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 About the Artiste

Prafulla Athalye,Mumbai

Prafulla started his tabla education at the tender age of 7 years. For the first 5 years, he took lessons from Shri Vasant Vishnupurikar.

Over the last 13 years, he had been undergoing his Tabla education under the able guidance of World renowned Tabla Nawaz Late Ustad Allarakha Khansaheb, of Punjab Gharana. He is a Gandabandh disciple of Ustad Allarakha Khansaheb and currently learning under the great tabla maestreo Ustad Zakir Hussain.

Prafulla is a young man, 25 years of age. Recipient of many prizes, he has won the 1st prize at The Youth Festival in 1994, which is organized by The University of Bombay every year. Won the 1st prize in West Zone Inter University competition at Jabalpur and won 2nd prize in All India Inter University Competition held at Gulbarga in January 1995. Stood 1st in the Maharashtra State Competition held at Amravati in January, 1995 which was conducted by the Government of Maharashtra.

Subsequently, his name was nominated for the National Youth Festival. Stood 2nd in the first all India National Youth Festival at Bhopal, which was conducted by the Government of India in January 1995, etc.

He gave his first Tabla solo performance at the age of 11 and has given many public performances (solo as well as accompaniment) at Music Festivals & programs in different parts of India, France, UK and Malaysia.

Prafulla has got the opportunity to accompany some of the well-known artists such as Pt. Jasraj (vocal), Ustad Shamim Ahmed Khan (Sitar), Pt. Manohar Chimote (Harmonium solo), Pt. Ajay Pohankar (vocal), Smt. Neela Bhagwat (vocal), Shri Nandkishore Muley (santoor), Shri Bhalchandra Fadnavis (santoor), Ustad Siraj Khan (sitar) besides his guru Ustad Zakir Hussain.

In March 1995, the Government Of India nominated his name for the Asian Countries Conference held at Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. He has represented India and given lecture demonstration on 'Importance of rhythm in Indian Classical Music' along with a solo performance.

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