Sandesh POPATKAR (India) – tabla
Born in 1967, he belongs to a family of musical tradition. His father and first teacher, the late Pt. Shankarrao Popatkar, was a renowned tabla artist of India and had played in national musical programs on All India Radio. Currently, he is under the musical guidance of Pt. Gopalrao Wadegaonkar of Farrukhabad Gharana tabla style. In 1986, he received the prestigious Tal Mani Award and one year later he started working at All India Radio in Nagpur. In 1988, he started performing abroad as a solo artist as well as an accompanist of all forms of Indian music (vocal, instrumental and dance). He has preformed in such countries as England, Switzerland, Turkey, Austria, France, Germany, Italy, Greece, Russia, Japan, Australia, Singapore, Belgium, Netherlands, Poland and Portugal.