“My gateway to Hindustani music was my love for old Hindi film songs and for ghazals by Ghulam Ali; both have strong classical roots. I began listening to Hindustani music with recordings of Pt. Bhimsen Joshi, and later discovered beautiful recordings of Ustad Amir Khan’s singing, Pt. Ram Narayan’s sarangi and Pt. Pannalal Ghosh’s flute. I am very fond of jazz and many other forms of music, but there is an unhurried, spontaneous-and-yet-introspective quality about Hindustani music that sets it apart. To me no form of music can convey the depth of feeling quite in the way Hindustani music can.
My musical training began when I learnt tabla basics briefly from Shri Manohar Gokhale as a school kid in Delhi. A few years after I joined the faculty of Penn State’s Department of Statistics, I started to receive formal training by Sunny Matharu, a Vancouver tabaliya and have been learning with him online via Skype ever since. I also recently began studying vocal music with Shri Mahalanabis; thanks to him and my tabla teacher, I have, entirely unexpectedly, begun a thrilling musical journey right here in Central Pennsylvania.”