Toronto’s most respected tabla teacher is back in action in Scarborough. On Saturday January 11 at 11:30 a.m., Ritesh Das’s Toronto Tabla Ensemble will present a free introductory tabla class for all ages. A new beginner semester will begin the following week.
The class will be held at Stephen Leacock Collegiate Institute at 2450 Birchmount Rd, just north of Sheppard. (For more information on the location, visit http://torontotabla.com/classes/locations/)
Besides beginners, tabla players of all levels who are looking for a teacher are encouraged to contact the Toronto Tabla Ensemble at 1-888-XLTABLA (1-888-958-2252) to be assessed and placed in a suitable advanced or intermediate class.
Ritesh Das has been teaching tabla for over thirty years. He has trained for most of his life under the great gurus Pandit Shankar Ghosh, Ustad Zakir Hussain, and is currently a disciple of Pandit Swapan Chaudhuri. His father was the great dance teacher Nrittacharya Prohlad Das, and his brother is the renowned Pandit Chitresh Das, a living legend in the north Indian classical dance Kathak.
Drawing from his rich background and privileged training, Ritesh Das is able to deliver North Indian classical music training that is unique throughout Canada. His classes provide an uncompromising balance of music theory, technique and cultural history.
Das founded the Toronto Tabla Ensemble in 1981. The band has released four ground-breaking albums, including Juno-nominated Firedance. The Toronto Tabla Ensemble has given the north Indian classical art form a place in popular Canadian music. Many of Das’s former students have gone on to carve a niche for themselves in the music scene in Canada and abroad.