UDAI MAZUMDAR

Udai Mazumdar is a virtuous tabla player of the Benares Gharana. He hails from a family of musicians and fine artists in Allahabad. His father, Partho Sarathy Mazumdar, is among the first-generation of guitarists in the fields of Indian Classical music.

Udai Mazumdar

Udai’s initial training was in vocal music, but was simultaneously drawn to the resonating rhythmic possibilities of the tabla. His first encounter with the tabla was at the age of 5 years. In 1981, he turned to the eminent Pandit Ashoutosh Bhattacharya, one of the foremost disciples of the legendary Pandit Kanthe Maharaj, to hone his skills. In 1989, Udai shifted to Delhi to further his musical experience and became the disciple of the world-renowned Sitar Maestro, Pandit Ravi Shankar, lived with him and learnt the art of Tabla accompaniment.
Udai has, over the years, consciously evolved into an evocative and expressive tabla player. This could also be attributed to his musicianship and sensitive approach both artistically and professionally. His dedication and commitment to the classical music genre and the time-tested Indian drum has made him equally adept as a soloist and as an accompanist. Udai, thus, naturally aspires to apply his skills to integrate the tabla as part of a musical whole in the performance arena.

Udai Mazumdar

Udai has participated in many noteworthy Indian and international festivals, besides
Udai Mazumdar

playing for and with Pandit Ravi Shankar in different occasions ( also for the Royal Families of England and Sweden). He is a regular performer on the Indian National Radio and television channels. Udai’s Indian travels have taken him to platforms such as the Durgalal Festival, Delhi, the Saptak Festival, Ahmedabad, Vasantahabba Festiva, Bangalore etc. His international sojourns include the International Folk Festival Hungary, several International Drum Festivals, Germany, several World Music Festivals, Rome, the International Festival for the Tchernobyl Victims in Minsk and the International Festivals for Contemporary Music in Mongolia, Odessa, Kyrgyzstan and Azerbaijan.
Udai has also been recorded, aired and interviewed at the above mentioned International Festivals and by Radio DRS, Switzerland, Radio France and the BBC Radio. Udai also has credits on the CD’s "Echoes from India", "Fulfillment", "Reverberations - I", "Musik der Welt Bern" and "ShankaRagmala" (for Pandit Ravi Shankar’s 80th Birthday).
Establishing a rapport with music-lovers, Udai has won critical and general acclaim of a wide range of audiences through his memorable performances of the universal language of the tabla.
Based in Delhi, Udai is seriously engaged in performance, composing and teaching, and continues to learn from both Pandit Ashoutosch Bhattacharya and Pandit Ravi Shankar.