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Sajal Karmakar on Tabla
Sajal Karmakar

We are glad to be able to offer you in this discipline of learning a well experienced, competent and skilled tablamaster. Sajal Karmakar is not only a teacher in tabla, he is also a member in the board of examination. In addition he is a well known musician not only in India. Beside his prior education in the subject of Tabla he received a bachelor degree in vocal and also has a good basic musical education. Beside his teaching on the video tutor he is of course available in India and also in Germany in the month of May and November. During that time he stays for a period of 4 weeks at TARANG in Nuremberg, Germany. If you decide to start this course by video and want to check your progress in a personal meeting with Sajal Karmakar you are always welcome during the mentioned time.

Tabla and Kathak Photogallery
Photo gallery Kathak and Tabla (Sajal Karmakar)


Born 1955 in Calcutta, Sajal Karmakar was attracted from his early childhood to the Tabla. His vocation enables him to play already in his early childhood fast and complicated rhythmical patterns and to learn the different taals. His marked preference for complicate rhythmic patterns is not only technical end in itself, but rather ecstatic expression of his art of playing Tabla. His particular poetic way of playing the Tabla makes him an ideal tabla player for accompaniment which gives the main instrument the full support in developing its whole range of expressions.

Sajal Karmakar became his first lessons from Sri Sufal Hazra. The last 20 years he received guidance from the great tabla master Pandit Shankar Ghosh. His career began at the age of 13 years with a concert in Sishu Mahal and its broadcasting in the All India Radio. In the year 1976 he received the first prize in International Collegiate Oriental Music competition. He got first and received 2 gold medals in the disciplines Sangeet Pravakar and Sangeet Praveen (equivalent: Mater Degree), which was organised through Allahabad Prayag Sangeet Samity (equivalent: Bachelor Degree).

Sajal Karmakar gave concerts in the whole of India like New Delhi, Bombay, Madras, Allahabad, Kanpur, Gowhati, Patna, Orissa etc. Abroad he gave more than 25 concert in Britain inclusive TV-Broadcasting of B.B.C. and Granada. Since many years his concerts are broadcasted on radio and All India Television. His last tour in Europe was initiated by the BBC England and was finished with a concert in the Royal Albert Hall.

Sajal Karmakar accompanied well known musicians like Late Ustad Nishar Hussain Khan, Late Ustad Md. Sharang (Kabul), Late Pt. Chinmoy Lahiri, Pt. Yashraj, Late Ustad Bahadur Khan, Ustad Hafiz Ahmed Khan, Ustad Rashid Khan, Ustad Ghulam Akbar Khan, Pt. Dinanath Mishra, Ustad Rahis Khan, Ustad Ghulam Mustafa u.a.

He is also a member of Pdt. Shankar Ghosh‘s Drum-Orchestra „MUSIC OF THE DRUMS“, in which he is playing different percussion instruments and also shows his competence in vocal in which he received an intensive education and a Sangeet Pravakar Degree (equivalent: Bachelor Degree).

Beside of his performing he is involved in teaching in India and abroad. For a period of one year he was residential teaching in Switzerland Tabla and Vocal and was giving concerts in the whole of Switzerland during this time. In the subject of teaching he is a leading member in the perceived music school „PAYELIA“ in Calcutta, and an examiner of Prayag Sangeet Samity Allahabat and Viswavarati Shantiniket.


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