A leaf from my life……
I was born in the holy city of Lord Shiva, Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh,
in the year 1958. Born in a well-known Bengali family, I was encouraged
to learn music from a very tender age by my mother. During my early
childhood days, I started learning Tabla as one of the musical instruments
under the formal guidance of Late Thakur Uma Shankar Singh for first two years.
In the later years, this inquisitiveness to explore my passion from a deeper
perspective led me to become one of the disciples of Late Pt. Chhote Lal Mishra,
Varanasi. This exploration further continued and I was privileged that great Tabla
wizard Padma Vibhushan Late Shri Pt. Kishan Maharaj accepted me as one of his
disciples for which I am always grateful to him. I also took formal classical
vocal training under the guidance of Padmashri Pt. Rajeshwar Acharya
(former Dean Faculty of Performing Arts, Gorakhpur University).
I received my Master’s degree in Tabla in the year 1979 from Prayag Sangeet Samiti, Allahabad. I have also been honoured to receive an invitation from the Ministry of Education, Afghanistan, to pen a book on “An Introduction to Tabla”.