When inborn talent and devotion to music come together, they must inevitably give birth to an artist like Subrata Bhattacharya.
A tabla player of note on the Indian classical music scenario, Subrata is amazingly talented and his accomplishments and achievements in the field of percussion music have earned him name and enviable fame. Subrata is one of the leading tabla players in India today .Few tabla players have enjoyed such instant recognition and acclaim among concert audiences. Subrata's solo renderings reveal his knowledge of the art and his creativity at their best...


As an accompanist of choice of some of the most renowned classical exponents,he exhibits his command over the tabla and his comprehension of the intricacies of the notes and sounds of classical music. He has to his credit numerous performances at some of the most prestigious venues in India and abroad. Subrata has impressed audiences in the USA, the Middle East, and Europe. Audiences at the Dover Lane Music Conference (periodical), ITC Sangeet Sammelan Calcutta, Gunidas Sangeet Sammelan, Salt Lake Music Festival, Bhawanipur Sangeet Sammelan, Dakhini Sangeet Sammelan, Golpark Rama Krishna Mission Annual Music Conference, Calcutta, A.I.R.Concerts and Radio FM Music Concert, to name a few, have had the opportunity to see this immensely talented musician perform. He has also performed in Sparsh in Lucknow, and at the National Center for Performing Arts, Mumbai, and India International Center, Delhi.

He has received his taalim under Shri Tamal Krishna Chatterjee, Shri Nripen Karmakar and Shri Tapan Kr. Banerjee before he was finally accepted as a pupil of tabla maestro Pt. Shankar Ghosh, all of whom honed his talent to the level of refinement now witnessed by audiences everywhere. He has since proved himself a worthy exponent of the Farukhabad Gharana. Recognition of his talent has come in the form of such awards as the Sangeet Prabhankar and the Gold Medal and the Saangeet Praveen from Prayag Sangeet Samiti, Allahadad, and Sangeet Bhushan from the Bhatkhande College, Lucknow.

Being an accompanist is an essential aspect of any tabla player's expertise, and here too Subrata has made his mark. Renowned artists whom he has accompanied in the past few years are Pt. Vishwa Mohan Bhatt, Dr. L. Subramaniam, Dr.N.Rajam, Pt. Buddhaditya Mukherjee, Ustad Shahid Parvez Khan, Ustad Ali Ahmed Hussain, Pt. Tarun Bhattacharya, Pt. Ronu Majumdar, Chitraveena Ravikiran, and Pt. Tejendra Narayan Majumdar, Pt. Samaresh Chaudhury.

He was a visiting professor at the Universty of Urbana Champaign,IL. The next milestone of his creativity and innovation is "Naad- The Everlasting Sound", a group he has formed to experiment with fusion music. It seems the next inevitable step in Subrata's career as a mingling and merging of eastern, middle eastern and western styles of music is the trend among makers and lovers of music these days. He is been a part of the Chicago based Indo -Jazz band Flat Earth Ensemble since it's inception.

NAAD-The Everlasting Sound

A coming together of different musical traditions from diverse human cultures has gained popularity as fusion music. This kind of music finds an echo in every heart, in those hearts that make the music as well as those that listen. When the world speaks of creating the global village, the links are best formed and forged together by music. Music is the universal language that can make even silence eloquent, evoking moods of togetherness effortlessly. Musical instruments, of any culture and tradition, of the West and the East, can blend their different sounds in a way that melts away differences. Fusion music was born with this in mind, a desire to do away with differences, to share and exchange ideas and concepts which could discover common ground across national borders. Exchange has been occurring among musicians of various nations for years now. The newness that is in fusion music is the conscious effort to bring together cultural consciousness and sensibilities. A growing number of musicians are experimenting with new combinations of world music styles. World fusion music has become a standard term for this innovative music. It has become a passion and life's work for many musicians. So it is with Subrata Bhattacharya, tabla player and composer, whose creation is Naad (mellifluous sound). The sound of fusion music Naad, an Indian fusion group, specializes in blending the evocative sounds of the eastern instruments with the stimulating notes of western instruments. The sounds of Indian classical and Western classical, traditional and popular, fuse in one harmonious arrangement in the group’s music. The mind behind the group as well as its chief inspirer, Subrata is one of the leading tabla players in India today with a proficiency in the art which belies his age and humble approach to life. He has performed in various concerts in India and abroad. Subrata is an accompanist of choice of the best known musicians and is acknowledged as an accompanist and soloist who is able to combine knowledge with creativity. Music means much to him and it is this meaning which he wants to spread as a binding force among the youth. Together with him on this musical mission are equally talented young people who are musicians in their own right. To say the least, this talented group is trying to add an entirely new dimension to the concept of fusion music. It is the perfect combination of tradition and the individual talent, creating a musical experience of rare beauty.


Wall to Wall Guitar Festival, September 12, 2007 ( Krannert Center, UIUC)

Accompanied Pandit Vishwa Mohan Bhatt at the festival

Workshop/Master classe, Texas A&M University, Austin Texas

September: Chicago World Music Festival

Meeting by the Lake, September, 2007

Accompanied Pandit Viswa Mohan Bhatt and Andrew York

Improvisations in the Classical Ragas and Talas of India, Ravi Shankar Series Concert, University of Texas, Austin, TX

Klassische Indische Musik, Friedenspalast, Hannover, Germany Tour

April, 2008 – October 2008 – Artist in Residence at the Channing Murray Foundation Served as an Artist in Residence and was supported by grant money provided by the International Governor’s International Exchange program within the Illinois Arts Council. Performed in community public events such as the Boneyard Arts Festival, the Bengali Students Association, the Allen Hall Residence programs, master class for Champaign Central High School Band members, and participated in Edison Middle School presentation of Indian classical tabla. Conducted tabla workshops at Southside Elementary School in Champaign, Illinois

Rhythm and Raag-An Institute for Indian Performing Arts Instructor and co founder for Indian music school based in Chicago, Illinois, teaching students, presenting lecture demonstrations, performing Indian classical music to south Asian and other public audiences.

(Spring/Fall 2009) Instructor – Center for World Music, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign Teaching University level students the art of Indian classical tabla, managing class filled to capacity, grading and demonstrating for a 14 week period for each of two semesters.

Society for the Promotion of Indian Classical Music and Culture Among Youth, Spic Macay

Accompanist for Dr. N. Rajan, classical Hindustani violinist 

Naad – The Everlasting Sound, Congo Square Jazz Festival, Kolkata India

Celebrating Navaratri with Subrata and Friends, Krannert Center for the Performing Arts, UIUC

September: Chicago World Music Festival

June: Fete de la Musique, Paris, France

September: Chicago World Music Festival

October: Hindu Temple of Greater Chicago, Shanti- A Concert for Peace, Rhythm and Raag Program

2015 May/June:

IMC Minneapolis

BAGA Eye on India, Chicago

Sangeetayan, Atlanta by Pritam and Prithviraj

Old Town School of Folk Music, Chicago


New Jersey

Basant Bahar, SFO

Music Circle LA

Urbana Champaign

2016 August/Sep:
Chinmaya Mission, Chicago
LA by Suman Laha
San Jose by Abhijit Pathak
Emme Chicago Martyrs
Milwakee Emme
2016 April:
Learnquest Baithak, Boston
Georgia TEch, Atlanta
ICMC Dallas
Urbana Champaign
Cupertino, CA
2017 September:
Constellation Chicago Emme
BPACON, Nashville
College Station TEXAS A&M
Austin Indrajit Banerjee
2017 May:
Mithas Boston
Chhandayan All night NY
Madhuji NJ





Subrata Bhattacharya Kolkata, India.