Deepak Mehta Tabla Exponent
A brilliant born artiste TABLA virtuoso from Delhi Gharana young & Dynamic Yuva Ratna DEEPAK MEHTA (28.05.1982) does not belong to a family of musicians. Initially trained under his own God Gifted Talent spotted by his class teacher at the age of six. Since then his natural music birth started from percussion instrument “BONGO” followed by “CONGO” which in due course of time and that’s too without learning from anybody played in All India Radio, Doordarshan and accompanied with the music groups of Bhappi Lahari, Narinder Chanchal, Prem Bhatia & Party and many more and started earning fame and laurels by coverages in print and electronic medias including his story at the age of 12 was covered and telecast at that time by the famous TV serial “SURABHI” Episode No.127 in 1994. Finally shifted to the more demanding discipline of Hindustani Classical Instrumental music “TABLA” on the landmark advice of Ustad Amjad Ali Khan, Sarod Legend on 28.03.1991. Being the disciple of World renowned Gurus Late Ustad Chhamma Khan of Delhi Gharana followed by his son Padamshree Late Ustad Shafaat Ahmed Khan become the powerhouse performer of TABLA. His electrifying performance always captivate audience whether in the United State of America other countries or Motherland INDIA. His gurus were essentially a maestro of the Delhi gharana of tabla-rhythm. But their repertoire was very rich, comprising typical compositions of almost every major gharana. That is why Deepak is also very well equipped with the different idioms of Hindustani rhythm, though his emphasis continues be to on all the Sylabbles of Delhi gharana. Deepak is also the spiritual disciple of H.D.H. Param Pujya Sant Shri Asaram Bapuji Maharaj of Ahmedabad. Outstanding features of Deepak’s own natural & innovative style of compact solo tabla playing with commendable awareness of rhythm as he does not play on the tabla, he lives it which keeps the audience spellbound. He is on the empanelment of ICCR and remained 8 years Scholarship holder of Tabla from CCRT (Govt. of India). He has performed at Govt. Of India National as well as state level namely., the “HORIZON” series of ICCR, “JHANKAR FESTIVAL” & 12TH “ YUVA MAHOTSAV” of Sahitya Kala Parishad , “SANGEET PRATIBHA” of Sangeet Natak Akademi etc., and judged the state level instrumental competitions organized by Nehru Bal Samiti. He has accompanied with instrumentalists and vocalists of repute and also accompanied the graded artistes of All India Radio. However, he prefers to present “Solo Tabla Recital”. Despite Indian now foreigner are also becoming his disciples. It was no surprise that when at the age of 14 with his sheer virtuosity and timeless supply of rhythmic melody and creativities on tabla won the highest award meant for teenagers, the National “BAL SHREE” Award 1996 presented by the President of India Late Dr. Shanker Dayal Sharma. His name has also been incorporated in the History book of Delhi Gharana in its revised edition of 2002 namely., “Delhi Grarane Ke Sangeet Perampara Aur Ustad Chand Khan” written by Dr. Naian Bharti and published by Saransh prakashan, Delhi- Hyderabad. Many newspapers have predicted in one way or the other that “Another Zakir Hussain in the making”. Despite featuring/interviewing/recording by Star Plus, Zee-News, Jain-TV,U-TV,E-TV, Total-TV, DD1,DD-Metro,Siti Cable, BCN News, CCN News, DRISHTI-News, AIR, Newspapers, Magazines and Delhi based Radio Gandharv for their channel 233 on the World Space Satellite Radio has recorded two programmes 1) Face to Face and 2) Maestro’s Choice. The recording of his autobiography for Doordarshan at the age of 24 by one of the production company i.e. Saakar Creations by selecting through internet is itself witnesses and proof of the recognition of his innate art and talent Deepak Mehta has performed around the globe by visiting RUSSIA- Moscow, KIRGISTAN- Bishkek, SOUTH AFRICA namely., Johns berg, Durban, Woester, Cape Town, Peter Merritsberg, East London, Port Elizabeth, George William Town, Kimberley, George Town, Uitenhage, Graham Town, Queen Town, Richmond, King William Town and in CANADA & USA namely., Dallas, Sacramento, Sanhose, Sanfrancisco, Los Angles, Houston, Chicago, Baltimore, Washington D.C., Maryland, New york, Ottawa, California, Datroite, Austin, Atlanta, Troyae, Windsor, Scarbrow, Georgia, London(Canada), Vergenia, Toronto etc., Deepak has been honoured with many coveted awards, samaans, citations and appreciations.
He is working as a Music Teacher (TGT) in ARWACHIN INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL,Dilshad Garden,Delhi
He is also GRADUATE from DELHI UNIVERSITY
Deepak Mehta Tabla Exponent
awards honoured 1. PRESIDENT OF INDIA presented “NATIONAL BAL SHREE AWARD ‘96” on 15.11.96 at Rastrapati Bhavan. His tabla recital was also shown to the President.; 2. “SHRISHTI AWARD” BY G.T.B. TIMES, DELHI HONOURED BY DELHI CHIEF MINISTER SMT. SHEILA DIKSHIT AT HINDI BHAVAN ON 04.12.2004 ALONGWITH EMINENT PERSONALITIES OF DELHI WHERE DEEPAK ALSO PERFORMED SOLO TABLA RECITAL; 3. former governor of punjab lt. gen.(retd.) b.k.n. chhibber honoured momento and shawl on 29.4.2001 on his live tabla recital organised by mohyal sabha rohini / pitampura followed by covereage by leading newspapers; 4. “RAJIV GANDHI RASHTRIYA EKTA AWARD’’ on 20.8.99 at Teen -Murti Auditorium by Sh.Arjun Singh,Sr. Congress Leader organised by All India National unity Conference; 5. “execllance in professional achievement award” on 13.04.2003 presented by dr. sunil dutt, eminent film star and mp organised by general mohyal sabha,Delhi alongwith top personalities; 6. “YUVA RATNA” Youth Vocational Excellence Award presented by SMT. SHARAN RANI, Legendary Sarod Maestro on 23.6.99 organised by the youth wing of ROTARY INTERNATIONAL THE DISTRICT ROTARACT ORGNISATION’s at IIC given to up-Coming youth personalities; 7. “NATIONAL CAPITAL REGION GREENING AWARD 1999” at mavalankar hall, new dlhi on 24.4.1999 organised by Indian Institute of Ecology Environment; 8. “INTERNATIONAL FELICITATION” at IIC Delhi “WORLD 2000 MILLENNIUM AWARD” on 29.12.99 by International Association of Educators For World Peace; 9. “MINISTRY OF HRD, DEPT. OF WOMEN AND CHILD WELFARE IN COLLABORATION WITH NEHRU BAL SAMITI in their first National Children Festival 97 honoured with memento at VIGYAN BHAVAN on 10.10.97 for winning FIRST prize in solo instrumental classical competition; 10. “BHARAT KA GAORAVSHALI BETA” padaks and citation presented by International Council for Human Welfare in their National Samaan on 27.12.98; 11. “BHARAT KA MAHAAN SPOOT” padaks and citation presented by International Council for Human Welfare in their National Samaan on 20.11.99; 12. “KALA SADHNA AWARD 99” FELICITATED BY MYSTIQUE ART ON 8.02. 1999 AT LTG AUDITORIUM AND PRESENTED BY SHRI SATISH BABBAR,GAZAL SAMRAT; 13. “BEST ENTRY AWARDED” FOR SOLO TABLA RECITAL ON 12. 03. 2003 AT SAPRU HOUSE, DELHI HONOURED BY RENOWNED NARENDRA SHARMA, THE EMINENT CHOREOGRAPHER ON 24.03.2003 AT SAPRU HOUSE, DELHI ORGANISED BY SAHITYA KALA PARISHAD (GOVT. OF DELHI) ON ITS 12th “YUVA MAHOTSASV ; 14. “Aadharshila Award” honoured by shri madhavrao scindhua on 20.2.1994 at aifacs auditorium organised by punervas hind weekly newspaper; 15. “RAJIV GANDHI YOUTH AWARD” 1997 presented by honourable former president of india on 20.8.1997 at iccr tagore hall instituted by nehru bal samiti (regd.) for participating in indo-russian cultural exchange programme in May-June ‘97’ at Moscow; 16. “SHOBHNA AWARD” on 6.07.1993 at AIFACS Auditorium honoured by sh. Amarjit singh kholi, chairman, shobhna kala sangam, delhi; 17. “IN INTERNATIONAL FELICITATION” at IIC Delhi on 23.12.1997 organised by Indian Institute of Ecology Environment Awarded and International Association of Educators For World Peace on their 6th world environment congress day; 18. “chalchitra award” honoured by film actress ms. reena roy on 29.12.1994 at talkatora indoor staium organised by rumil art group and sakha; 19. “BEST TABLA PLAYER AWARD 1999” AT CANADA ON 18.07.1999 ORGANISED BY SOCIETY OF INDIAN MUSIC LOVERS, CANADA 20. “FIRST POSITION” in D.A.V. Public School, Dayanand Vihar, Delhi Neelam Memorial inter school instrumental music competition held on 14.10.1998 sponsered by kulachi hansraj model school, ashok vihar, delhi; 21. “NATIONAL EXCELLENCE AWARD” BY NATIONAL AWARENESS FORUM ON 20.01.04 AT HOTEL LE MERIDIEN ON 55TH REPUBLIC DAY PRESENTED BY DR. BHISHMA NARAIN SINGH, FORMER GOVERNOR OF ORISSA AND UP AND DR. SATYANARAYAN REDDY FOR GOVERNOR OF TAMILNADU. 22. DELHI SANSKRIT ACADEMY (DELHI GOVT) FELICITATED ON 20.08.2005 AT FICCI AUDITORIUM. LABOUR COMMISSIONER SHRI NARINDER KUMAR PRESENTED THE AWARD OF HONOUR FOR HIS CONTRIBUTION IN THE FIELD OF EDUCATION AS A TABLA EXPONENT AND TEACHER. 23. “BHAGIRATHI SAMAAN” : PRESENTED BY MS. ANFISA ALI, CHAIRPERSON, NATIONAL CHILDREN SOCIETY AND FORMER MISS INDIA ON 19.10.2005 AT L.T.G AUDITORIUM FOR CONTRIBUTION IN THE FILED OF EDUCATION AS “BEST TEACHER AWARD” 2005.
24. "SUKRITI RASHTRIYA KALA AWARD-2007" a National Award for Music & National Integration given by Prof(Dr.) P.R Trivedi,President, World Institution Building pragramme on 30 August ,2007 at India International Centre, Delhi.Organised by Institute For Enviroment,Yoga & Social Security (IEYSS)
25."BHAGIRATHI SAMMAN -2007" Presented by Ms. Malti Verma,Nigam Parshad,MCD on 21st September,2007 at L.T.G auditorioum,Delhi.Organised by Bhagirathi Samajik Saanskritik Munch (Regd.) ,Delhi.
DEEPAK MEHTA HONOURED WITH NATIONAL “BAL SHRE” AWARD
1996 AT RASTRAPATI BHAWAN ON 15.11.1996
“NATIONAL EXCELLENCE AWARD” BY NATIONAL AWARENESS FORUM ON 20.01.04 AT HOTEL LE MERIDIEN ON 55TH REPUBLIC DAY PRESENTED BY DR. BHISHMA NARAIN SINGH, FORMER GOVERNOR OF ASSAM, MEGHALAYA AND TAMILNADU DR. SATYANARAYAN REDDY FOR GOVERNOR OF TAMILNADU
“SHRISHTI AWARD” BY G.T.B. TIMES, DELHI HONOURED BY DELHI CHIEF MINISTER SMT. SHEILA DIKSHIT AT HINDI BHAVAN ON 04.12.2004 ALONGWITH EMINENT PERSONALITIES OF DELHI WHERE DEEPAK ALSO PERFORMED SOLO TABLA RECITAL;
“Execllance in professional achievement award” on 13.04.2003 presented by dr. sunil dutt, eminent film star and mp organised by general mohyal sabha,Delhi alongwith top personalities;