Master Tabla player – Tapan Roy
Born into a musical family, Tapan took an early interest in playing the Tabla (Indian classical percussion instrument). From the age of fourteen, he was privileged to be trained by Pandit Shankar Ghosh, the renowned Tabla maestro of the Farukhabad Gharana (school). After years of dedicated apprenticeship, Tapan emerged as an accomplished Tabla player.
Tapan also graduated in classical music specialising in Tabla, from Prayag University, Allahabad. He soon became well-known within the classical music circuit both in his home city, Calcutta, and India as a whole. As well as being a successful performing artist, he is an experienced teacher – he taught at the Birla Academy of Art and Culture, the premier musical institution in Calcutta, from 1975 until 1998, when he came to the UK.
He has played with many famous musicians and classical dancers. He was a leading participant in the ‘Music of the Drum’ ensemble, led by its composer Pandit Shankar Ghosh. He is not only a virtuoso Tabla player, but is equally at home in light classical and popular music and is an adept performer on the Sarod and similar instruments.
At present, Tapan is settled in Bristol, where he has already built up a formidable reputation as both a teacher and performer. His skills are in great demand from all over Britain and he gives lessons in Tabla to pupils in Bath, Bristol and the surrounding area. As such, he has made a valuable contribution to the richness of the cultural life of the region.
During the course of his musical career, which spans the past three decades, he has performed all over India, the sub-continent, Japan and in the UK, including concerts in Queen Elizabeth Hall and the Royal Albert Hall.