Taufiq Qureshi

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Taufiq Qureshi
Qureshi at Dumru The drum festival. In Dec, 2012.
Qureshi at Dumru The drum festival. In Dec, 2012.
Background information
Birth nameTaufiq Qureshi
Born1962 (age 61–62)
GenresIndian classical music, Fusion
Occupation(s)Tabla player in the family tradition:
Ustad Alla Rakha (father)
Zakir Hussain (brother)
Instrument(s)Djembe, Percussions, Vocal percussion
Years active1989 – present
WebsiteOfficial website

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

Early life[edit]

Born in Mumbai to the tabla player Alla Rakha. His eldest brother is also a tabla player, Zakir Hussain.[2][3] He received guidance from Ghatam Vidhwan, Pandit Vikku Vinayakram.


Qureshi started his career when he was still in his 20s. His stint with live performances began with the creation of his own world music band, ‘Surya’, way back in 1986-87.[2] He has been featured as a performing artiste on the 2009 Grammy Award-winning album Global Drum Project, Remember Shakti, Masters of Percussion and Summit. He collaborates with various classical artists for fusion concerts.[2]

A dedicated self-learner, Qureshi soon discovered his greatest asset; ‘a feel for the world of sound with all its 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, TV serials, ad-jingles, albums, etc.).[2]

He plays a variety of percussion instruments like djembe, duff, bongos, and batajon. He is the first artist to have developed a unique rhythmic language to adapt the tabla syllables on the African drum called Djembe.[2]

Qureshi’s trademark style incorporates body and vocal percussions to create unique rhythmic motifs spanning across cultures.[2]

Recently Qureshi has been honored by Sandeep Marwah with the life membership of the International Film And Television Club of Asian Academy of Film & Television at Marwah Studio, Noida Film City. He has been teaching students for over a decade.

Awards and recognition[edit]

  • Gold at the Cannes film festival (2010–11) for Best Music for the Indian Railways jingle.
  • Gold at the London International Awards - Las Vegas (Nov 2013) for Original Music for the Nike jingle - Parallel Journey.


He has also been a part of background score and contributed music for movies like Damini, Train To Pakistan, Ghatak, Agnivarsha, Asoka, 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 a judge on Zee Marathi's Sa Re Ga Ma Pa.

Personal life[edit]

Qureshi is married to Geetika Varde, a vocalist of the Jaipur-Atrauli gharana. He has one son, Shikhar Naad Qureshi, who studied at St. Xavier's College, Mumbai.[4] Shikhar is also a rhythm player. He performs on stage as well.[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)[4]
  • TaDhaa- An Expression Of High Energy (2011)
  • The Oath Of Vaayuputras (2013)
  • Aami [2018] Malayalam film


  1. ^ "Taufiq Qureshi launches Swaraaj by Tatva". screenindia.com website. Archived from the original on 9 September 2012. Retrieved 3 January 2022.
  2. ^ a b c d e f "Profile of Taufiq Qureshi". VISTA Entertainments website. 16 January 2010. Retrieved 3 January 2022.
  3. ^ "Carnegie Hall's tribute to Ustad Vilayat Khan". Rediff.com website.
  4. ^ a b "Music Today launches Rooh". oneindia entertainment website. Archived from the original on 10 July 2012. Retrieved 3 January 2022.
  5. ^ Hussain, Zakir (2018). Zakir Hussain : a life in music. Kabir, Nasreen Munni. Noida, Uttar Pradesh, India. ISBN 9789352770496. OCLC 1021880009.{{cite book}}: CS1 maint: location missing publisher (link)

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