Kumar Bose

Kumar Bose

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Kumar Bose Profile

  • Name:
  • Kumar Bose
  • Born:
  • April 4, 1953
  • Father:
  • Pt Biswanath Bose
  • Mother:
  • Vidushi Bharati Bose

Kumar Bose Biography

Kumar Bose is a tabla maestro and composer who performs in Banaras gharana. He is one of the top tabla artists of present generation, and is a recipient of numerous awards and honours including Sangeet Natak Akademi Award in 2007. He is well-versed in different languages and is also known as a carrom champion. He has been performing as a percussionist for the past 4 decades. He received many honours from AIR and has also got opportunity to perform at Royal Albert Hall and the Barbican Centre in London, the Kremlin in Moscow, and many venues outside India.


Kumar Bose was born in Kolkata on 4 April 1953 into a family with Hindustani music tradition. He was initiated to the world of tabla by his father, Biswanath Bose, a renowned percussionist of tabla instrument. His mother Vidushi Bharati Bose is a sitar player who received President's Award for Best Sitar Performance in 1956, and she has guided her son in his musical journey throughout. His brothers are also associated with music, as a part of family tradition. Kumar gave his first public performance at the age of 4, and by 14 he performed in almost all leading music festivals of the country.


He lost his father at a comparatively young age, and he followed his tabla lessons from Pandit Kishan Maharaj. Over the years he became a leading tabla artist, remaining very close to the pure form of Banaras tradition. As of now he has spent more than 35 years in this field and also owns numerous disciples. He also plays different forms of drums. Though he is right-handed, he is a left-handed performer in tabla which he inherited from his father.

Published: March 23, 2019

Updated: March 23, 2019


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