Akash was introduced to the tabla at the age of two. Many great players would come to
visit the family home to accompany his sister Awantika and Akash was always in awe of
their skills and the relationship between voice and drum. At six he was fortunate to be
trained by Shri Bhogi Ram Ratonia, and he gave his first public performance aged eight.
Over the next few years he studied and practised and when he was eleven entered a local
competition with the best tabla players of Khajuraho which to his surprise he won. This
spurred him on and in 2005, aged twelve he travelled with Awantika to Taiwan to give
forty performances in just two months! The next year his tour included the prestigious
51st Asia pacific film festival Taipei, Taiwan and the following year the Japan India
Friendship Festival in Tokyo .
In 2010 he met the renowned tabla player Pandit Akhilesh Bhatt, of the Benares Gharana
currently living in Delhi, who accepted him as his student. He has groomed Akash in the
finest creativity and clarity of Bols and helped him see how the tabla can support and
bring the most out of a Kathak dance performance.
When travelling abroad Akash is always interested to learn from the music and
percussion of that country but always comes back to the infinite possibilities of what can be created on the Indian tabla. He is currently studying for a masters and also plays the