Visiting Artists

The Melboune Tabla School regularly hosts visiting artists who teach and play with the students at the school. The school usually hosts visiting artists twice in a year. Below is a list of some of the artists the school has hosted in the past.

Pandit Debasis Chakroborty

Throughout the last decade Debasis Chakroborty has been regularly performing at major Hindustani Classical Music festivals throughout India and is in high demand as an International performer with recent tours to Italy, Malaysia and Australia. One of India’s foremost Indian classical guitar players, Debasis was borning into the atmosphere of music. He began learning guitar from his father Shri Madhusudan Chakroborty in early childhood and later became a disciple of the guitar maestro Pandit Brij Bhushan Kabra in the traditional Guru Sishya Parampara of the Senia - Maihar Gharana

Debasis's style of playing combines both gayaki and tantrakari angs in which he follows the oldest tradition of playing sarod, sitar and veena with his modified slide guitar. His purity of style, uniqueness of imagination and total absorption with melody along with his technical virtuosity in which tantrakari and and layakari are prominent have made Debasis an in-demand performer of the highest standard. While Debasis's vilambit (slow) compositions are contemplative, serene and heart rendering, his drut (fast) compositions are exciting and full of sophisticated rhythmic patterns.  He is equally adapt at light classical compositions and folk styles.

He is an “A” grade artist of All India Radio and Television in both Hindustani classical and light music. He is an empanelled artist of the Indian Council of Cultural Relations under the Ministry of external affairs, Govt. of India.  He received his first class Masters degree in music and now working as a lecturer in the faculty of Music, Institute of Visual and Performing Art, Mangalayatan University, Aligarh.


Sangeet Mishra

Sangeet Mishra hails from the renowned Sarangi Gharana (school) of Benaras, India. Since his childhood he had a flair for singing and acquired a high level proficiency in vocal singing under the guidance of his guru and grand father the great maestro late Pandit Narayan Das Mishra. He had a strong inclination and talent in music, and received subsequent training and guidance under his grand father Pandit Bhagwan Das Mishra - the world renowned Sarangi maestro and his father Pandit Santosh Kumar Mishra.

Sangeet has added a new innovation and style to his Sarangi by blending a contemporary approach to this traditional instrument without forsaking its purity. He can play at ease the nuances of the very pure classical Indian form of music and also the contemporary/modern music on Sarangi. He is a versatile performer collaborating with musicians from different genres and styles all over the world and creating new musical language. His performance is well reflected in his achievements in the field of Shastriya Sangeet (Indian Classical Music).

In this short span of his life sangeet has made an endeavor to revive the ancient style of this soul-touching instrument, the Sarangi. He has acquired the 'tantakri' and 'gayaki' style of playing Sarangi from his father and practised it since his childhood. His unparallelled talent allowed his seniors and gurus to call him a child prodigy.


Samuel J Dass

Samuel has taken Indian classical music to the global stage, touring Asia, Europe and the US, and winning first place in seven categories in the World Performing Arts Championships. He is one of the most exciting players on the international sitar circuit and a multi-award winning musician and composer that has studied with some of India's great musicians. Sam has been proclaimed as one of our times most exciting sitar players and has left audiences around the world mesmerized by his style of ‘gayaki ang’, meaning literally “to ‘play as though sung”. He has done much for Hindustani music in Malaysia, infusing both classical and contemporary genres in sitar recitals and coming out with inventive & creative albums.

Sam has an uncanny ability to bring alive the subtle nuances and melodic beauty hidden in the soaring notes of the ragas in elegant and even cheeky interpretations. Imbibed with catholicity and flair, his style, although traditional in nature, has an artistic intelligence geared to the refinements and sophistication needed in the modern world.

Sam has had the good fortune of playing with some of the top musicians in Malaysia and abroad. He recently represented Malaysia for the World Championship of Performing Arts in Hollywood, Los Angeles, USA. He won 7 gold medals and one silver medal for the eight categories he took part in. He also won 7 Champion of the World plaques and was the only one from the Malaysian team to be chosen to compete in the Grand Championships which was held at the world famous Palladium Auditorium. Besides the US, Sam has also performed in Australia, Singapore, Brunei, New Zealand, Taiwan, Korea and India. Sam’s dedication to this ancient art form is total and the art world is richer by his experience, expertise and most importantly, devotion.


Professor Lovely Sharma

Prof. Lovely Sharma, is an academic, music therapist, and sitar player from Dayalbagh University in Agra, India. She has earned high accolades for her musical research, publications, music therapy achievements and sitar playing throughout her long career. She is the author of eight books on musicology and Indian music. Professor Sharma is an empanelled artist of I.C.C.R under the Ministry of External Affairs, Govt. of India and is a member of various academic & cultural organisations throughout the world. As a performer she has toured throughout India as well as Australia, Malaysia, Singapore, Iran, Italy, Argentina, China and U.A.E.



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