Tabla Duet with Rajen Sukhadia | Winston Salem, North Carolina

I performed a tabla duet in Teentaal (16 beat cycle) with my father Rajen Sukhadia at an event organized by www.sarodsitar.com on January 12, 2012. Sri Gaurang Doshi facilitated the event.

“This was the first time we played tabla classically together together for an audience. learning the same material and presenting it together. He has played such an important role in my development as a musician and human being, and it was an honor to share the stage with him. Here, we start with a kaida taught to him by his Guru, Gaurang Doshi, and I end with a kaida taught to me by my Guru, Pandit Swapan Chaudhuri.”

Photographs by Neelanjana Banerjee

About the artists:

Rajen Sukhadia
Rajen began his musical training in vocal and tabla at the at the age of eleven in Mehemedabad, Gujarat. He began his studies with Sri Raghubhai Pahadwala of the Ajrada Gharana, and then continued his vocal training with Srimati Kumudani Rathore of the Maihar Gharana. At present, he is studying tabla with Sri Gaurang Doshi, who is a sarode exponent of the Maihar Gharana. For the past 15 years, Rajen has been teaching north Indian classical vocal and tabla in the greater Greensboro North Carolina area.

Robin Sukhadia
A Master in Fine Arts graduate from the World Music program at the California Institute of the Arts, Robin Sukhadia is a disciple of tabla maestro Pandit Swapan Chaudhuri. Robin’s special focus on the musical traditions and rhythms of south Asia informs his approach to musical arrangement and composition on a wide range of concert, film, and album productions. For the past seven years, Robin has traveled internationally on behalf of Project Ahimsa , an organization committed to empowering impoverished youth through music education. He performs and teaches 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 Hammer Museum in Los Angeles, the de Young Museum in San Francisco, the Asian Art Museum in San Francisco, the Machine Project in Los Angeles and the Sangati Center in San Francisco. In 2010, Robin was awarded a Fulbright Senior Research Award to expand his work with music education in India. Learn more at www.tablapusher.com.
I performed a tabla duet in Teentaal (16 beat cycle) with my father Rajen Sukhadia at an event organized by www.sarodsitar.com on January 12, 2012. Sri Gaurang Doshi facilitated the event.

“This was the first time we played tabla classically together together for an audience. learning the same material and presenting it together. He has played such an important role in my development as a musician and human being, and it was an honor to share the stage with him. Here, we start with a kaida taught to him by his Guru, Gaurang Doshi, and I end with a kaida taught to me by my Guru, Pandit Swapan Chaudhuri.”

Photographs by Neelanjana Banerjee

About the artists:

Rajen Sukhadia
Rajen began his musical training in vocal and tabla at the at the age of eleven in Mehemedabad, Gujarat. He began his studies with Sri Raghubhai Pahadwala of the Ajrada Gharana, and then continued his vocal training with Srimati Kumudani Rathore of the Maihar Gharana. At present, he is studying tabla with Sri Gaurang Doshi, who is a sarode exponent of the Maihar Gharana. For the past 15 years, Rajen has been teaching north Indian classical vocal and tabla in the greater Greensboro North Carolina area.

Robin Sukhadia
A Master in Fine Arts graduate from the World Music program at the California Institute of the Arts, Robin Sukhadia is a disciple of tabla maestro Pandit Swapan Chaudhuri. Robin’s special focus on the musical traditions and rhythms of south Asia informs his approach to musical arrangement and composition on a wide range of concert, film, and album productions. For the past seven years, Robin has traveled internationally on behalf of Project Ahimsa , an organization committed to empowering impoverished youth through music education. He performs and teaches 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 Hammer Museum in Los Angeles, the de Young Museum in San Francisco, the Asian Art Museum in San Francisco, the Machine Project in Los Angeles and the Sangati Center in San Francisco. In 2010, Robin was awarded a Fulbright Senior Research Award to expand his work with music education in India. Learn more at www.tablapusher.com.