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Chakardar Tabla and Kathak Retreat 2018

July 25, 2018 @ 9:00 am - July 28, 2018 @ 5:00 pm

The Purcell School
Aldenham Road
WD23 2TS

What happens at the Retreat?

Since 2003, Chakardar has been holding annual Tabla Summer Schools with some of the most respected and learned teachers from India. You will engage in a variety of activities that altogether engage with the theoretical and practical aspects of tabla playing, be it the tala and rhythm class, one-to-one teaching, group performance planning or evening events such as performance showcases, teacher interviews or media demonstrations.

This year, we also have an intense 2 day residential kathak workshop (Wednesday 25th and Thursday 26th July) led by Urja Desai Thakore with specialist sessions run by Neesha Radia and Chitra Sundaram

Spend 4 dedicated days focused on your tabla skills and soaking up inspiration! Learn from experienced teachers and performers including Satyajit Talwalkar, Prabhu Edouard, Ustad Harkirat Rayatt, Gurdain Rayatt and Harkiret Bahra.

Sessions are organised into groups by ability and include a mix of theory and practical. Students will learn aspects of tabla accompaniment, compositions for performance and practice techniques to improve the hand.

All students benefit from daily tala class sessions and will have a chance to perform in the student showcase on the Saturday evening.


Day Rate 3 Day
Non Residential
4 Day
Non Residential
£90 £300


Tala Class Access – £20 (meals NOT included)
Day Observation – £10 (meals NOT included)
Multiple passes can be purchased for multiple days.


Satyajit Talwalkar

Born in a family following a rich heritage in music, the son and disciple of Great Guru Padmashree Taalyogi Pt. Suresh Talwalkar Ji, Satyajit was exposed to Hindustani classical music at the young age of 4. His methodical approach and immense respect towards the art of classical music reflects a perfect blend of tradition, class and technique in his performing style.

He has accompanied stalwarts such as Ustad Amjad Ali Khan, Pt. Hariprasad Chaurasia, Pt. Shivkumar Sharma and Pt. Jasraj, garnering applause for his superlative sense and display of tabla playing, corroborating his passion with sincerity, merit and grace. He is a regular performer amidst great artists like Niladri Kumar, Rakesh Chaurasia, Amaan and Ayaan Ali Khan, Purbayan Chatterjee and Rahul Sharma.



Prabhu Edouard

Regarded as one of the most versatile tabla players of his generation, he is a worthy disciple of renowned tabla maestro Pandit Shankar Ghosh. Prabhu has played with indian music and dance stalwarts like Hariprasad Chaurasia, Laxmi Shankar, V.G.Jog, Ashish Khan, Debashish Bhattacharya, T.V.Gopalakrishnan, T.Vishwanathan, Shashank, Rohini Bhate, Rajendra Gangani, Astad Debu…

Ustad Harkirat Rayatt

Ustad Harkirat Rayatt is a disciple of the late Bhai Gurmit Virdee, himself a disciple of Ustad Bahadur Singh (Punjab Gharana) & Pdt Samta Prasad (Benares Gharana). He has performed widely, accompanying renowned artists such as Ustad Amanat Ali & Ustad Fateh Ali Khan, Smt. Pragya Banerjee, Smt. Pratushya Chaudhuri, Smt. Nanda Banerjee, Dharambir Singh, Kiranpal Singh, Himadri Bagchi and Ken Zuckerman to name a few

Gurdain Rayatt

Gurdain started learning at the age of 3 from his father Harkirat Rayatt and grandfather Bhai Gurmit Singh Virdee. After training in Punjab & Benares styles, Gurdain became a senior disciple of Pdt Shankar Ghosh. He has performed worldwide in renowned festivals including Harballabh, Saptak, Darbar and WOMAD. He has accompanied maestros including Kala Ramnath, Purbayan Chatterjee, Prattyush Banerjee, Murad Ali and more. He teaches in North London and is featured in a number of CDs

Harkiret Bahra

Harkiret Bahra, a senior disciple of Ustad Harkirat Rayatt originally began his training in tabla from Giani Gurbachan Singh Hamdardh and Giani Gian Singh Surjit. Harkiret has also received some training from prominent tabla maestros and performers including Pandit Shankar Ghosh. Harkiret holds regular tabla classes in the South and South East (Kent). Harkiret continues to excel as a tabla player in his accompaniment with many artistes in the UK and internationally.

This 2 day workshop for kathak students is led by Urja Desai Thakore. Kathak can be booked and paid for directly online. Sessions include Yoga Warm Up, Technique, Rhythm, Text in Dance, Abhinaya and evening Discussion Sessions between teacher and student.

All students are welcome to stay with overnight full board accommodation including breakfast, lunch and dinner meals.

Kathak students benefit from the tabla tala-class sessions on a daily basis…

Urja Desai Thakore

Terms & Conditions


All places for the retreat needs to be secured at the time of booking with full payment or a minimum deposit of £100, the balance payable no later than 2 weeks prior to the retreat taking place.

Payments are to be made via bank transfer, cheque or cash. If for convenience it is necessary to pay via PayPal there will be a 5% surcharge to cover the PayPal charges. If you wish to pay over a number of payments, please let us know. This is perfectly acceptable as long as the balance is settled 2 weeks prior to the event. Please note you may forfeit the right to your place, if payments are not received on schedule. No monies shall be refunded if this occurs as it is your responsibility to make sure all payments are paid in full on time. Please contact us as soon as possible if there is a problem regarding your payments as we do not want to see anyone lose their place and will do our best to help you find a solution.

Chakardar agree to keep the website and information supplied, as up to date as possible. We reserve the right to alter event details, which may change due to circumstances beyond our control. We agree to release details of any changes as soon as practicable.

Any person found to be under the influence of alcohol or drugs will be asked to leave the Retreat immediately. No refund shall be given under these circumstances. Behaviour that compromises the safety or the enjoyment of another person on the retreat will not be accepted. You are expected to act sensibly, without causing harm to any individual, their property or the venue. Chakardar shall not be deemed liable for any loss or damage to personal equipment or personal belongings of any person attending events. Chakardar will not take responsibility for any delays in your travel, so please allow sufficient time for travel. Chakardar accepts no liability for any accident or injury to yourself that may arise. However, Chakardar will do its utmost to protect that safety of all students.

These terms, conditions and any contract in which they are incorporated shall be subject to English law and the exclusive jurisdiction of the courts of England. Chakardar reserve the right to accept or refuse any booking at its discretion.


Refund Policy


Please notify us as soon as possible if you are unable to attend the Retreat, no less than 2 weeks prior to the event taking place.

Due to our commitment to paying for accommodation, food, equipment etc. prior to events taking place, it is not possible to refund any monies paid if you cancel less than 2 weeks prior to the event. Please be aware that all deposits are non refundable and will not be returned, if you cancel your booking. In the event that Chakardar has to cancel an event, we will refund any monies paid as soon as possible. No refunds will be made for partially completed courses/ workshops/ retreats/events.

All information supplied by you to Chakardar will remain protected under the data protection act and your information will not be disclosed to any third party. Please be advised your image(s) may be used for future promotions or TV or radio broadcast. We may send you emails advertising our events from time to time. You have the right to decline this offer if you wish to do so.

By making a booking with Chakardar, it is taken that you accept these terms and conditions.



July 25, 2018 @ 9:00 am
July 28, 2018 @ 5:00 pm
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The Purcell School
Aldenham Road
Bushey, WD23 2TS United Kingdom
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