The Dumru Rhythm Festival

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When 20 world renowned drummers, 15 percussion acts, 3 workshops, drumming flea market, mass drumming , drum jams, regional drummers and everything about Rhythm is happening at one Festival, you know you are at Dumru

 The Dumru Rhythm Festival is India’s Premier Rhythm Festival which began operations in 2011 with an all Indian percussive line up at the Mahalaxmi lawns in Kothrud. An outstanding response by Rhythm Lovers from Pune made Dumru the biggest Rhythm Festival in the country with more than 36 thousand people thronging the grounds along three days.

 The 2015 Edition of The Dumru Rhythm Festival will witness Global collaborations for the first time in Pune. World Renowned and Grammy award winning percussionists from USA, Europe and India will collaborate to form new world sounds and Rhythm.

 This year the organizers of Dumru have introduced a talent stage where 10 deserving artists will get a chance to showcase their percussive talent.

A drumming flea market will have 25 stalls full of percussion& drumming instruments, world rhythm cultures and sound systems.

 The Rhythm Excellence Award will be awarded to a percussionist who has spread the education of Indian Rhythm globally on the second day of the festival.

 Finally the Dumru Rhythm Festival will be donating their full profits from ticket sales towards eradication of Malnutrition in India via their initiative Music for Food. 

 The finale will be played by YOU – the audience – directed by the star performers on stage in one of the biggest drum jams in the world




1)      Giovanni Hidalgo ( World Brand Ambassador of the Conga)

Legendary percussionist Giovanni Hidalgo was born in Puerto Rico and grew up in home filled with the drums, bongos, congas and timbales used by his father and grandfather, both musicians themselves.

Hidalgo began playing on a home made conga crafted by his father from a wooden barrel, when he was just eight years old. He also practiced on other percussion instruments, applying his great talent to become one of the top Latin percussionists in the world today. The sounds other drummers create with sticks, Hidalgo creates with his hands. His lightning-fast precision is particularly admired by drummers across the world.

Maestro Giovanni Hidalgo has won multiple Grammy awards for his Albums Planet Drum and Global Drum Project with legendary drummers Mickey Hart and Ustad Zakir Hussein.

Maestro Giovanni Endorses the LP brand of Conga’s and also has his own Conga Series which is known as the Giovanni Palladium and Giovanni Galaxy Series.


2)    Vidhvan Vikku Vinayakram ( A legend of the Earthen Pot)

Thetakudi Harihara Vinayakramalso known as Vikku Vinayakram is a Grammy Award–winning Indianpercussionist who has mesmerized audiences world wide with this finger techniques on the earthen Pot ( Ghatam) Vikkuji as he is fondly called by his followers is credited with popularizing the ghatam the world over.

He was awarded the Padma Shri, given by Government of India in 2002, and later the 2012 Sangeet Natak Akademi Fellowship, the highest honour in the performing arts conferred by the Sangeet Natak Akademi, India's National Academy for Music, Dance and Drama. Finally he was awarded the Padma Bhushan in 2014.


3)    Pandit Anindo Chatterjee ( Doyen of Farukhabad’s singing Tabla)

Pandit Anindo Chatterjee is a legendary tabla player from Farukhabad gharana.He was born in a musical family.He is a disciple of Pt.Jnan Prakash Ghosh. Gifted with an ability to summon crystal-clear melodies from his drums, Maestro Anindo Chatterjee evolved into one of the world's greatest tabla players of the modern era.. The director of the Farrukhabad Gharana of Tabla, founded by Haji Vilayat Khan Saheb, Anindo Dada continues to give new voice to his instrument.

Inspired by his uncle, Pandit Biswanath Chatterjee, Chatterjee began playing tabla at the age of five. Studying briefly with Ustad Afaq Hussain Khan of the Lucknow Gharana, he advanced to Pandit Jnan Prakash Ghosh, with whom he studied for three decades. The recipient of the prestigious President's Award in 1970, Chatterjee became the first tabla player to perform in the House of Commons 20 years later

 In addition to solo performances and recordings, Pt. Chatterjee worked with almost all the big names in Indian classical music right from Pt. Ravishankar, Ustad Amjad Ali Khan and Ustad Villayat Khan to the current new generation stars like Niladri Kumar, Aman and Ayaan Ali Khan etc.. Pandit Chatterjee received the Sangeet Natak Akademi Award for 2002.


4)    Shri Ranjit Barot ( Edge of India’s Drumming)

He has been described by guitar legend John McLaughlin as "one of the leading edges in drumming", and is now part of John McLaughlin and the 4th Dimension,

He has been always inspired by the path-breaking work of tabla maestro Zakir Hussain and John McLaughlin and was recently featured as the drummer in John's Grammy nominated album ‘Floating Point’.

Born into a family steeped in Indian classical music, melody and rhythm has always been an integral part of Ranjit’s life. His mother is the renowned Kathak dancer, Sitara Devi. His response to the western drum kit, even at the age of 12, was almost organic and his natural flair, ease and craft catapulted him onto becoming one of India's leading artists on the instrument at the age of 17, starting out as drummer with the great Louis Banks and traveling to the West with leading Indian jazz and classical musicians


5)     Ustad Taufiq Qureshi ( India’s Prince of Percussion)

Taufiq Qureshi, an ace percussionist of India, is also an acclaimed composer. Being the son and disciple of the legendary tabla maestro Ustad Allarakha; Taufiq’s performances showcase the traditional flavour and intricacies of Indian rhythm, interwoven with the sparkle of his phenomenalcommand over contemporary world percussions.

Taufiq’s trademark style of using his ‘in and out breathe’ and incorporating body and vocal percussions, to create unique rhythmic motifs spanning across cultures; has become a trend. His sense of tone and his mastery over a wide variety of percussions adds a unique element to any collaboration and thus enhances a fusion music concert.


 6)    Vd. SelvaGanesh ( Storms the world with his Palm)

Vd. Selvaganesh gained world fame through tours with John McLaughlin's group, Remember Shakti. He helps his father, Grammy-winner T.H. "Vikku" Vinayakram, to run the Sri JGTV school and train a new generation of Carnatic percussionists.

He has also composed and produced albums and played with the Swedish bass player Jonas Hellborg and American guitar virtuoso Shawn Lane.

His debut international solo album, Soukha, was released in 2006 featuring all other regular members of Remember Shakti including John McLaughlin, Zakir HussainU. Srinivas and Shankar Mahadevan, as well as sitar player Niladri Kumar and his father T.H. "Vikku" Vinayakram

He has also formed a new group called dr JSM, with the UK-based Goan songwriter/producer dr.Joel and the young Carnatic singer .Their Indo-Celtic album entitledTurn on the dreams was released in the UK in 2005.In 2012, Selvaganesh made his film directorial debut with Bodhai, a short film in Tamil. He also composed the four-track soundtrack which was released in digital format by Saregama.


7)     Pt. Bickram Ghosh ( The Cool Classical Maestro)

Bickram Ghosh is an Indian tabla player who performs Hindustani classical music and fusion music. His music is strongly influenced by thumri and khayal genres of the Patiala Gharana. Bickram is known to experiment and reinterpret music and culture; he dabbles in a vast repertoire of musical genres, from classical, rock, new-age, fusion to film music

He has performed with well-known performers including Ustad Ali Akbar Khan and Pandit Ravi Shankar. He also performed in jugalbandis with his father in some concerts. He worked with George Harrison just before the ex-Beatle’s death. His long-standing band, Rhythmscape, which performs neo-fusion music, celebrated their 10th anniversary in 2011.

To celebrate the occasion Rhythmscape collaborated with Greg Ellis to perform in Kolkata and Mumbai, an event organized by Folktronic. The band also released their second album,Transformation, which went on to win the Best Fusion Album at the Indian Recording Arts Awards 2012.

Bickram Ghosh performs within Troikala with Assamese folk/indie singer Paponand Scottish singer-songwriter Rachel Sermanni. Troikala was curated and organized by British Council in association with Folktronic. He performed as part of fusion Sufi act, "Sufusion" with vocalists Ambarish Das and Parvati Kumar, keyboardist Indrajit Dey, and drummer Arun Kumar.


8) Vd. VAIDYANATHAN SURESH (mathematics through rhythm) 

Ghatam Suresh Vaidyanathan is a top ranked GHATAM and multi-percussion artiste internationally acclaimed and respected for his in-depth knowledge of Indian rhythm and technical supremacy. Working in the company of renowned drummers and musicians in world music and jazz genres besides carnatic music for many decades, Suresh has acquired the rich experience and authentic knowledge of the International music systems.

Suresh has had his tutelage under illustrious gurus like Shri T R Harihara Sharma, Sri T H Vinayakram, Sri T V Gopalakrishnan and Sri Umayalpuram Narayanaswamy Iyer – all legends in their own respect.

As a ghatam player Suresh has gained preeminence and Star value with his unique fingering techniques, sound modulation in robust solos and aesthetic accompaniment. He is also proficient in a variety of Indian percussion instruments like, mridangam, kanjira, tavil, konakkol and morsing and a few Latin percussions.


9)    BONDO FERNANDES ( Flamenco’s favorite child)

Bondo has an education in Indian Classical music and a strong background in Indo-Jazz, Indo-Fusion, Indo-Latin, Jazz and Flamenco music. Furthermore, talent and versatility have turned Bondo into one of Goa’s finest musician, the only Indo-Latin percussionist in India, and an internationally renowned percussionist who has performed extensively in Europe for more than 17 years.

Remarkable and imaginative, his rhythmic genius has left a mark in countries like Portugal, Russia, England, France, Sweden, Denmark, Poland, Hungary, Germany, Holland, Italy, Spain, U.S.A., Brazil, Morocco, China, Macao, Singapore, Japan, Hong Kong, and Indonesia.

Bondo with Indo-jazz fusion group Divya which featured keyboard whiz Dinshah Sanjana, vocalist Shankar Mahadevan, Roy Venkataraman on Guitar (Ex Bob Marley's Wailers Band guitarist), mridangamist P. Sridhar & Ustad Fazal Qureshi and Taufiq Qureshi on tabla, released 2 albums, one recorded in Budapest, Hungary and performed at top jazz festivals & clubs including the Montmartre in Denmark, Fasching in Sweden, Rijksmuseum in Holland, Jazz Jamboree in Poland, Debrechen Jazz Festival, Jazz Yatra in India & in the USSR and Kazakhistan.

 10) Arun Kumar ( Carnatic Rhythm on the Drums) 

Arun over the years, has carved a niche for himself in the world of percussion as one of the few drummers who does inter-disciplinary music. He has trained for jazz drumming under his father B.S Sukumar and trained in Carnatic percussions under Sri. S.V.Giridhar and Sri. Anoor Anantha Krishna Sharma. He has also been  training for jazz drumming under Ranjit Barot.

Arun also been in Drum Fantasy Camp Cleavland – USA where he had a great privileged to learn from Drum Legends Steve Smith, Peter Erskine, Will Kennedy and Keith Carlock.

For the past fifteen years, Arun has been sharing the stage with Indian classical music’s geniuses like Dr R K Srikantan,Dr M Balamuralikrishna, Vikku Vinayakram, Ustad Zakir Hussain,T V Gopalakrishnan, Trichy Shankaran,Dr L Subramaniam,

Kadri Gopalnath,Tavil Maestro’s Haridwaramangalam A K Palanivel, Mannargudi Vasudevan, Mutthu Kumaraswamy,Tabala Maestro’s Bickram Ghosh, Yogesh Samsi & Sathyajit Talwalkar, Renowned singers M S Sheela, R A Ramamani,Sudha Raghunathan,Nithyashree Mahadevan, Abhishek Raghuram, Renowned drummer Sivamani,Ghatam V Suresh & S Karthick, Khanjira V Selva Ganesh, Violin Maestro’s Ganesh Kumaresh, Mysore M Nagaraj & Dr M Manjunath,Lalgudi G J R Krishnan & Vijayalakshmi, Chiraveena Ravikiran, Vishwamohan Bhat, Ronu Muzumdar, Rakesh Chaurasia, Jayanthi Kumaresh,Rajhesh Vaidya and Purbayan Chatarjee.

11) Mahesh Vinayakram 

Mahesh Vinayakram son of ghatam legendary Padmabhushan T.h.Vikku Vinayakram  today is one of the leading artists in the field of Carnatic and world music. He started his career as a SOLO VOCALIST at the age of 12,& he is a senior disciple ( shisya ) of Smt.Radha Viswanathan daughter of Bharath ratna Smt.M.S.Subbulakshmi and continuing the Semmangudi parampara (bhani) of  sangita pithamahar.shri.semmangudi srinivasa iyer  in Carnatic music presentation.  He had opportunities to get  vocal lessons from Gurus like Shri H.Y. Narayanan, Shri O.S. Thiagarajan, smt. Savithiri Sathyamurthy, Shri. Bhagavathulu Seetharama Sarma (Kalapeetham, Chennai).

 Having performed in all metro cities as solo carnatic performer in concerts in major sabhas, He has also trained himself as a contemporary  Singer for various world class musicians like ustad zakir hussain, stevesmith, sandeep raval, talvin singh, georgebrooks, kai, james asher, jonas hellborg,shawn lane,pete lockett,  and world class productions like Sapthaakshara a family band led by  his father Padma shri. T.H. Vikku vinayakram having all his siblings and shisyas on stage.

He has toured extensively to many  places in the world for both world music productions  listed above and also as freelancer singer for various artista nd festivals. To list a few U.S, Germany , France , Italy , Norway , Sweden , Mauritius , South Africa , Ghana , Kenya , Indonesia , Lesotho,zambia,and many other countries.

12) Pandit Bhavani Shankar

Bhavani Shankar is an Indian pakhawaj drum player. He was born into a musical family, beginning his study of pakhawaj and tabla at the age of eight. His father Babulalji was a renowned Kathak performer, a style of Indian classical dance. He has played with many Indian artists including bansuri player Hariprasad Chaurasia, santoor player Shiv Kumar Sharma and tabla players Zakir Hussain and Anindo Chatterjee. In the last years he has made his mark as a composer for films and experimental fusion projects.

12)    Laya Curry


Founded and curated by upcoming tabla ace , Anubrata Chatterjee, son and disciple of table legend Pt. Anindo Chatterjee, Laya Curry is the new age  Indian Classical Fusion Band. With an average age of 22, the band consists of the third generation musicians.

Anubrata Chatterjee

son of Pt. Anindo Chatterjee heads this band,

Swaminathan Selvaganesh

Son of Khanjira legend Selvaganesh and grandson of Grammy winning Indian percussionist Vikku Vinayakram, plays the Carnatic Rhythm section,


Shikhar Naad Qureshi

 is the son of India’s Prince of Percusison Ust. Taufiq Qureshi and grandson of legendary Tabla maestro Ust. Allah Rakha Khan. Shikhar plays the Djembe and Snare kit in the band.

Shinjini Kulkarni

a Kathak Dancer, is the grand daughter of India’s Kathak Maestro and legend Pandit Birju Maharaj.

Esani Dey

The youngest member in the band, plays the Guitar and is the daughter of Sujoy Dey a very well known Bass player in Bollywood



Few more artists-to be disclosed soon.

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