narendra Khot (disciple of maestro Ustad Allarakha Khansaheb), and is very fortunate to continue his "taalim" under the tutelage of Guru Pt. Supreet Deshpande (disciple of Farukhabad tradition torchbearer Pt. Kiran Deshpande and Taalyogi Pt. Suresh Talwalkar). Rohit is also privileged to receive guidance from world renowned tabla virtuoso Ustad Zakir Hussain when he attends his annual tabla workshops. Seeking inspiration from his gurus, in addition to his sincere commitment to music, Rohit has completed his PhD from Harvard Medical School and currently works as an Immunology Scientist at Takeda Pharmaceuticals in San Diego.

Sarang Majmudar

Disciple of Pandit Nayan Ghosh - Farukhabad Gharana

Sarang is born into a musical family and started receiving tabla lessons from a young age of 5 years old from Jyoti Prakas and Abhijit Banerjee. Sarang is presently a disciple of Pandit Nayan Ghosh and travels to India during breaks at school to study the art of tabla. Sarang has been fortunate to have had the opportunity to accompany Pt Jasraj, Ashit and Hema Desai, and Kankana Banerjee. Sarang is a junior at UCR.

Chirag Dixit

Disciple of Sri Pankaj Mishra

Chirag Dixit is a student of Pankaj Mishra of the Benaras Gharana. He has been learning Sarangi for the past five years. He previously studied Hindustani vocal music under Geetha Munshi. Chirag recently graduated from UC Riverside with a degree in computer engineering.

Tomomi Tsuda

Disciple of Sri Debasish Chaudhuri

Tomomi started learning tabla @ Jawaharlal Nehru Indian Culture Center, Jakarta, Indonesia in 2012. Tomomi was fortunate to find the Guru, Debasish Chaudhuri-ji when she moved into the United States in 2015.

Ayan Banerjee

Disciple of Sri Debasish Chaudhuri

Ayan Banerjee started learning tabla from his father who was a student of Acharjya Hirendranath Gangopadhyay of Lucknow Gharana. He is now learning from Sri Debasish Ji for the past 10 years. Ayan is a Computer Engineering faculty at ASU Tempe, AZ

Aanand Dika

Disciple of Sri Debasish Chaudhuri

Born into a family of musicians who were classically trained recording artists in Bollywood, Aanand initially learnt to play the tabla from his mother and father. In 2008 he was accepted as a shishya (student) by his guru (teacher) Shree Debasish Ji. Aanand teaches Hindi in Los Angeles and online, and has a Hindi language show called, “Daily Hindi Dose” on YouTube.

Ram Ramachandran

Disciple of Sri Debasish Chaudhuri

Ram started learning tabla in India and has been playing the instrument for over 7 years. For a little over three years, he has been learning tabla from Debashish Ji. Apart from pursuing his passion as a tabla artist, he works as a tech consultant for a German software company based in Palo Alto, California.

Vivek Amatya

Disciple of Sri Debasish Chaudhuri

Vivek has been a student of Debasish Chaudhuri from the age of 7.  His passion for eastern classical music began as a little kid, when he heard the tabla being played in bhajans.  He is currently a second year student at the University of California, Riverside where he is pursuing a Bachelor’s Degree in computer engineering.

Hemant Kulkarni

Disciple Sri Debasish Chaudhuri

Hemant has been playing tabla from the age of five.  He regularly plays for bhajans at various Hindu temples around California.  He has been a student of Debasish Chaudhuri for a little over five years and enjoys learning the art very much.  Hemant is in 8th grade.

Harnadar Singh

Disciple of Pandit Abhijit Banerjee and Sri Jyoti Prakas

Harnadar Singh has been learning tabla at the Dhwani Academy of Percussion Music from Pandit Abhijit Banerjee and Sri Jyoti Prakas for the last ten years. He is the senior most student in the academy.He also studied tabla in UCLA music studies. He accompanied various vocalists and instrumentalists in Southern California. He is also pursuing the dilruba, a stringed instrument played with a bow. Currently he works as a researcher at Chapman University and teaches tabla at the Kaur and Singh Academy.

Roddur Dasgupta

Disciple of Pandit Abhijit Banerjee and Sri Jyoti Prakas

Roddur Dasgupta (age 18) is a Freshman in Computer Science in USC. He started learning tabla from his father Tathagata Dasgupta at the early age of 5 and then started Dhwani Academy of Percussion at the age of 8 under the tutelage of Guru Pt. Abhijit Banerjee and Jyoti Prakas Mistri. In 2018, he had his Mancha Pravesh with his tabla solo performance. He continues to practice his passion in music with focus on tabla, piano and music.

Karran Thaker

Disciple of Pandit Abhijit Banerjee and Sri Jyoti Prakas

Karran Thaker has been learning tabla from Pt. Abhijit Banerjee and Shri Jyoti Prakas for over 10 years, and holds a Junior Diploma in tabla from Prayag Sangeet Samiti. He currently attends UCLA, pursuing a major in Molecular & Cell Biology, and is also deeply involved with the Indian classical music department there. Aside from tabla, he learns Hindustani classical vocal music under the instruction of Pt. Abhijit Banerjee, and plays guitar too. Most recently played in the 2019 Parampara program, sponsored by The Music Circle, showcasing Southern California schools, their teachers and students.

Hurshvir Singh

Disciple of Pandit Abhijit Banerjee and Sri Jyoti Prakas

HurshVir Singh, a senior at Canyon High School, has been a student of Pandit Abhijit Banerjee and Jyoti Prakas at Dhwani Academy of Percussion Music since the age of 7. He also took part in Hemkund Foundation Kirtan competition and awarded placement. Hursh is a lead tabla for the International Institute of Gurmat Studies. Most recently in the 2019 Parampara program, sponsored by The Music Circle, showcasing Southern California schools, their teachers and students.

Hridhay Karthikeyan

Disciple of Pandit Abhijit Banerjee and Sri Jyoti Prakas

Hridhay Karthikeyan is a 17 year old senior at Beckman High School in Irvine, CA. He has learned from Pandit Abhijit Banerjee and Jyoti Prakas since the age of 7. He also learns Karnatik classical vocal consistently side by side under reputed Sri Babu Parameswar. Hridhay has played with the western orchestra of Beckman for a video game concert and Beckman TedTalk. He has also accompanied several musicians around Orange County and plays western percussion at the Beckman High School Marching Band, Wind Ensemble and Winter Drumline. Hridhay has recently played at the Parampara program sponsored by Music Circle.

Om Reddy Chintala

Student of Rupesh Kotecha

Om has been learning tabla from Rupesh Kotecha for the past two years. This will be his first public performance in front of a grand audience. Om is the youngest performer for the Festival of Tabla 2019, so please give him your blessings to continue this amazing art form for years to come and continue the tradition.

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