Pt. Sadanand Naimpalli
BIODATA Pt. Sadanand Naimpalli 2 Sep 1996 (An Engineer by training, a musician by choice.) Born in a family of music-lovers, Sadanand Naimpalli was motivated to take up some form of music expression. Gifted as he was, with an uncanny sense of rhythm, it was only natural that he should take up to a percussion instrument viz.: "Tabla". He found an ideal preceptor Pandit Taranathji who lent free rein to the young boy's inherent capabilities. It was not long before Sadanand blossomed into an accomplished Tabla player and was rightly hailed as a "Child Prodigy". He won the President's award for standing first at the All India Radio Competitions held on a National scale in 1963, when barely sixteen years old. Sadanand not only won fresh laurels at various music competitions but also began participating in various music conferences alongside recognized stalwarts. Sadanand's first visit abroad came at the tender age of seventeen years, when having been adjudged the most accomplished young Tabla player at the Inter University Youth Festival, he was selected by the Indian Government and UNESCO to tour Europe. Thereafter, he has had many more tours to the United States of America, Europe and the Middle East. Sadanand is a First Class Distinction Holder in the Bachelor of Engineering (Metallurgy) Degree examinations and has successfully run his own engineering enterprise, manufacturing high quality Non- Ferrous Castings, before reverting his energies to his first love "Tabla". Having taken up Tabla after a lapse of almost twenty years, Sadanand, a "Born-again" Tabla player has carved a special position in the Pantheon of prominent Tabla players with his assiduous "Riyaz" and foremost of all, the blessings of his mentor, Pandit Taranath. Sadanand has accompanied a number of top musicians in their live concerts and also cassettes and long playing record albums. He has been a regular performer at all the premier music conferences all over India. An 'A' Graded Artist of All India Radio(Akashvani) and TV(Doordarshan), Sadanand's Tabla solos on A.I.R. are eagerly awaited & listened to by an ever growing fan following. As a soloist, Sadanand has very few equals. It is a scintillating experience for the listener to hear Tabla bols cascading from his deft fingers with crystal clarity and precision. Sadanand has numerous compositions to his credit. In addition to these, he has to-date composed four new Taals viz.:- Shani Taal of 7.5 beats; Nand Taal of 8.5 beats; Arpan Taal of 9.5 beats and Ada Shut Taal of 10.5 beats; proof indeed - if it was ever in doubt - of the profundity of his knowledge and complete mastery over the medium. What the Press Says ------------------- The Tabla accompaniment by Sadanand Naimpalli blended itself with the graces of the Ustad's playing. Naimpalli has developed his craft to a polish where, for instance, you pick up the clarity of the na-dhin-dhin-dha and also hear the incessant ring behind the measured beats in a sustained tempo. A Truly mesmerizing atmosphere of sound can thus be created by Sitar and Tabla. This was one of the most satisfying concerts - rich form, rich melody and the ardor of both musicians was amply evident. Sunday Observer, 23 December, 1990. Sadanand Naimpalli, a senior Shishya of Taranathji, who turned his energies from engineering to professional Tabla-playing, presented a self composed 9.5 beat cycle called "Arpan Taal", offering it to his mentor as a token of his respect and gratitude. Naimpalli possesses a very crisp and clear hand. His half hour recital included Kayadas, Tukdas and various compositions. It reflected restlessness of spirit, dexterity of hand, a mathematically precise approach, artistic endurance, appealing and captivating the masses instantaneously. Indian Express, 28th Feb.,1990. Judging from the mood of the audience, perhaps, the artist handed over the reins to ace Tabla accompanist Sadanand Naimpalli. Never to miss such a chance, Sadanand gave an exhilarating display of his mastery over the medium. Times of India, 18th Sep.,1990. Sadanand Naimpalli then stepped into the lime-light to present a Tabla Solo in "Yog-Taal", a rare creation of the legendary Khuprumama Parvatkar in the beat cycle of 15.5 matras. The Yog Taal which is tantalizingly half a beat within the orbit of the familiar Teen Taal of 16 matras was a challenging feat of mathematical precision which Sadanand tackled with the aplomb of a skilled engineer that he is by discipline. He unleashed a series of intricate patterns - peshkaar, qaidas, gats, parans and so on. Sadanand who commenced his career with the "Tabla" as a child prodigy, still retains much of his prodigious skill. Indian Express, 18th Dec., 1990. Sadanand Naimpalli on the Tabla is definitely taking big strides towards a mature and understanding accompaniment with his soft yet powerful playing. Indian Express. The most exciting part of the demonstration was the presentation of a Tabla solo by Sadanand Naimpalli, the young, brilliant percussionist to the accompaniment of electronic "lehra" strains. Economic Times. His accompanist Sadanand Naimpalli, known in music circles for his wizardry on the percussion instrument. Gulf News, 7th May, 1998. Special mention must be made of the excellent Sangat given by Sadanand Naimpalli who showed unusual finesse in his mature and dignified tabla accompaniment. Blitz Weekly, May 1985. Tabla accompanist Sadanand Naimpalli was seen to be savoring the music and the accompaniment that emerged out of his total involvement was indeed excellent. Because of this, the main artist's performance was elevated. Translated from Marathi Lokasatta, July 1986. Sadanand Naimpalli commenced his Tabla Solo with a short self structured 7.5 matra taal which he called experimental or even a cross-word puzzle and was marked for its flamboyance. The Teen Taal was more on the traditional lines. Naimpalli brought out the real nuances of the compositions. Indian Express, April 1988. Sadanand Naimpalli, the Tabla artist is also reputed to be a man with a magic touch, capable of delighting his audiences. Khaleej Times, May 1988.
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