A tabla maestro to whom music is not only a potent stimulant for mortal existence, but the very breath of her life, Dr. Aban Mistry has scaled glorious heights as a celebrated musicologist.
Her debut in the Indian classical music began with vocal at the tender age of four with initial training from her aunt, late Mehroo Workingboxwalla, followed by further training from Pt. Laxmanrao Bodas for a period of thirty long years. Around the same time, Pt. Jaisukhlal Shah offered to groom this nubile prodigy under his dexterous wings. During this period, Aban received her Sangeet Visharad, Sangeet Alankar, and Sangeet Praveen (Ph.D.) degrees.
Thoroughly imbued with the intricacies and nuances of tabla by the age of 17, Aban infused in her style, the creative aspects of all four gharanas - Delhi, Faroukhabad, Azradabad and Benaras - to evolve her pristine originality. She then mastered the concepts and techniques of Pakhawaj from the illustrious Pt. Narayanrao Mangal-vedhekar, which is consistently being augmented to this day by her guru Pt. Keki Jijina.
Moreover, Dr. Aban Mistry had the distinction of being conferred with coveted titles such as Taal Mani of Sur Singar Samsad, Sangeet Setu by S.M.V. sagar, Sangeet Kala Ratna by Sangeet Kala Kendra, Agra, etc.
As the first woman tabla player, Aban has been listed in the Limca Book of Records. She has performed at numerous concerts in India and across USSR, USA and Europe. She is also affiliated to several universities - like SNDT Mumbai, M.S. University at Baroda, etc.
Inspired by a missionary zeal having undergone insurmountable hurdles herself, Dr. Aban and her guru, Pt. Jijina founded a music institution called SWAR SADHNA SAMITI in 1961, to facilitate upcoming artistes. Here is a talented, well read and scholarly artiste, who has dedicated her life to music.