Mill Hill School
Mill Hill Village
London NW7 1QS
What happens at the Tabla 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.
Spend 4 dedicated days focused on your tabla skills and soaking up inspiration! Learn from experienced teachers and performers including the great tabla maestro Pandit Nayan Ghosh, Prabhu Edouard, Ustad Harkirat Rayatt, Gurdain Rayatt and Harkiret Bahra.
We are very fortunate to have one of the foremost female sitar players in India, Anupama Bhagwat, at this year’s retreat to teach throughout the 4 days. Sitar students are welcome to join!
As always, we have a variety of flexible attendance options to suit your availability:
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Tala Class Access – £20 (meals NOT included)
Day Observation – £10 (meals NOT included)
Multiple passes can be purchased for multiple days.
Born in 1956, Pandit Nayan Ghosh is an acclaimed worldwide maestro with great superlative command on both the Tabla and the Sitar. Having received intensive and extensive training in tabla, sitar and vocal from his illustrious father, the renowned tabla maestro and guru, Padmabhushan Pt. Nikhil Ghosh, Nayan Ghosh has innate artistry and emotive musical depth in his performances. He also received invaluable guidance from his father’s Guru, the great Ustad Ahmed Jan Thirakwa
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 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
Anupama Bhagwat, sitar musician nonpareil, has carved a niche in Indian Classical Music with a versatile & eclectic style. Acclaimed world-wide with a repertoire of global performances since 1995, her sensitivity and erudition has taken her to the highest echelons of the modern genre.
One of the leading disciples of Pandit Shri Bimalendu Mukherjee, doyen of the Imdadkhani Gharana, Anupama’s style is characterized by scintillating fast taans, mastery of the meditative alaap, and brilliant fluency of melody (raaga-bhava), while remaining true to tradition.
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, 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.
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.
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