Rahul Pophali is one of the most versatile tabla players in today’s younger generation. A dazzling performer and an incessant innovator, Rahul has carved a niche for himself in the world of percussion music.
Rahul’s journey with the tabla started at the age of seven under the tutelage of Pt. Raghunath Agashe. Very soon he grasped the intricacies of the Delhi, Farukhabad and Lucknow gharanas (school of music). He bagged several prizes at national level tabla competitions as a solo performer.
He progressed to advanced training in the Punjab gharana style under Pt. Nishikant Barodekar (senior disciple of Ustad Alla Rakha Khansaheb and Ustad Zakir Hussain).
Rahul hit the concert stage at an early age and since then, has accompanied many musicians of various styles. His performances have been largely appreciated by connoisseurs and music lovers equally, for the tonal aesthetics, rhythmic creativity, speed and spontaneity.
Intense desire to explore various sounds of tabla and an urge to experiment led him to perform with several reputed Jazz, Rock, Flamenco, and World Music exponents across the globe.
He also plays percussion instruments such as pakhawaj, dholak, duff, darbuka to compliment his tabla playing.
Rahul holds bachelors degrees in Tabla and Electronics Engineering.
Rahul is passionate about teaching and has been training several students across the globe through in-person lessons, online lessons, and workshops on tabla and Indian music.
1998 - 2002 (4 year)