Rishi Chowdhury Biography

Rishi is a second generation British born tabla player who comes from a musical family. Rishi started playing the tabla from the age of four. He is a very committed and passionate tabla player. He was described as a ‘child prodigy’ by the Leicester Mercury newspaper in 1995 for his solo performance for the Overseas Doctors Association (ODA).

Rishi received his early tabla training from Kumar Saswat of the Saswat Academy of Performing Arts, ‘SAMPA’. Rishi has continued his passion and thirst for learning by receiving further training and guidance from renowned Gurus including; Ustad Zakir Hussain, Pandit Anindo Chatterjee, Pandit Kumar Bose, Ustad Yousuf Ali Khan, Goutam Chakraborty, Satyajit Talwalkar, and Paban Bordoloi.

Rishi is also a yoga student of Shree Hemang Bhai Bhatt of ‘Karma Life’.

Besides playing regularly throughout the year Rishi’s Achievements are:

  • In 1999, Rishi and his musical family were invited to perform at the Assam Convention in Houston, USA.
  • In the year 2000, Rishi and his sister Samyami (vocalist) produced an audio cassette called ‘Heritage’ with Assamese modern and country music.
  • In 2003 Rishi played an integral part in demonstrating Assamese music at the exhibition ‘Focus on Assam’ by Leicester City Museum which was held for four months.
  • Rishi and his sister performed at the Nehru Centre in 2004. In the same year they were invited to perform in Spain and to also accompany pianist Maestro Brian Silas in Madrid and Las Palmas.
  • Again in 2007 Rishi performed at the Assam Convention in Boston. In that same year he performed for Assam Sahitya Sabha in Scotland.
  • Rishi and his family were invited to perform in the Horniman museum, London in February 2008 to demonstrate Assamese folk and devotional music.
  • Rishi also regularly accompanies professional artists from England and India. In 2009 he accompanied Dipti Desai and Amit Thakar for nine nights at Leicester’s very popular Navratri festival at Curve theatre. He also accompanied Indian classical vocalist Mandira Lahiri (daughter in law of late Pandit Chinmoy Lahiri) in March 2010.
  • In 2009 Rishi played a Tabla Marathon at Leicester City Museum for seven hours non-stop to raise money for BBC Children in Need. The event raised £1150 where his sister Samyami and mother Manjira intermittently played flute and sang and kept the audience spellbound,
  • In 2010, Rishi performed for the Scotland Bengali Performing Arts Group. During the winter he toured India with his sister and performed on North Eastern TV stations such as ‘News Live TV’ and ‘NETV’. 

Rishi has been working as a tabla player at the Centre for Indian Classical Dance (CICD) since 2003 under the guidance of Guru Nilima Devi.


 

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