Sanju Sahai – Tabla

Sanju Sahai is one of the sixth generation of players belonging to the Benares tabla gharana, founded some 200 years ago and known for its powerful sound.  He is its current head, a position he inherited on the death of his father. Sanju began playing at an early age and gave his first solo performance at the age of nine.  

He has accompanied many of India’s legendary musicians and dancers.  But he does not confine himself to Indian classical music: he collaborates with musicians from the worlds of jazz, flamenco, Western classical music and opera, hip hop, folk, blues and contemporary music and dance. He has worked with, among others, composer Michael Nyman, singer Patricia Rozario, multi percussionist Pete Lockett, oud player Yair Dalal, cellist Matthew Barley, and the BBC Philharmonic.  He has performed at Carnegie Hall, the Sydney Opera House, the Royal Albert Hall, the House of Commons, Westminster Abbey and the Glastonbury and Womad festivals.  He has played for the Queen on several occasions and at Highgrove.

Sanju often teaches and organises workshops in schools and colleges.  He has been a tutor at SOAS, London University for over fifteen years and he works regularly with the National Youth Orchestra.