Aneesh Pradhan


One of India’s leading tabla players, Aneesh Pradhan is a disciple of the maestro Nikhil Ghosh from whom he inherited a varied repertoire. Aneesh is the recipient of awards such as the Aditya Birla Kala Kiran Award (2000), the Natyadarpan Award for ‘Best Background Score’ (1998), the Vasantotsav Award (2012), and the Saath Sangat Kalakar Award (2013). He is also a frequent participant in cross-cultural musical collaborations both in the capacity of performer and composer. He has been awarded the Indian Council for Cultural Relations Chair in Indian Studies at the Sir Zelman Cowen School of Music, Monash University. He is also the Director of Underscore Records Pvt. Ltd which he established with vocalist Shubha Mudgal. He co-curates an international music festival ‘Baajaa Gaajaa: Music from 21st Century India’.