Chakardar Retreat 2024 starts in:








Beginning as a tabla tarang ensemble, Chakardar was formed in 1995 by Ustad Harkirat Singh Rayatt, a dedicated and experienced teacher for over 30 years and a disciple of the revered late Bhai Gurmit Singh Virdee. Passionate about sharing his knowledge with hundreds of students, his connections with prominent world indian classical and tabla maestros, performers and teachers has allowed Chakardar to grow in prominence, as the leading promoter of the tabla in the UK today with regular student showcases, professional live concerts, localised teaching hubs and their popular annual music retreat.

We exist for music lovers and learners alike to provide the following:



Committed to quality teaching, we continue to develop all students to their highest capacity with regular lessons, workshops, experiences and group development


We celebrate excellence in tabla through top-class performances from tabla maestros through to promoting home-grown talent with the Chakardar Tabla Ensemble



From cosy bhaitaks to larger auditoriums, Chakardar events bring music lovers together for a shared experience with friends and family

I have been attending lessons and the summer school as a student for over 15 years and experienced first-hand the incredible maestro performances that Chakardar has brought into the country for our benefit. It has shaped my playing, knowledge and development considerably…

Harleen Flora

Chakardar Tabla Ensemble Performer