Taufiq Qureshi

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Taufiq Qureshi
Birth name Taufiq Qureshi
Born 1962 (age 51–52)
Genres Indian classical music, Fusion
Instruments Djembe, Percussions
Years active 1989;present
Website Official website

Taufiq Qureshi (born 1962) is an Indian classical musician. He is a percussionist and a composer.[1]

Early life[edit]

Born in Mumbai, to legendary tabla player, Ustad Alla Rakha. His eldest brother is tabla player, Ustad Zakir Hussain.[2] He received guidance from Ghatam Vidhwan, Pandit Vikku Vinayakram.


Taufiq Quereshi started his career early. His stint with live performances began with the creation of his own world music band, ‘Surya’ way back in 1986-87.[3] He has been featured as a performing artiste on the 2009- Grammy award winning album Global Drum Project, Remember Shakti, Masters of Percussions and Summit. He collaborates with various classical artists for fusion concerts.

A dedicated self-learner, Taufiq soon discovered his greatest asset; ‘a feel for the world of sound with all it’s intricate nuances’. This quality makes him one of the most sought after rhythm-programmers, arranger-composers and percussionists in the world of studio recordings (film background scores, T.V. serials, ad-jingles, albums, etc.).

He plays a variety of percussion instruments like djembe, duff, bongos, batajon. His performance on drums with a soft beat of a muffled drum and the very next moment ups the tempo and demonstration of different sounds - like breath, rhythm, breaking a champagne bottle, the sound of the train and the arrival of people, horses and others on arrival at the palace on the drums are quite popular.[4]

Taufiq has done pioneering work on the African drum- Djembe. He is the first artiste to have developed a unique rhythmic language to adapt the Tabla syllables on the Djembe.

Taufiq’s trademark style incorporates body and vocal percussions to create unique rhythmic motifs spanning across cultures. His sense of tone and command over a wide variety of percussion instruments (like: djembe, duff, bongos, batajon, etc.) is phenomenal. For over a decade, he has been imparting training to deserving students, some of whom are now making their mark.

'ADVERTISEMENT JINGLES' He has been a composer/co-composer/percussionist for jingles. Some of the popular ones are: Manikchand Paan Masala-Unche Log unchi Pasand (2001), Babool toothpaste, Taj Mahal Brookebond Tea-Wah Taj, Tanishq Jewelry, Britannia GoodDay Biscuits, Coke-Sar Utha Ke Jiyo, Paragon footwear, Sony Bravia, Hit Spray, Pepsi-Indian Cricket team/ World Cup, Indian Railways, Nike shoes-Parallel Journey

AWARDS: GOLD at the CANNES FILM FESTIVAL (2010–11) for Best Music for the INDIAN RAILWAYS JINGLE. GOLD at the LONDON INTERNATIONAL AWARDS -LasVegas (Nov 2013) for Original Music for the NIKE JINGLE- Parallel Journey


He also been a part of background score and music for movies like Damini, Train To Pakistan, Ghatak, Agnivarsha, Ashoka, Mission Kashmir, Black, Dil Chahta Hai, Devdaas Sawariya, Dhoom 2, Bhool Bhulaiya, Parzania (2007), Tere Naam (2008), Jab We Met (2010–11), Action Replay (2010–11), Housefull 2(2011), Tez (2012), ABCD (AnyBody Can Dance)(2013), Bhaag Milkha Bhaag (2013). Fluent in Marathi, Taufiq has been judge on Zee Marathi, Sa Re Ga Ma Pa Marathi version.

Personal life[edit]

Taufiq Qureshi is married to Geetika Varde, a renowned vocalist of the Jaipur-Atrauli gharana. He has one son, Shikhar Naad Qureshi, who currently studies at St. Xavier's College, Mumbai.[5]


  • Rhydhun (2000)
  • Swar Utsav - Streams In Confluence (2001)
  • Rhydhun Gold (2002)
  • Mondo Beat - Masters of Percussion
  • India The Greatest Songs Ever
  • Taalisma (2002)
  • Colours of Rajasthan (1995)
  • PercJam (2003)
  • Bombay Fever (2006)
  • Mystic Soundscapes - Forest (2007)
  • Rooh - Songs From The Heart (2007)
  • TaDhaa- An Expression Of High Energy (2011)
  • The Oath Of Vaayuputras (2013)


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