Satyajit Talwalkar  

Profile Image

Master percussionist Satyajit Talwalkar balances rhythmic poise and highly explosive improvisation on his tabla.

His intricate performances, be they solo or in accompaniment, feature catchy tempos, unanticipated crescendos and compositions embellished with dexterous agility and skill. The rhythm he provides helps bring out the best in each instrument, his beat pulsating within the entire performance and reverberating within the audience’s consciousness.  

Talwalkar stands true to the training he received from his father, Pandit Suresh Talwalkar, starting from the age of four. His modulation of the bass from the bayan [left hand] and the hummingbird-like action on the dayan [right hand] enriches his distinct sound and melodic flow, and his style provides enough scope for melody to blend into rhythm, making it a balanced representation of both these aspects of music. He is the recipient of multiple awards, including the Bharatratna Ustad Bismillah Khan Yuva Puraskar by the Sangeet Natak Academy. 

Other artists you may like

Soumen Nandy

Soumen Nandy is a young tabla maestro from West Bengal. He trained under Pandit Pankaj Chatterjee of the Farukhabad...

read more

Swapan Chaudhuri

Pandit Swapan Chaudhuri is a living legend of the tabla. Born into a large Bengali family, his father was a doctor...

read more

Sanju Sahai

Precise, powerful, and intricately funky, Pandit Sanju ‘Vishnu’ Sahai embodies the Benares tabla gharana. As the...

read more

Surdarshan Chana

Surdarshan Chana

read more

See Full Festival concerts from our extensive archive,
and hundreds of other exclusive performances with
Darbar Player

Download our app and watch on the go
New exclusive releases every month
Watch anytime, anywhere


Free for 3 days. Cancel anytime.
Pay £9.95/month

Follow us

Keep up to date with the latest news, events, music and musings across our social channels

YouTube latest

For hundreds more clips and shorts, vist our YT page here

Subscribe to our newsletters

Be the first to hear before events go on sale. Get the latest news and articles from Darbar