Santoor - Vinay Desai
Tabla - Meghashyam Keshav
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Initially, Vinay received knowledge in vocal/harmonium/tabla from Shafiq Rahman in his teens. After completing his college in both Pre-pharmaceutical science as well as Pre-Law in Delaware, Vinay sought out to learn Santoor in India. In 2011, with blessings and direct guidance of Padma Vibhushan Pandit Shivkumar Sharma, Vinay began his studies under Takahiro Arai and Dhananjay Daithankar. He later moved back to USA to learn from Kunal Gunjal. To expand his knowledge in music, Vinay has learnt from different Maestros such as late Pandit Ramesh Mishraji, Parthasarathi Chatterjee, Jay Gandhiji, Suryaksha Deshpandejii, and sits with Maestros who come through Shanti Mandir for performances to expand his knowledge and receive the invaluable blessings of them all.
His music is influenced by his stay in Ashrams and ancient practices of meditation and yoga. His music is interwoven with the general feeling of peace and stillness interspersed with lively, powerful and rhythmic phrases. He currently resides at Shanti Mandir, Walden where he manages their spiritual centers around the world and continues his studies and performances of Santoor regularly.
Meghashyam Keshav started learning Tabla at the age of 6. He has trained from Pandit Vishwanath Nakod, Pandit Udayaraj Karpur , Pandit Ravindra Yavagal and is currently studying under the world renowned maestro Pandit Anindo Chatterjee. He has also trained in Mridangam from Vidwan Arjun Kumar. He has performed numerous tabla solo concerts as well as accompanied vocal and instrumental music. Some of the artists he has performed with include Pt. Brij Narayan, Pt.Nayan Ghosh, Pt.Vinayak Torvi, Pt.Ram Deshpande, Pt.Ronu Majumdar, Pt.Rakesh Chaurasia, Vidwan Shashank, Vidwan Nagaraj and Manjunath.
He is an engineer by profession and is currently working with Tata Consultancy Services.