Tabla Exponent A tabla virtuoso from Delhi Gharana, Yuva Ratna Deepak Mehta (born May 28, 1982) did not grow up in a family of musicians.
Initially self-trained, he was spotted by his class teacher at the age of six. At that time, he began playing his first percussion instrument, the bongo, followed by congas Since then, he played in All India Radio, Doordarshan and accompanied with the music groups of Bhappi Lahari, Narinder Chanchal, Prem Bhatia & Party and many more. He started earning fame and got coverage in print and electronic media. His story was covered and telecast at that time by the famous TV serial ?Surabhi? in 1994.
Deepak Mehta finally shifted to the more demanding discipline of Hindustani Classical music, choosing to learn tabla on the landmark advice of sarod legend Ustad Amjad Ali Khan.
Deepak became the disciple of world renowned gurus, the late Ustad Chhamma Khan of Delhi Gharana, followed by his son Padamshree, and the late Ustad Shafaat Ahmed Khan. With such training, Mehta became a powerhouse performer of tabla. His electrifying performances captivate audiences, whether in the United State of America, other countries or motherland India.
It was no surprise that, at the age of 14, thanks to his sheer virtuosity and timeless supply of rhythmic melody and creativity on tabla, he was awarded the highest prize meant for teenagers, the National ?Bal Shree? Award 1996, presented by the President of India, the late Dr. Shank Dayal Sharma.
After the award, Deepak was featured or interviewed by numerous Indian media outlets, including Star Plus, Zee-News, Jain-TV,U-TV,E-TV, Total-TV, DD1,DD-Metro, Siti Cable, AIR, as well as several newspapers & magazines. The recording of his autobiography at this young age by Sweta Production is itself witnesses and proof of recognition of his art and talent.
Deepak Mehta has performed extensively in the USA, Canada, South Africa, Russia and Kirghistan and has been honored with many coveted awards, samaans and appreciations.
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 Televisión Española (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.