My Musical Journey
I graduated in engineering but continued with my passion to learn tabla (Delhi Gharana), through the traditional Guru Shishya tradition. I have performed on television, radio and stage and collaborated with classical western and eastern artists.
The move towards tabla teaching started after numerous requests from family and friends. I met many children who were taught the wrong techniques and as a perfectionist I found this very frustrating. Eventually it led to the creation of The West London School of Tabla.
During the last 16 years, I have worked as a music teacher across a variety of primary and secondary schools around London. It has given me the opportunity to observe how children learn tabla and to develop their confidence through a systematic approach. The quality of teaching has been further endorsed through Ofsted inspections and observations carried out by various School Music Services. My personal practice and music development is maintained by regularly visiting my guru in Mumbai or catching up with him on-line.
I was raised on a farm in the Punjab region of India surrounded by beautiful countryside. At the age of 9 years, I moved to Oxford with my seven brothers and sisters. Music played an important role, each evening the family would sing and play a variety of instruments. I guess it was a way to keep us connected to Indian culture. As a married man with two children, we have continued with this tradition at extended family gatherings. My wife works with creative graduates at a university in London, my daughter is studying film and photography and my son enjoys combining Indian percussion with western drumming. Spending time with all my loved ones brings me the most joy in life!