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Suryaksha Deshpande

Suryaksha Deshpande started showing early signs of musical acumen right from his childhood and was fortunate enough to receive tremendous encouragement from his parents who share intellectual & musical background as well as keen interest in artistic endeavours, thus started his tuneful journey that spans 25 years of rigorous Tabla training, from a curious student to a passionate professional.

 

He became an integral part of rich tradition and precious legacy of Farukhabad Gharana through training and valuable guidance from Pt. Arvind Mulgaonkar a respected scholar and senior disciple of the highly revered and legendary Ustad Amir Hussian Khan Saheb. Further support along with distinct education came in form of "Delhi Baaz" from pt. Sudhir Mainkar, another esteemed scholar and thinker of Delhi Gharana under able guidance of Ustad lnam Ali Khan Saheb. 

Precise training and meticulous efforts started bearing fruits of success with outstanding achievements in numerous and prestigious Tabla competitions held across the states. Defying the expectation of academic accomplishments Suryaksha secured First Rank with Masters in Tabla surpassing all the students across India. The graph of progress kept climbing with him being awarded the Prestigious National Scholarship and Fellowship for Junior Artiste from Dep. of Culture; Govt. Of India. 

The next step was to prove his professional prowess across both genres of Tabla that is Solo and Accompaniments. Suryaksha soon became a well-known artiste and one of the favourite accompanists among senior artists. He went on to deliver fabulous performances with veterans of Indian Classical Music Vocalists & Instrumentalist such as Padmabhushan Dr. N. Rajam, Padmashree Pt. Ulhas Kashalkar,Pt. Nayan Ghosh,Smt. Arati Ankalikar-Tikekar, Pt. Satish Vyas & Smt. Ashwini Bhide-Deshpande to name a few. 

Suryaksha was widely appreciated for his experiment on conceptualizing and implementing combination of folk percussion Tabla & Dholki through stage performance with his fellow disciple Mr. Krishna Musalye-Ghotkar. 

Suryaksha honestly believes in sharing the rich tradition and vast knowledge of The Art of Tabla he inherited from Faukhabad Gharana with students who wish to be part of this wonderful heritage through regular academic workshops and lecture demonstrations. 

Through research and experimentation, Suryaksha has developed a unique style with fine blend of Traditional Language oriented Tabla of Farukhabad Gharana & expansion process of Delihi Gharana interspersed with influence of Laghu. Observant, subtle for balanced accompaniment to instrumental as well as vocal music can be counted amongst his specialities. 

A literary obsession of an artist towards Urdu Poetry which Suryaksh has cherished for years reached its epitome when he got the rare opportunity to perform with none other than Ghazal Maestro Ustad Ghulam Ali Khan at New Jersey. 

Suryaksha's voyage from being a devoted student to dedicated artiste inspired him to impart the knowledge of his art Tabla to diligent students paved the way in for his latest venture Anubhuti School of Indian Classical Music at New Jersey, United States.