Ritesh Das – Artistic Director and Composer

Tabla master Ritesh Das has been studying, teaching and composing since the early 1970s. He founded the Toronto Tabla Ensemble in 1991. Playing to sold-out audiences since then, the TTE has been an influential voice in Canadian music, combining the North Indian percussive tradition of Tabla with some of Canada’s best music and dance groups.
With Ritesh Das as the Artistic Director and principal composer, the Toronto Tabla Ensemble has released five albums of original material. Under his leadership the ensemble has maintained a strong home season presence in Toronto since 1991 and extensively toured Canada’s best festivals and venues. In 2006 they toured Australia with Jeff Martin’s (of the Tea Party) solo project. The TTE has appeared on national and international TV and its music has been used in numerous films and commercials. In 2003 the TTE was commissioned to create the current theme music for CBC RADIO 1’s morning show Metro Morning.