Gurdain Rayatt

Tabla teacher

Based in
London, United Kingdom
Also teaches in North London
Gurdain Rayatt | Tabla teacher

Rates: £10 group classes. 1-2-1 classes take place online or at my home and are £15 for 30 minutes and £30 for 1 hour

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A professionally trained tabla player and disciple of late maestro Pandit Shankar Ghosh, Gurdain has been teaching the tabla for over a decade to students of all backgrounds, ages and abilities. He takes a very personalised approach to each individual's development in the full knowledge that every hand, every mind and every student has a different learning style and ability.

Lessons include written and spoken material, rhythmic exercises as well as focus on technique and tonal quality to achieve the best sound. Material ranges from light classical grooves through to compositional material and part practice items.


Born and bred in the UK, Gurdain Rayatt is one of the finest young tabla players in the country today. His rigorous training from his father and grandfather and also the late Pandit Shankar Ghosh has resulted in a varied and rich lineage of repertoire and style from the Punjab, Benares and Farukhabad gharanas. He studied both English with Film and Music with Composition at King’s College London and University of West London, gaining two Bachelor Degrees.

Gurdain began his tutelage from his father Harkirat Rayatt at the age of 3 with guidance from his father’s guru and grandfather Bhai Gurmit Singh Virdee. Bhai Gurmit Singh Virdee had learned the Punjab style of tabla playing from Ustad Bahadur Singh (a disciple of Mian Fakir Baksh who was a gurubhai of Mian Qader Baksh, the guru of Ustad Alla Rakha) and the Benares style of tabla playing from Pandit Samta Prasad.

Gurdain quickly became inspired by performing maestros of the time including Pandit Anindo Chatterjee, Ustad Zakir Hussain, Pandit Kumar Bose and Pandit Swapan Chaudhuri. Through his father’s efforts in promoting high quality tabla performances, Gurdain was fortunate to learn from and play for these maestros at close quarters. He has had interactions and taleem from other great tabla players and teachers including Pandit Suresh Talwalkar, Pandit Yogesh Samsi, Pandit Subhankar Banerjee, Satyajit Talwalkar and Pandit Nayan Ghosh.

His main professional development came from his extensive taleem with the late maestro Pandit Shankar Ghosh and his son, Bickram Ghosh who both tirelessly dedicated their time to nurturing Gurdain’s talent. After a year-long stay in Kolkata, India to strictly develop his playing and technique, Gurdain spent time with professional musicians such as Pandit Tarun Bhattacharya, Pandit Kushal Das, Pandit Debjyoti Bose, Pandit Debashish Bhattacharya, Niladri Kumar and has been performing with a wide range of musicians and dancers ever since.

Group Classes

Group Class - Colindale, Barnet

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It's a: 
Merit House
508 Edgware Road, London, United Kingdom
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Saturdays from 10am until 12pm
£10 per session

Group Class - Wood Green

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I CAN CARE, Woodside House
294 High Road, Wood Green, London, United Kingdom
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Thursdays 6pm onwards
£10 per session

Educational history

BMus (Hons) Music Performance/Composition - 1st Class Honours

September, 2006 - September, 2011
University of West London
Achieved a 1st class honours award for this particular degree programme


Aimed at: Beginner, Intermediate and Advanced.
Online teaching offered


A tabla set will be required at class - practising at home will allow for the best progress.

Online lessons require access to a computer or tablet/phone with a decent internet connection, webcam device, microphone.

Group classes include personalised 1-2-1 development alongside group activities and practice time. If you require more attention and focus on your own playing, private 1-2-1 classes are recommended to gain 30 or 60 minute focused learning.

No cancellation refunds will be available without 24 hours notice before a booked session unless there is an emergency reason at my discretion.

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