ALOKE DUTTA is probably the only professional tabla player who plays tabla solo exclusively. Aloke grew up in Shantiniketan where Rabindranath Tagore created a rare blend of intellectual clarity and aesthetic sensibility. He was very fortunate to be able to receive his training in tabla under his father, Anadinath Dutta, as well as Shankar Ghosh, and Jnan Prakash Ghosh. These two streams have combined with his talent, careful thought, and intense practice to create a tabla player of exceptional accomplishment. Since 1990, Aloke has devoted himself exclusively to the development and promotion of pure tabla music, an art form that, he believes, is one of the most expressive and powerful in the world. Encompassing the complexity of traditional, classical Indian rhythms and contemporary ideas, his tabla music is unique and emotionally charged.