AUGUST 19 & 20



Festival of Tabla
The first 'Festival of Tabla' in California. We've lined up a great selection of musicians to fill two full days. Contact: rupesh@festivaloftabla.com Call: 909-636-6092


AUG 19

10AM - 8:30PM


AUG 20

10AM - 7:30PM



Historic Downtown

Pomona Arts District

Loft on 2nd

543 W. 2nd St, Pomona, CA 91766


Artist  Roster


(Use button below to purchase or use the RSVP button above and pay at the door)


Two Day Pass


One Day Pass


Students w/ ID


(Students only pay $25 for a full Festival Pass...we love students)


All Festival tickets prices includes a light

vegetarian lunch and dinner

Artist  Roster

Pandit Shashanka Bakshi

Shashanka Bakshi has engaged in a life devoted to the art of Tabla performance and Indian Classical Music. His training began at the age of six under the tutelage of Pt. Bhola Prasad, who later sent him to study with the celebrated Pt. Kanai Dutta. After the untimely demise of Pt.Kanai Dutta, he was requested by the legendary tabla maestro Pt. Samta Prasad to become his direct disciple. He continued to receive intensive training from him in the Benares Gharana lineage for the remainder of Pt. Samta Prasad’s life, and is currently the most senior disciple of the great tabla legend. With a career spanning over five decades, he has accompanied such celebrated artists as Pt. Nikhil Banerjee, Ustad Bahadur Khan, Pt. Ravi Shankar, Ustad Imrat Khan, Pt. Hariprasad Chaurasia, Ustad Nishat Khan, Pt. Buddhadev Dasgupta, Pt. V.G. Jog, Pt. Daya Shankar, Pt. Vishwa Mohan Bhatt, Pt. Ronu Majumdar, Pt. Tarun Bhattacharya and Ustad Aashish Khan, along with many others.

Pandit Omkar Gulvady

Omkar Gulvady was born in a musical family in Mangalore. His grandfather, a renowned keertankar and his uncle, a violinist and a versatile musician, inspired young Omkar Gulvady to take to classical music. A child prodigy, Gulvady was initiated into tabla by his uncle Ratnakar Bhat Gulvady. Taranath Rao, a renowned tabla and pakhawaj maestro, moulded Omkar Gulvady into a refined tabla artist. Well-known tabla gurus Ravi Bellare, Shashi Bellare and Arvind Mulgaonkar imparted further knowledge to Gulvady. Over the years, Omkar Gulvady has provided tabla accompaniment to several senior and junior vocalists and instrumentalists. He has performed in almost all major music festivals in India and had also traveled abroad for concerts. He was one of the members chosen for recording projects undertaken by the archives of the University of Washington, USA, in the years 1993 and 1997.

Aditya Kalyanpur

Aditya Kalyanpur (a.k.a. “AK”) is a tabla (Indian hand-drums) maestro who has worked with some of the most legendary individuals in the music industry. 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 he’s performed with Oscar- and GRAMMY-winning composer A.R. Rahman (“Slumdog Millionaire). A child prodigy, Aditya studied tabla under the aegis of the late, legendary Ustad Allah Rakha, famous for his collaboration with Indian global icon, Pandit Ravi Shankar, and his son, two-time GRAMMY-winner Ustad Zakir Hussain. He’s also recorded with GRAMMY-nominated John Beasley (“American Idol” music director), performed with GRAMMY-winner John Popper at the prestigious Carnegie Hall NYC, and Founded the New England School of Music in Boston, MA, as well as established the Shyamal Music Foundation in Mumbai, India – a non-profit created to promote, preserve and propagate Indian classical music by giving a platform to the next generation of talented musicians.

Smt. Vandana Ghate

Vandana Ghate is an accomplished singer of Agra Gharana.  She was groomed by the legendry Pandit Ratnakant Ramnathkar, a highly revered musician of his time.  He entrusted Vandanaji with a treasure of classical ragas, compositions & a very disciplined method of rendering classical style which won Vandanaji a national award & scholarships. She won accolades in India from peers in her field, performed in music conferences & also at All India Radio.

Pankaj Misra

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. His performances at Hollywood movies & documentaries. Jungle Book is his latest edition.

Gregg Johnson

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

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 Farukkhabad 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 on the faculty.

Paul Livingstone

Born in Beirut, Lebanon, international performing artist Paul Livingstone is one of the leading sitarists in America today. He has focused his studies in the creative tradition of Indian classical raga music in which he has been rigorously trained for the past 25 years in India and the US studying under the late Amiya Dasgupta, Rajeev Taranath and the legend Pandit Ravi Shankar. Paul has performed in around the US, Mexico, Europe & Asia and has just returned from a major concert tour performing Indian music in Nepal, India, Czech & Germany. As a committed composer Paul leads his own Arohi Ensemble and has composed for film, television, theater and dance. He also plays a variety of fretless guitars and requinto’s of his own design and has also developed a unique style of ragajazz chamber music blending Indian ragas, jazz, counterpoint & rhythmic material from diverse world traditions. As a creative force for true world music synthesis. Paul maintains a clear vision for the dissemination of traditional forms and is grounded in the rich cultural milieu of Los Angeles as a dedicated teaching artist & community activist.

Mala Ganguly

Pioneering the usage of Indian Classical Music in mainstream American commercials like "Nike" CBS movie The Christmas Box". Mala Ganguly, as a touring and recording artist, performs throughout North America. Her vast repertoire includes Bhajans,Geets, Ghazals, Thumris and all styles of Bengali ragpradhan adhunik najrul giti  Atulprasad palli giti .


Widely acclaimed for her extraordinary vocal skill, Mala Ganguly is especially appreciated for her sweet timbre, flexibility, spontaneous complex vocal improvisation, and technical virtuosity.


As a SAG/AFTRA performer, she works regularly as a composer and singer for Hollywood movies, TV jingles, Voice Overs, and fusion music. Recently. Mala gave voice to the films "Mission Impossible 4 " and "Big Bang theory ".Eat pray love"the Naughtiers"Outsourced"  Mala Ganguly is the founder of The Surmala Music foundation, which is dedicated to furthering the fine arts of India.Her original artwork has been exhibited in the Laguna Beach Arts Festival, in the Monrovia Arts Festival, in San Francisco and in Los Angeles.  She specializes in producing one-of-a-kind commissioned paintings and composites.

Kamaljeet Ahluwalia

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.

Jas Ahluwalia

American-born Jas Ahluwalia studied the illustrious Tabla under the world renowned Ustad Tari Khan. Jas has learnt the Tabla in the traditional Ustad/Shagird relationship which entails a deep bond between master and disciple. Entrenched in the classical mode of training, he is utterly conversant in a variety of genres and is a favorite accompanist among touring musicians and an accomplished solo Tabla artist.

Aakash Pujara

Aakash Pujara playsTabla 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. Aakash has a degree in Biochem from Cal-Poly Pomona, and currently works for Bank of America as a Sr. Operations Analyst. 

Alok Irde

Alok Irde is a senior disciple of Pt. Swapan Chaudhuri, the foremost exponent of Lucknow Gharana and one of the finest tabla players in the world. Alok started his initial tabla training with Shri Chandrashekhar Vaze and also received mentorship and guidance from senior tabla players like Pt Omkar Gulvady, Pt Sadanand Naimpalli, Pt. Prabhakar Betrebet and the late Pt. Gourang Kodikal. He is a recipient of the CCERT National Scholarship in Tabla from the Ministry of Human Resources, Govt of India.

Ravindra Deo

Ravindra Deo is an award-winning tabla artist with several musical compositions to his credit.  A native of Long Beach, CA, Ravi's wide musical aesthetic led him to record several albums and tour nationally as a member of the esoteric space-Klezmer ensemble, The Rabbinical School Dropouts.  His distinctive music, dance, and cinematic compositions dialogue South Asian/-diasporic practices; drawing from interests in ethnomusicology, intercultural identities performance and contemporary perspectives of Hindustani music.  Notable co-artists include Smt. Sunanda Patnaik, Pt. Birju Maharaj, Arpana Dance Company, and Post Natyam.  Ravi is a senior disciple of tabla artist Shri Ramesh Kumar and also studied tabla under Professor Abhiman Kaushal while completing a degree in Ethnomusicology from UCLA.

Kabir Jhita

Kabir Jhita is a tabla player from Orange County, CA. He is fortunate to be a disciple of Pt. Abhijit Banerjee. Kabir learns in the traditional style of guru-shishya parampara and has spent time in India performing alongside his guru. He is currently in California pursuing his undergraduate degree at the Haas School of Business, UC Berkeley. His passion for music extends to his commitment in celebrating traditional Punjabi folk dance with his dance company, Got Bhangra.

Sarang Majmudar

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 sophomore at UCR.

Ruhani Patel

Ruhani began her journey in the world of North Hindustani Classical music at the age of 5 with her first teacher Ku. Saneyee Purandare, a senior disciple of Smt. Padma Talwalkar. In 2010, Ruhani began training under Pandit Arun Dravid, disciple of Smt. Kishori Amonkar (Jaipur Gharana) and went on to learn from Lt. Smt. Lakshmi Shankar (Patiala Gharana). She is currently studying Public Policy at the University of California, Riverside and is continuing to study the Patiala Gharana under the guidance of Sabarni Dasgupta, senior disciple of Pandit Ajoy Chakraborty. In addition, Ruhani recently began learning sarod under the guidance of Suman Laha.

Raghavendra Bhat

Raghavendra Bhat is a tabla and Math enthusiast from Manipal, India. He started his formal tabla training under Pt Madhava Achar at the age of 10 at the Academy School of Music and Fine Arts, Udupi. From the last 4 years he has been training under Pt Sadanand Naimpalli, Mumbai. He has topped the Junior and Senior Grade TalaVadya exams conducted by the Karnataka Govt and also topped the Bala Prathibha and Kishore Prathibha instrumental category at the district level. He has also studied violin (Carnatic style) under Vidhushi Sharmila Rao. He combines his passion for music and math in a mathe-magi-music show that he has performed from the age of 13. He has performed over 40 such shows

Ahilan Hatti

Our youngest performer Ahilan Hatti who is only 11 years old.  Ahilan started learning Santoor at the age of 7 years of age from Rupesh Kotecha and then once he had the foundation for how the santoor is played he moved on to learning from Paul Livingstone.  Paul has done amazing work with Ahilan and once you see and hear Ahilan perform you will be amazed at how talented he is.  

Rahul Parikh - Sound Engineer

In order to have a successful concert you need someone who is knowledgeable of sound and can reproduce the best acoustic music to the audience without it loosing it's natural beauty.  Rahul is the main sound engineer for the long standing Music Circle of California and has agreed and volunteered his time for our festival.  We look forward to him making sure that the sound is fantastic in all respects for the audience who attend this two day event.

Rahul's Company is Musical Acoustic

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