About

Chakardar is Europe’s leading promoter of Indian percussion. It seeks to enhance the understanding of Indian Classical Drumming with its complex rhythmic patterns across all communities in the UK and Europe. Established in 2000, Chakardar began as a small tabla tarang ensemble of students led by Ustad Harkirat Singh Rayatt. Borne out of a deep-grained passion, Chakardar expanded as the UK’s leading promoter of Indian percussion, establishing a name for itself as an organisation which values Tabla excellence and promoting it with a passion unrivalled in the UK. A not-for-profit organisation with the aim of representing global tabla artistes and performers, Chakardar showcases talent and sharing knowledge with avid listeners and tabla enthusiasts across the country. It promotes awareness of this extremely versatile instrument through artistic projects to inspire interest. Chakardar’s extensive experience and links with great maestros allows for the influx of  the highest calibre of expertise into the UK.
Chakardar is proud to have hosted performances/workshops/concerts and collaborated with the following artists and groups:
  • Pandit Shankar Ghosh
  • Pandit Swapan Chaudhuri
  • Pandit Anindo Chatterjee
  • Pandit Kumar Bose
  • Pandit Suresh Talwalkar
  • Pandit Nayan Ghosh
  • Pandit Kushal Das
  • Ustad Sukhvinder Singh Namdhari
  • Pandit Yogesh Samsi
  • Ustad Akram Khan
  • Pandit Subhankar Banerjee
  • Pandit Sanju Sahai
  • Pandit Bickram Ghosh
  • Prabhu Edouard
  • Rhythmscape (UK & Europe)
  • Rimpa Shiv
  • Sankar Chowdhury
  • Shahbaz Hussain
and many more!

Tabla Conoisseurs

For avid listeners and tabla connoisseurs alike, Chakardar provides intense tabla solo performances ranging from completely traditional to modern.

World Music & Fusion

For the world music enthusiast, Chakardar hosts fusion concerts which bring artists from varying traditions and disciples together in unique syncretic performances.

Knowledge & Learning

For the student and knowledge seekers, Chakardar holds regular tabla classes across various regional hubs in the UK, as well as numerous workshops, lecture demos and the long-established Chakardar Residential Tabla Summer School for concentrated development.

Student Development

Students benefit from the Chakardar experience, including the opportunity to perform in the Chakardar Tabla Ensemble, a tarang arrangement of tabla students performing in a group setting on a regular basis.
Take a look at the history of Chakardar with highlights of all our main events: