Keshav (musician)

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Keshava Kaarthikeyan
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Background information
Born (2003-03-01) 1 March 2003 (age 14)
Chennai, Tamil Nadu
Origin India
Genres Hindustani classical music
Occupation(s) Tabla Prodigy
Instruments tabla
Years active 2010–present

Keshava Kaarthikeyan (born (2003-03-01)1 March 2003) is an Indian tabla player.[1] He is a prodigy and performed at the Delhi Commonwealth Games.[2]

Keshava performing at Commonwealth Games Opening Ceremony 2010

Early life[edit]

Keshava Kaarthikeyan was born in Chennai, India to Artist Gopika Dahanukar and Film maker Kaarthikeyan Kirubhakaran.[3] He is the grandson of painter, Prafulla Dahanukar.[4] He started learning tabla when he was two years old.


Keshava was spotted by Bharat Bala at an event, while he was conceiving Rhythms of India, the first Part of the Delhi Commonwealth Games opening ceremony in 2010. Since then he has performed extensively with his mother Gopika and raga guitarist Nadaka and is currently learning from Amit Kavtekar a student of Ustad Zakir Hussain. Keshava was also enrolled in the Pandit Shankar Ghosh Academy online and has also taken classes with Pt. Arup Chattopadhay and masterclasses with Ustad Zakir Hussain.