Supreet Deshpande

Life in unison with tabla

Supreet Deshpande is a third generation musician in the illustrious family of noted musicologist late Pandit S.B. Deshpande. Initiated into world of Tabla at a young age of four by his grandfather, Supreet has since learnt for over 20 years from his father; Tabla virtuoso and noted guru Pandit Kiran Deshpande– the foremost disciple and worthy successor of the legendary Ustad Shaikh Dawood Khan of Hyderabad– the doyen of Delhi - Farrukhabad gharanas.He has also learnt the intricacies of Taal – kriya from Taalyogi Pandit Suresh Talwalkar.

Doing justice to the predictions by renowned critics and love showered by connoisseurs, Supreet is today acknowledged as one of the most accomplished tabla players of his generation. He is one of those rare artists of his generation who are not only sought after soloists but also preferred accompanist to vocal, instrumental music and Kathak dance.

Supreet’s performing style is rooted in clarity of ‘Bols’ (syllables), perfect balance of sound (naad), flawless technique and crisp rendering of even the most complicated compositions of Tabla. Supreet’s wide repertoire includes compositions from various gharanas (schools) of Tabla namely - Delhi, Ajrada, Lucknow, Benaras, Punjab and Farrukhabad. Supreet is especially known for delectable on-the-spot improvisations and rapid Teental in accompaniment to maestros of instrumental music and Kathak.

Grounded in good ‘Taaleem’ (learning), rigorous ‘Riyaz’ (practice) and strong conviction for the freedom of expression; Supreet has been able to bring shades of the great maestros into his art, which makes him a performer of rare caliber. Supreet consciously includes rare traditional bandishes (compositions) in his solo recitals as his contribution towards their preservation. His solo concerts are often attended by fellow tabla stalwarts to witness the unique perspective he brings to traditional compositions.

In a public performance career of over three decades, Supreet has performed in almost all major festivals in India including TansenSamaroh - Gwalior, Shankarlal Festival – New Delhi, Ustad Amir Khan Festival - Indore, Pune Festival – Pune, UstadAllauddin Khan Samaroh - Maihar, Bharat Bhawan – Bhopal, Nehru Center – Mumbai, NCPA – Mumbai, Surya Festival – Trivendrum, ICCR Horizon Series concert – Pune, Aundh Festival, Satara - Aundh etc.

He was especially honored when invited to play solo at Tabla Mahotsav at University of Pune organized with help of Sir Ratan Tata Trust and Jugalbandi with his Guru and father Pt. Kiran Deshpande Tabla Gharana Mahotsav - Kolhapur organized by Sangeet Natak Academy to name a few.

Supreet has performed solo and in accompaniment in several countries, some of which are USA, Germany, France, Switzerland, UK, Hungary, Spain, Portugal, Italy, Austria, Bulgaria, Slovenia, Romania, Egypt, Tunisia, Middle eastern countries etc.

As an empanelled artist of Indian Council for Cultural Relations (I.C.C.R.), Supreet is regularly invited to participate in Government of India’s cultural delegations to promote Indian classical music through lecture-demonstrations and teaching workshops focused on Indian rhythm science for the initiated and uninitiated audiences around the world.

Self expression and exploration are the driving forces behind Supreet’s musical journey. He believes that ‘ Art lies in striving for perfection but remaining imperfect’. At the same time he humbly acknowledges that his sincere efforts of exploration are infinitesimal in the infinite ocean of music.