Pandit Swapan Chaudhuri

andit Swapan Chaudhuri is a phenomenon in the arena of Indian Classical Music. Musicians honor him as one of the most highly respected Tabla players, worthy of the highest regard all over the world. His music is the spontaneous expression of his powerful emotions and his deep knowledge of Tabla. It is undoubtedly through his clarity and elegance of performance, that he has achieved notoriety as a true master of Tabla. In recognition of his outstanding contribution to music, he was given the National award of the Sangeet Natak Academy in 1998. He was also awarded the American Academy of Artists Award in 1998. Pandit Swapan Chaudhuri was nominated twice, in 1996 and 1997, for a Grammy Award for his recordings with Asha Bhosle and Ustad Ali Akbar Khan. Pandit Swapan Chaudhuri has accompanied Maestros such as Pandit Ravi Shankar, Ustad Ali Akbar Khan and many other eminent artists. His music reaches beyond the scope of Classical music to include performances and recordings with musicians such as Mark O’Connor, John Handy, Larry Coryell and other reputed musicians. Pandit Swapan Chaudhuri is the Director of Percussions at the Ali Akbar College of Music in San Rafael, California and in Basil, Switzerland where students from all over the world receive intensive training in Tabla. He is also on the faculty at the California Institute of the Arts in Los Angels, California.