I would like to sincerely acknowledge my gurus who have initiated me into the journey of Indian music and tabla, and who continue to guide and inspire me.
My first guru was Pt Kulbhushan Bhargavaji of Kobe, Japan (originally from Delhi and Simla) who was my very first teacher of tabla and developed my foundational knowledge and abilities in tabla. He is a wonderful musician and tabla player who was a student of the highly-regarded Pandit Prem Vallabh, who was well-known as both a tabla and pakhawaj player. Kulbhushanji resides in Kobe, Japan where he teaches and performs. He identifies primarily with the Delhi and Ajrada gharanas (styles or lineages) of tabla playing and also has significant influence from Ustad Ahmedjan Thirakwa who taught his teacher Pandit Prem Vallabh.
My current guru is Pt Abhijit Banerjee of the Farrukabad Gharana who is based in Kolkata, India. Pt Banerjee is one of the top performers and teachers of tabla in India today and divides his time between India and the USA where he teaches via the Dhwani Academy of Indian Percussion. His official website is: http://www.abhijitbanerjee.com/
I would like to also acknowledge the other teachers whom I have studied with for certain periods of time over the years. Each of them has helped me learn and grow in some way:
- Pt Shailendra Mishra (Delhi, India)
- Glen Kniebiss (Kyoto, Japan)
- Pt Dilip Mukherjee (Kolkata, India)
- Jay Dabgar (Melbourne, Australia)