OUR GURU – PANDIT DIVYANG VAKIL
Pandit Divyang Vakil (known as Guruji, or “respected teacher”) is a tabla guru, Indian rhythm composer, and teacher of philosophy. His expansive experience of over 35 years as a guru has produced innumerable music professionals.
Guruji becomes immensely involved in the process of teaching and understands each of his students on a personal level as he guides them in their musical journey. No compromise is permitted when it comes to the musical progression and advancement of the student. Balancing the traditional guru-shishya parampara with the modern society, he has developed his own teaching pedagogy for tabla for today’s student. All of the teachers at Taalim have received training on how to teach in this methodology from him.
With thousands of compositions to his name, Pandit Vakil has helped shaped a modern form of classical tabla, and expanded beyond tabla as a rhythm composer with his works for jangu (Korean barrel drum), standard drum kit, cajon, and other percussion instruments. His tabla work has a contemporary feel while carrying the essence and richness of the classical art form. Some his group tabla compositions include Tabla Tarkhat, Power of Tabla, Tabla Triveni and Tabla Ecstasy, many of which are performed by his ensemble Talavya. His latest work Pradhanica explores how rhythm unites dance and music and was created for kathak dance, tabla, djembe, and cajon.
For more information on Pandit Divyang Vakil, visit www.divyangvakil.com.
TAALIM FACULTY AND STAFF
Rhythm Riders Music Institute
The mother institute of the Taalim School of Indian Music is Pandit Divyang Vakil’s Rhythm Riders Music Institute in Ahmedabad, Gujarat, India. Rhythm Riders is renowned for the caliber of tabla artistes it has produced over it’s 30+ year history. The school holds regular listening sessions and video showings for its students, in addition to student recitals, concerts and workshops. Local and foreign students are welcome and receive instruction at Rhythm Riders.
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Our sister organization – MELA Group is an umbrella organization for companies focused on the business of performing arts – namely artist booking and management through MELA (Music Entertainment Live Arts) Agency and promoting performing arts of the Indian subcontinent through programming consulting and booking through MELA Arts Connect. Taalim artists are represented by MELA Agency.