Viram Jasani

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Viram Jasani
Birth nameViram Jasani
Nairobi, Kenya
GenresIndian classical music
Occupation(s)Musician, composer
InstrumentsTabla, sitar
Years active1963–present
LabelsLimelight Records, Saydisc
Associated actsGurdev Singh, Ustad Latif Ahmed Khan

Viram Jasani (born 1945) is a Kenyan-born Indian sitar and tabla composer and musician. He is best known for playing tabla drums on the song "Black Mountain Side" from Led Zeppelin's 1969 debut album.[1] He was awarded an honorary degree from the University of York in March 2007.


  • 1972: Ragas: Streams of Light (with Mrinal Sen Gupta, Lateef Ahmed Khan & Surendra Kamat)
  • 1995: Rags, Malkauns and Megh (with Gurdev Singh & Ustad Latif Ahmed Khan)

Notable sessions[edit]

  • 1968: soundtrack (Boom!) by John Barry
  • 1969: "Black Mountain Side" (Led Zeppelin)
  • 1971: soundtrack (The Trojan Women) by Mikis Theodorakis
  • 1972: Dream Sequence by Cosmic Eye
  • 1973: "Emperor Nero" (The Height Below) by John Williams
  • 2008: Etudes/Radha Krishna by John Mayer [recorded 1971]


  1. ^ Fast, Susan (2001). In the Houses of the Holy: Led Zeppelin and the Power of Rock Music. New York, NY: Oxford University Press. p. 75. ISBN 0-19-511756-5.

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