Taalyogi Pandit Suresh Talwalkar
Born1948 (age 74–75)
Mumbai, Bombay State, India
GenresHindustani classical music
WebsiteTaalyogi Pandit Suresh Talwalkar

Taalyogi Pandit Suresh Talwalkar (born 1948) is an Indian musician who plays the percussion instrument tabla.

Performing career

Talwalkar was born in 1948 into a Marathi family in Chembur, Mumbai. He belongs to the Keertankar family of Shri Dholebuva. Keertana being a classical form of devotional and musical discourse, a liking for the classical music was inculcated in him right in the childhood. He initially learned playing the tabla from his father Dattatrey Talwalkar.[1][2] He trained under tabla players Pandharinath Nageshkar , Vinayakrao Ghangrekar and Ramdutt Patil and studied the rhythm theory of Carnatic music and Hindustani classical singing.[2][3]

His style draws from several gharanas (stylistic schools) and he accompanied classical musicians and dancers;[2] Talwalkar frequently performed with sarangi player Ram Narayan since the late 1960s, accompanied classical singer Ulhas Kashalkar, and has toured in the United States, Europe, and Africa.[4][5][6] He taught tabla players, including Ramdas Palsule, Vijay Ghate and Western drummers.[2] Talwalkar was awarded the All India Radio Award in 1966, the Sangeet Natak Akademi Award in 2004[2][7] and Padma Shri in 2013.[8]

Talwalkar is married to classical singer Padma Talwalkar and they have a daughter, tabla player Savani Talwalkar, and a son, Mumbai businessman and tabla player Satyajit Talwalkar.[9][10]


TaalYogi title was conferred on Suresh Talwalkar by His Holiness Jagatguru Shankaracharya Shri Vidya Shankar Bharthi, Karveer Peeth, Kolhapur in 2001.



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  3. ^ Naimpalli, Sadanand (2005). Theory and Practice of Tabla. Popular Prakashan. p. 108. ISBN 81-7991-149-7.
  4. ^ "Narayan, maître du sarangi, en récital à Montréal" [Narayan, master of sarangi, performs in Montreal]. Le Devoir (in French). 27 November 1981. p. 18.
  5. ^ Swaminathan, G. (6 January 2009). "Highlighting the ragas' beauty". The Hindu. Archived from the original on 6 November 2012. Retrieved 1 July 2010.
  6. ^ "March to a different drummer at tabla gig". The Nation. 21 February 1997. p. C7.
  7. ^ "SNA: List of Akademi Awardees – Instrumental – Tabla". Sangeet Natak Akademi. Archived from the original on 17 April 2010. Retrieved 1 July 2010.
  8. ^ "Padma Awards" (PDF). Ministry of Home Affairs, Government of India. 2015. Retrieved 21 July 2015.
  9. ^ Shaikh, Asseem (15 December 2009). "Singer's house burgled; gold, jewellery worth Rs 6.74 lakh stolen". The Times of India. Archived from the original on 18 December 2009. Retrieved 1 July 2010.
  10. ^ "The Beat of a Guru". The Nation. 15 March 1997. p. C1.