Sadanand Naimpalli

Posted 2013-08-12

Pandit Sadanand Naimpalli started playing tablas as a small boy in the early sixties being trained since childhood under late Pandit Taranath. Now, more than 40 years later  he has become one of the handful tabla players in India to be rated as ”Top Grade Artist” by the All India Radio.

His two albums on Country & Eastern were both recording in 1968 when he was a teenager, both with his guru Pandit Taranath in charge of Sadanand’s solo playing thru his harmonium playing, reciting and  general guidance.  On the first album CE01 he is joined by his fellow student Mohan Balvalli for an exciting tabla duet in teental before a very knowledgable and enthusiastic audience in a live concert at the Trinity Club in Bombay. The second album CEX02 was recorded the same day at Taranathji’s house and is a solo in Tal Ashta Mangal of eleven beats plus a special Teental recording with very intricate tihais and chakradars.

Sadanand Naimpalli has published two books on tabla.


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Slide show with photos of Sadanand, his guru Pandit Taranath, grand guru Shamsuddin Khan and gurubhais.

On december 10, 2010, 43 years after recording ce01 and cex02 Sadand played a concert at Södra Teatern in Stockholm together with Pandit Nityanand Haldipur, the fabulous flute player.
Swedish daily SvD run a review of the concert (in swedish).

Videos w Sadanandji from Stockholm 2010
Ajrada Peshkar after Ustad Habibuddin Khan:

Here Pandit Sadanand plays the Megandhabar Paran, a famous composition by the great pakhawaj player Kudo Singh Maharaj. It depicts thunder and lightning and was recorded during Sadanandji’s visit to Stockholm in december 2010:

Sadanand last made a short visit to Stockholm and Helsinki in april 2015 for some teaching.