Born in the UK, Gurdain Rayatt is one of the leading tabla players in the country today performing regularly as an international artiste. He has been honoured to perform for HRH The Prince of Wales in Royal Albert Hall and the V&A Museum as well as performances at the House of Commons in front of distinguished MPs.
A graduate with B. Hons in English/Film and Music from King’s College and University of West London, Gurdain was trained by the tabla legend Guru Acharya Pandit Shankar Ghosh, Gurdain’s performances range from traditional classical music and dance through to cross-cultural and experimental fusion work. He studied both English with Film and Music with Composition at King’s College London and University of West London, gaining two Bachelor Degrees.
Hailing from the traditions of three major tabla gharanas (Benares, Punjab and Farukhabad), Gurdain has been blessed with the opportunity to learn from some of the greatest tabla players on the stage today including Pandit Swapan Chaudhuri, Ustad Zakir Hussain, Pandit Kumar Bose and Pandit Anindo Chatterjee. He has been fortunate to have toured, performed and collaborated with some of the most proficient performers currently onstage including Anoushka Shankar, Niladri Kumar, Kala Ramnath, Purbayan Chatterjee, Ustad Amjad Ali Khan, Ustad Shahid Parvez, Pandit Birju Maharaj, Pandit Kushal Das, Pandit Debashish Bhattacharya, Bernhard Schimpelsberger, Roopa Panesar, Jesse Bannister to name a few.
He was a member of the tabla-tarang group “Chakardar” as well as Sam-Yo, the South Asian Music Youth Orchestra. He is a lead percussionist in the three bands – “Kefaya”, “Michael Messer’s Mitra” and “Attuned” which regularly tour the UK and Europe. He is featured on various CD albums including “Call of the Blues”, “Ether”, Bickram Ghosh’s “Beyond Rhythmscape”, “Groove Maker” and Kefaya’s upcoming album release.
He has performed and recorded at the famous Abbey Studios and Westminster Hall alongside the UK Philharmonic Orchestra and Philharmonia. He has performed in major indian classical music festivals including Saptak, Harivallabh and Darbar as well as major world music festivals including WOMAD. He has frequently performed on BBC Radio with the BBC and Sky Arts and at venues including London Southbank, The Royal Albert Hall, V&A Museum, Leeds International Music Festival, Songlines Encounters Festival, Latitude Festival, WOMAD Festival, The NEC Arena, House of Commons and Westminster Abbey, The Sage Gateshead, Brighton Dome.
Gurdain is dedicated to preserving the heritage of his musical tradition and conducts workshops, lecture demos, group and one-to-one classes to individuals across all musical abilities and around the globe online. He is passionate about passing on his enthusiasm and knowledge of tabla, music and drumming to his peers and students in exciting and innovative ways.