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Noted Austin VIsiting Tabla  Performers and Teachers:




      Austin Past Visitors & Teachers

Samir Chatterjee

 is one of India's leading tabla players.  Born into a musical family in Calcutta, he began his studies early with Pandit Bankim Ghosh, Pandit Balaram Mukherjee, Pandit Rathin Djar, and Mohammad Salim.  His later formation as a musician occurred under the guidance of Pandit Amalesh Chatterjee and Pandit Shyamal Bose.  All of Samir's teachers have been from the Farrukhabad Gharana school of tabla which he now represents.

Samir appears frequently as a soloist and accompanist throughout India.  Since 1982, he has toured extensively in the United States and Canada, in Western and Eastern Europe, North Africa and Asia.

All India Radio maintains Samir as an A-rated artist.  He can be heard on numerous recordings both as soloist and accompanying many of India's greatest musicians.  Samir has worked with Pt. Ravi Shankar, Pt. Bhimsen Joshi, Pt. Nikhil Banerjee, Pt. V.G. Jog, Pt. Dr. L Subrhamaniam , Ud. Salamat Ali Khan, Smt. Lakshmi Shankar, Smt. Girija Devi and many others.

Samir has been teaching for 24 years, and many of his students are now established performers.  He is the founder/director of CHHANANAYAN, an organization dedicated to promoting and preserving Indian music and culture.


Ustad Shafaat Ahmed Khan 

Started to play the tabla  before he  could walk, taught by his  father Ustad Chamma Khan, a maestro of the Delhi gharana. His maternal grandfather, Ustad Chand Khan was a vocalist of repute, his uncles Ustad Nasir Ahmed Khan and Ustad Bande Navab Khan were vocalist and sarangi player respectively. Armed with such an illustrious musical family, it was but natural that young Shafaat continued the tradition. His first initiation into music was as a vocalist but when he was five he formally started taking lessons in tabla from his father and his guru.

`` My father was against my decision to take up tabla playing wanted me to become a doctor as earning a livelihood from just playing was not assured. But I stuck to being a tabla player,'' recalls Ustad Shafaat with fond memories of his father's instructions. 

Ustad Shafaat has accompanied almost all the present day musicians. He has performed at prestigious concert hall of England, America, Europe, Japan, Australia, and Africa regaling audiences with the magic of his fingers. Interestingly, he is perhaps the only tabla player who has accompanied the Kathak dancer Birju Maharaj and the Bharat Natyam exponent Leela Sampson.

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 Sadanand Naimpalli

Tabla Master, Solo Artist and Teacher

Sadanand Nampalli Website

He won the President's award for standing first at the All India Radio Competitions held on a National scale in 1963, when barely sixteen years old. Sadanand not only won fresh laurels at various music competitions but also began participating in various music conferences alongside-recognised stalwarts.

Sadanand's first visit abroad came at the tender age of seventeen years, when having been adjudged the most accomplished young Tabla player at the Inter University Youth Festival, he was selected by the Indian Government and UNESCO to tour Europe. Thereafter, he has had many more tours to the United States of America, Europe, and the Middle East.


Subhankar Banerjee

A representative of Farukhabad gharana, Subhankar is an highly talented tabla player. He received his initial training from his father, Sunil Kumar Banerjee. Later he continued his training under the guidance of Preetimoy Goswami and Swapan Siva.

Subhankar has performed with distinguished vocalists such as Pandit Jasraj, Ajoy Chakrabarty, Rashid Khan, and with instrumentalists such as N. Rajam (violin), Budhaditya Mukherjee (sitar), Hariprasad Chaurasia (flute), Ronu Majumdar (flute), Shahid Parvez (sitar), Vishwa Mohan Bhatt (guitar), and Shivkumar Sharma (santoor). He has been on concert tours with many of these artistes many times over.



Udai Mazumdar 

is a promising Tabla Player of the Benares Gharana. He hails from a family of musicians and fine artists in Allahabad. His father, Partho Sarathy Mazumdar,is among the first-generation in the field of Indian classical music.

Udai's Initial training was in vocal music, but was simultaneously drawn to the resonating rhythmic possibilities of the Tabla. His first encounter with the Tabla was under the tutelage of Dilip Kumar and Alok Ganguly. In 1981, he turned to the eminent Pandit Asoutosh Bhattacharya, one of the foremost disciples of the legendary Pandit Kanthe Maharaj, to hone his skills. In 1989, Udai shifted to Delhi to further his musical experience and became the disciple of the world-renowned Sitar Maestro, Pandit Ravi Shankar, lived with him and learnt the art of Table accompaniment.

Udai has participated in many noteworthy Indian and International festivals, besides playing for Pandit Ravi Shankar on different occassions. He is a regular performer on the Indian national radio and television channels. 

Sandip Burman

Mr. Burman is an accomplished tabla player, and his performances are marked
with spontaneous innovation and tonal purity even when he is delivering
complex rhythmic patterns at dazzling speeds. His repertoire is vast and
includes both commonly and rarely played rhythms. He began studying tabla
at the age of six with Pandit Shyamal Bose of Calcutta, one of India's
distinguished tabla maestros. Recently Sandip has collaborated and toured
with Béla Fleck. He has also played with jazz legends Jack DeJohnette and
John Scofield in addition to Glen Valez, Howard Levy, Paul McCandless,
Victor Wooten and many others.


Born on November 17th, 1968, in the family of the renowned vocalists Pandit Dinkar Kaikini and Smt. Shashikala Kaikini, was initiated into tabla by his father at the tender age of six. He continued under the able guidance of Pandit H. Taranath Rao and since the age of ten has been under the gifted tutelage of Ustad Alla Rakha.

An 'A' grade artist of All India Radio and Doordarshan and a musician with a keen sense of rhythm and an intricate understanding of tala, Yogesh has given numerous solo performances as well as accompanied many musicians of repute, viz. Pandit Dinkar Kaikini, Late Pandit K.G. Ginde, Pandit Jasraj, Pandit Bhimsen Joshi, Pandit Shivkumar Sharma, Pandit Hari Prasad Chaurasia, Pandit Ram Narayan, Ustad Sultan Khan, Smt. Shobha Gurtu, Ustad Shahid Pervez, Dr. N. Rajam, Ustad Rashid Khan. He has also accompanied Ustad Allah Rakha and Ustad Zakir Hussain in their solo performances.

Yogesh has performed in prestigious music festivals throughout India as well as Europe, USA, Canada, Japan and South Africa. Special mention must be made of his performance in the prestigious music festival of Parampara in Germany, Theatre De La Ville in Paris, and tabla workshop conducted in the Shinshu University in Japan.

Today, Yogesh has the distinction of being regarded as one of the most promising young tabla players in the world.


Nayan Ghosh

Born on 28th April, 1956 to Smt. Usha Ghosh and the late Pandit Nikhil Ghosh. Nayanji's training on the tabla commenced under the able tutelage of his father at a very early age. By the age of four, he was giving public performances on the tabla, and had become an empanelled artist of All India Radio.

He was hailed as a child prodigy, and has done ample justice to the expectations of his elders and peer community in the process of his growth into a mature musician. In his teens, Nayan Ghosh was fortunate to be a constant companion to Badshah-e-Tabla Ustad Ahmedjan Thirakwa, and learnt many rare and treasured compositions from the latter. Thirakwa Khan Saheb also supervised Nayanji's riyaaz for all those years. 

Nayan's tabla playing retains the authentic flavour of the Laliyana and Farrukhabad Gharanas, and his individual style is distinct and powerful, while being reminiscent of Ustads Ahmedjan Thirakwa, Amir Hussain, Sheik Dawood, as well as his father and mentor Padmabhushan Pandit Nikhil Ghosh.

Nayan is always in demand. He has accompanied three generations of musicians, including such 'all time greats' as Ustad Latafat Hussain Khan, Ustad Yunus Hussain Khan, Ustad Vilayat Khan, Pandit Ravi Shankar & Pandit Nikhil Banerjee. 

Abhiman Kaushal

At a young age, Abhiman Kaushal was indoctrinated into the world of Tabla by his father, R.B. Kaushal, himself a disciple of the legendary Ustad Amir Hussain Khan. While living in the city of Hyderabad, India, Abhiman Kaushal furthered his studies with both Ustad Sheikh Dawood and Pandit B. Nandkumar. As a result of these studies, Abhiman Kaushal is today considered to be one of the leading proponents of the Farukkabad, Lucknow, and Ajrara schools of Tabla.

Throughout the continued development of his accomplished career, Abhiman Kaushal has performed with a veritable "who's who" of leading Indian musicians, including Ustad Zakir Hussain, Pt. Hari Prasad Chaurasia, Pt Jasraj, Ustad Rais Khan, Ustad Shahid Parvez, Pt. Viswa Mohan Bhatt, Ustad Shujaat Khan, and Smt. Lakshmi Shankar. Of particular note is Kaushal's extended stint with Pt. Ravi Shankar. Kaushal recorded three albums with Pt. Ravi Shankar and toured extensively with the master throughout the Americas, Europe, and Asia. 

His talents and achievements have led him to become Director of Tabla at UCLA's Ethnomusicology Department, where he trains a large and diverse student body.


Sudhir Pandey

Sudhir Pandey is one of India's leading tabla players.  He started his training, at age 8, with his father Arjun Pandey and Bhagwat Singh of Ajrada (Delhi and Benaras styles). Pandey has attained a beautiful combination of these traditional schools.  He is an A grade artiste on India's national radio and television.   His reputation put him in demand with renowned artists such as Vilayat Khan, Nikhil Banerji, Amjad Ali Khan, Girija Devi, Pandit Jasraj, Pandit Ramnarayan, and Rajan -Sajan Mishra.
Sudhir has also been awarded a national fellowship by the Indian government for improving the cultural heritage of the country.  He has toured Europe and Asia. He was selected to represent India in cultural events in Bhutan, Vietnam and Geneva.

Pranesh  Khan 

Visiting Performer & Instructor

Pranesh Khan is a master Tabla player whose musical career includes performances with many noted Western and Eastern musicians, including the Philadelphia String Quartet, Paul Horn, John Handy, Alice Coltrane and the Shanti and Third Eye fusion bands, Ali Akbar Khan, Aashish Khan, Nikhil Banerjee, Lakshmi Shankar and G.S. Sachdev.  Pranesh is familiar to and beloved of Bay Area audiences, draws on the great heritages of his grandfather Baba Allauddin Khan and father Ali Akbar Khan.  He is a representative of the Punjab and Lucknow gharanas as well as being a disciple of the Farukhabad gharana. He has studied with tabla  masters Kanai Datta, Shankar Ghosh, Alla Rakha and Zakir Hussain.   He is currently studying with master Swapan Chaudhuri


 Aloke Dutta

A native of India, Aloke received his first lessons from his father, Anadinath Dutta, and later undertook advanced study with Shankar Ghosh and Jnan Prakash Ghosh. From 1976 to 1984 he was tabla instructor at Viswa Bharati and Rabindra Bharati Universities. He began his performing career in 1974, sharing the stage with many noted musicians in India, Europe, Japan, and North America. Aloke's tabla playing combines the complexity of classical Indian forms with contemporary ideas to create a unique, emotionally-charged music.

Aloke Tabla Instruction Book has been very popular and is still available.

Aloke Dutta lived in Austin for several years and taught a number of the resident tabla students who are still part of the Austin Tabla Gang.


Shri Ramdas Palsule

Having achieved Bachelor's degree in Engineering, Shri. Ramdas Palsule has developed his career as a talented, promising young tabla player. He is a disciple of eminent tabla player & Guru Pandit Suresh Talwalkar. He is a good soloist as well as versatile accompanist. He has traveled widely all over India and abroad to USA, Germany, Gulf Countries, Australia, Africa etc., for his tabla performances. He has accompanied many artists, which includes Late Pandit Jeetendra Abhisheki, Pandit Jasraj, Pandit Shivkumar Sharma, Pandit Ulhas Kashalkar, Ustad Shahid Parvez, Ustad Sulatan Khan, Pandit Vishwamohan Bhatt, Pandit Tarun Bhattacharya

He is well known for tabla solo performances as well as
accompaniment of vocal, instrumental and dance.

Subhen Chatterjee

The senior-most disciple of the Tabla maestro, Pandit Swapan Chaudhuri, Subhen Chatterjee has established himself as one of the finest young Tabla players of India today. Without restricting himself solely to the art of Tabla playing, Subhen has expanded his talent by creating a Fusion Orchestra group called Karma. Subhen has collaborated with such eminent artists as Paul Horn and David Cosby and is also a performing artist for the World Organization of Music and Dance (WOMAD) founded by Peter Gabriel.

Subhen Chatterjee has been accompanying legendary artists such as Pandit Bhimsen Joshi, Pandit Jasraj, Pandit V.G. Jog, Smt. Girija Devi, Smt. Sobha Gurtu, Smt. Joya Biswas, Shahid Parvez, Buddhaditya Mukherjee, Rashid Khan, Viswa Mohan Bhatt, Aashish Khan and a host of others in international recordings and in concerts throughout the world.

Mallar Ghosh

Mallar Ghosh A brilliant tabla solist and accompanist. He is the son and disciple of Pnan (Gyan) Prakash Ghosh,  renowned percussionist and composer who trained many great musicians, including Dilip Das, Kanai Dutta and Shyamal Bose Shankar Ghosh, Gobindo Bose, Sanjoy Mukherjee and Anindo Chatterjee. vocalist ; Prasun Banerjee, Arun Bhaduri, Tanima Thakur; Ajoy Chakravarty; and Abhijit Banerjee.



Studied Under Pandit Shree Divyang Vakil, who is a disciple of Lt. Ustad Shree AllahRakha And Ustad Shree Zakir Hussein (Panjab Gharana), Lt.Ustad Shree Latif Ahmad (Delhi Gharana) And Shree Sudhir Saxena (Ajarada Gharana)  

Sanjay has performed in India, Austria, Belgium, France, Germany, Poland, Portugal, Spain, and all over the U.S.A. and worked as a Music Instructor from 1986 to 1999 for Harmonium, Tabla and vocal at the London Borough of Ealing, Harrow, Brent, U.K. Presented Tabla Workshops at The Arsha Vidya Gurukulam- PA, and B.A.P.S. Shree Swaminarayan Mandir, Atlanta, GA.

Sanjay Patel is currently teaching workshop in Georgia  Click here for more info 


Vijay Ghate

 is considered by vocalists, instrumentalists, and by classical dancers as one of the best of the young tabla players of India. Originally from Jabalpur (MP), Vijay learned his art at a very early age. He then moved to Mumbai, and for over twelve years he was under the tutelage of Pandit Suresh Talwalkar, one of the most creative and knowledgeable teacher. Even at the age of 16 he became well-known for his scintillating solo performance, as well as, accompaniment with vocal and instrumental music and kathak dance. Vijay is known for clarity, dexterity, accuracy, and purity of various complicated, tabla compositions.

During the past ten years or so he has accompanied many well known artist like Hariprasad Chaurasia (flute), Ram Narayan (sarangi), D. K. Datar (violin), C.R. Vyas (vocal), Rajan & Sajan Misra (vocal), Ulhas Kashalkar (vocal), Arati Tikekar (vocal), Kala Ramnath (violin), Shahid Parvez (sitar), Ronu Mujumdar (flute), Vishwa Mohan Bhatt (guitar), Jasraj (vocal), Sanjeev Abhyankar (vocal), Rohini Bhate (kathak), Birju Maharaj (kathak) and many others. He has accompanied many of these artists on their tours of Japan, Germany, Netherlands, France, Canada, the U.S.A., Africa, and various countries of the former Soviet Union.

Ty Burhoe was born on February 28, 1964 in Worcester, Massachusetts and was then raised in Chicago. From age of six, Ty's training in the arts was supported by his father, a performing classical musician. His studies included wind and string instruments, as well as sculpting and painting.  In 1990 became a disciple of the great drumming virtuoso of India, Ustad Zakir Hussain. Within two years Ty was working as a full time percussionist, focusing mainly on tabla and frame drums.

Ty has worked with artists from all over the world as both a musician and producer. His passion for the classical music of North India inspires him to weave music of different traditions together. Ty is known for his unusual and creative collaborations, along with his explorations in finding new musical settings for the tabla.


Much acclaimed , young Akram is being hailed as one of the leading tabla players of  the Ajrara Gharana and is the most frequent accompanist of the living legend of sitar, Ustad Vilayat Khan.  Akram received his initial training form the late Ustad Niyazu Khan of Meerut city, and his grandfather, Ustad Mohammad Shafi Khan. He continues his training with his father Ustad Hashmat Ali Khan. He has performed at music conferences from a very young age, including in 1987 when he accompanied Ustad Vilayat Khan on a tour of Japan, and  in 1992 on a tour of the United States. Akram has accompanied most of the leading instrumental musicians in India, and has been recorded on CD with Ustad Vilayat Khan ; Pandit Bhajan Sopori, santoor; and Buddhaditya Mukherjee, sitar.   In 2003, Akram toured North America with Ustad Shahid Parvez.


Deepak Mehta
 A disciple of tabla 
maestro Ustad Shafaat Ahmed Khan a 
leading exponant of the Delhi Gharana. 
In 1996 at the age of 14 Deepak earned 
the National title of “Bal Shree” awarded 
By the late president Shankar Dayal Sharma. 

Deepak has performed as soloist and accompanist in countries throughout the world including Canada, South Africa, Moscow, Krigystan and the US. He has earned a high status as a graded artiste of All India Radio and has been featured in several television performances and magazine articles.