An accomplished Tabla artist – an expert musicologist – a versatile Guru. Talyogi Padmashri Pt. Suresh Talwalkar is one of the most eminent Tabla maestros in the world of music. His contribution to the field of Indian Classical music has awarded him an invaluable position as a performer, Guru, writer and thinker. Sureshji is credited to contributing majorly to popularize the Tabla as a solo instrument.
Sureshji is probably the only Guru of present times who takes upon himself to train, guide and establish his Shishyas. Majority of the contemporary ace Tabla players especially in western India are his disciples. His son Satyajit Talwalkar, Vijay Ghate, Ramdas Palsule would be just a few names at the top of the list. His daughter Sawani is also carving a niche for herself.
A number of vocalists, instrumentalists, Kathak dancers train under Sureshji in the aspects of ‘Laykari” and aesthetics of music. He has a huge following in the European countries, from where a big number of Jazz musicians regularly learn under him and try to immerse in the ocean of Indian music. He also trains Pakhawaj players and western drummers. Only a Guru with wide vision and perspective can impart such holistic training to students from different disciplines.
Awards and accolades:
Sureshji has been honored with more than 35 national and international awards and titles. He has been awarded the title ‘Sangeet poornacharya’ by Resp. Vishnu Maharaj Parnerkar, ‘Taalyogi’ by Shri Shankaracharya of Karaveer Peeth and ‘Sreshtha Kala Acharya’. He is the recipient of Sangeet Natak Academy Award and last but not the least, ‘Padmashree’ awarded by the Government of India.