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Studying with Ritesh Das and the Toronto Tabla Ensemble
Training in tabla technique, rhythmical math, and accompaniment of other art forms such as: vocal, kathak dance and North Indian classical instruments.
Education in Indian history, philosophy, culture and etiquette.
Dedicated and accomplished teachers who train directly under Master Teacher and Composer Ritesh Das
Senior classes and intensive courses taught by Ritesh Das himself
Performance opportunities with the Toronto Tabla Ensemble and other artists, including world renowned Pandit Chitresh Das.
Pre-professional Youth Ensemble and leadership program under direction of Ritesh Das.
Extensive formal examination process enabling students to measure progress and receive certificates for achievements.
Full music immersion programs such as intensives, summer camps, and retreats

Posted 2 days ago

The Indian Diaspora Festival is set to premiere at the Palmerston Library Theatre on August 15th, 2014, coinciding with the anniversary of India’s Independence Day. Launched by Canada’s preeminent tabla teacher and founder of award-winning Toronto Tabla Ensemble, Ritesh Das, it will feature performances in Indian music and dance forms, tabla and kathak. It is the first festival of its kind to embrace artists of Indian traditions who have been educated entirely in the West, as opposed to India where most prominent performers have been trained.
Launching the Indian Diaspora Festival is one of many ways Ritesh Das has been working to preserve the Indian culture and pass it on to the next generation in Canada. Commenting on the festival launch, Das said, “My dream becomes reality in honouring and presenting Indian Legacy.”

The festival premiere at the Palmerston Library Theatre will consist of performances in the Indian musical tradition of tabla and classical dance tradition of kathak. The first half features a traditional solo performance by Razak Pirani, who has been studying tabla in Toronto with Ritesh Das for six years. The second half features Los Angeles based kathak dancer, Rina Mehta, who studies under living legend, Pandit Chitresh Das. Rina is an award winning kathak performer and teacher who works in the arts full time. Having been trained in North America, both of these artists demonstrate the quality of education in these arts that is upheld outside of India.

Indian classical music and dance forms are now prominent worldwide thanks to the work of musical legends, Pandit Ravi Shankar and Ustad Ali Akbar Khan. The establishment of the Ali Akbar College of Music in the United States created a legacy of high quality education which has been going strong for almost 50 years. This legacy has continued with maestros Ustad Zakir Hussain, Pandit Swapan Chaudhuri, and Pandit Chitresh Das among those continuing to preserve the education and culture here in the West.

The festival founder, Ritesh Das, is one who has benefitted from the teachings of these great masters being the student of tabla maestro, Pandit Swapan Chaudhuri, as well as the younger brother of kathak maestro, Pandit Chitresh Das. Drawing from his rich background and training he has been able to deliver North Indian classical music training that is unique throughout Canada. Das founded the Toronto Tabla Ensemble in 1991 and since then has given the North Indian classical art form a place in popular Canadian music. For more information on the Toronto Tabla Ensemble or call 1-888-958-2252.

Posted 4 days ago

Profile of Razak Pirani student of Ritesh Das.

Born and raised in Toronto, Razak has been studying under Ritesh Das, and was given the opportunity to perform as a member of the Toronto Tabla Ensemble in 2011. Razak is currently pursuing an undergraduate degree in mathematics at the University of Toronto.

Posted 2 weeks ago

Indian Diaspora Festival

Posted 3 weeks ago
Parents of the students of TTYE (Toronto Tabla Youth Ensemble) describe the experience of their children and observations they have made.
Video Melissa-Bhavani Das-Arp
Edited Harry W Arp 
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Classes are available for all ages and levels, and are held by semester (8-14 weeks each)

Posted 1 month ago

Tabla Class in Toronto Mississauga and Scarborough

Classes are held for all levels in Toronto Scarborough and Missussauga. 

Born and raised in Toronto, Razak has been studying under Ritesh Das, and was given the opportunity to perform as a member of the Toronto Tabla Ensemble in 2011. Razak is currently pursuing an undergraduate degree in mathematics at the University of Toronto.

Posted 1 month ago

New Beginning Classes at Bavia Arts Toronto.

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Tuesdays 5-6 PM Children

Thursdays 6-7 PM Adults.

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Tabla Summer Session

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Children’s Tabla Class in Mississauga Toronto Scarborough
This clip showcases the Toronto Tabla Ensemble (TTE) where there are different levels of young students in tabla class with Ritesh Das. This is the Mississauga branch where some of the students have been coming for two years and some just started two weeks ago. Ritesh Das has been working with all of these different levels to develop their skills and being able to play together and perform in the Toronto Tabla Youth Ensemble.
Every year the TTE School hold theory and practical exams which advances students to new levels. 
Their goal is to become well versed tabla players, highly knowledgeable in North Indian Classical music, being able to perform as a solo artist as well as accompany other artforms.
All of the students at the TTE maintain excellent grades in high school, college and university. Tabla helps them to focus their minds, increase math skills and boosts their confidence with presentations and public speaking.