The mission of Das Tabla school is to make the highest caliber of tabla instruction available to sincere students throughout the world. While the majority of our members study locally in Massachusetts, many distance learners Skype in from across the U.S and internationally from countries such as India, China, and Australia. Whether curious beginner or seasoned player, the possibilities for your individual learning are limitless!
Das Tabla School offers private lessons and group lessons (in-person or online) to students of all ages and skill levels, presents masterclasses across the globe, and hosts an annual Indian Classical Music camp/intensive in the Northeastern United States every summer.
Legacy of the Benares Gharana
For millennia, North Indian Classical music has been passed down through the ages from Guru (teacher) to Shishya (student) through an oral tradition known in India as the Guru-Shishya Parampara.
True to the age-old system, Sandeep Das spent nearly 12 years living and learning from his Guru, the legendary Pandit Kishan Maharaj of the Benares Gharana (school/style) of Tabla playing, and was taught music as a way of life, rather than simply an isolated art form. Das would eventually go on to perform with iconic Indian Classical musicians such as Pt. Ravi Shankar, Ustad Amjad Ali Khan, Pt. Hari Prasad Chaurasia, Pt. Shiv Kumar Sharma, and Dr. L. Subramaniam, in addition to iconic artists of other traditions such as Yo-Yo Ma and Paquito D'Rivera. His full bio, including details about his experience learning Tabla, can be found on this page.
Today, Das maintains a prolific musical output, an active touring schedule, and is passionate about bring his musical heritage to the next generation of Tabla players in the modern era. Students of Das Tabla School study closely with Sandeep Das and learn in the traditional manner– orally, without the use of written notation. Lesson material is primarily vocalized and then memorized by students, who themselves then become a living part of the ancient legacy.
The young Sandeep Das being accepted as a disciple of his Guru Pt. Kishan Maharaj.