Artist Profiles: Debasish Chaudhuri

Debasish Chaudhuri

Debasish Chaudhuri is a promising and acclaimed tabla player from Kolkata, India currently based in Los Angeles, USA. He began learning tabla (Indian hand percussion) from the age of five from late Pandit Nanku Maharaj of Benaras and subsequently from late Pandit Kanai Dutta of the Farukkabad gharana.

For more than thirty years, Debasish has been under the noble guidance of his guru and uncle the world renowned tabla maestro Pandit Swapan Chaudhuri of the Lucknow Gharana (school). Debasish Chaudhuri is a graded All India Radio artist and has a diploma in Tabla – “Sangeet Pravakar”

Debasish has performed in many concerts in India and in the United States, including tabla solos, percussion ensembles and accompanied countless instrumentalists and vocalists, including Dr. Omnakutty (vocal), Ajoy Pohankar (vocal), K. Sekhar (tavil), Ustad Aashish Khan (sarod), Alam Khan (sarod), Ganesh Kumar (ganjira), the late Pandit V.G. Jog (violin), Kartick Seshadri (sitar), Pandit Jasraj (vocal), Paul Livingstone (sitar) David Trasoff (sarod), David Philipson (Indian Flute) Pandit Swapan Chaudhuri (tabla) to name a few.

Since 2004, Debasish has been teaching tabla in greater Los Angeles area and performing throughout the United States with various artists, including visiting renowned artists from India. Previously he served as a tabla faculty for Pandit Jasraj School of Music Foundation LA Chapter. He is also a visiting tabla faculty at Phoenix Gharana School of Indian Arts Phoenix, Arizona.
Currently, he is an active director and joint secretary of a Los Angeles-based nonprofit organization called “Rupak School of World Music”.

Rupak holds, workshops, concerts, and hosts regular classes for teaching Indian Classical Music in Los Angeles (California) and in Phoenix (Arizona).

Author: Angel Romero

Angel Romero y Ruiz has been writing about world music and progressive music for many years. He founded the websites worldmusiccentral.org and musicasdelmundo.com. Angel produced several specials for Metropolis (TVE) and co-produced “Musica NA”, a music show for TelevisiĆ³n EspaƱola (TVE) in Spain that featured an eclectic mix of world music, fusion, electronica, new age and contemporary classical music. Angel also produced and remastered world music and electronic music albums, compilations and boxed sets for Alula Records, Ellipsis Arts, Music of the World, Lektronic Soundscapes, and Mindchild Records. Angel is currently based in Durham, North Carolina.

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