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July 5, 2013

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July 4, 2013

Great opportunity to learn from Vishal Nagar in the San Francisco Bay Area!

We are very excited to announce Tabla classes are now being offered by accomplished Table maestro Vishal Nagar in the Bay Area!  This is an amazing opportunity to study with a dedicated and passionate teacher in the Bay Area.  Classes are currently being offered in Berkeley, San Mateo, and Fremont.  Additional locations coming soon, so please stay tuned! 

April 2, 2012
Pacifictabla is back!  Now in the San Francisco Bay Area

Pacifictabla is excited to be in the Bay Area as an organization dedicated to propagating Tabla in both traditional and contemporary setting

September 20, 2008
Vishal Nagar back in Seattle

It has certainly been a long time since a website update!

Vishal Nagar is back in Seattle as of Sept. 19, 2008, and will be in Seattle available to perform and teach until the end of November. Please contact the site by using the link on the left if you would like more information.

September 27, 2005
SAMA! hits Seattle once again on Friday Oct. 14, 2005

SAMA is the collaboration of Tabla virtuoso Vishal Nagar and Drummer/Percussionist Larry Mahlis and features modern global grooves supporting ancient melodies from the rich musical legacies of India and Greece, along with the blazing drum "Language" of the tabla, brought to life on tabla and drumset. This is a unique concept featuring noted, world class musicians:

Pt. Ramesh Misra (Sarangi)
Vishal Nagar (Tabla/percussion)
Leftheri (Larry) Mahlis (Drums/toumbek)
Dimitri Mahlis (Oud/guitar)

When: Friday, October 14, @ 8:00 pm
Where: The L.A.B. at The Seattle Drum School, 12510 15 Ave. NE, Seattle, WA
(The LAB or "Little Auditorium in Back" is an intimate 125 seat acoustically engineered facility with superb acoustics and intimate ambience.)

Tickets: Advance $20, at the door $25
To purchase advance tickets with credit card please call: Kaley Gamble at the Seattle Drum School,
Monday - Friday from 1:00 to 7:00 pm (206) 364-8815

For more details and directions:

September 27, 2005
Shujaat Khan and Vishal Nagar on Vashon Island Friday, Oct, 7!

Shujaat Khan is returning to Vashon Island for an encore performance with Vishal Nagar. Their performance of two years ago electrified Vashon when they played at David Smith's Javanese hall. This year the show is to be held on Friday, October 7th at 8:00 at the Vashon High School Theater.

Tickets may be reserved by phoning Bill Moyer (206) 463-4784 or sending a check to:
Bill Moyer
P.O. Box 278
Vashon, WA 98070

Directions From Seattle:
Take the ferry from West Seattle (Fauntleroy). Get off ferry and drive South on Vashon Hwy. Drive through two blinking red lights (stop first!), at third blinking light turn left on 204th St. Travel .1 mi and turn left into parking lot. Theatre is in Main building (A) straight ahead.
Here is a map, and here is the campus map.

August 18, 2005
Sarod great Alam Khan on Vashon Island August 21, 2005
Alam Photo
A Peek into the Future of Indian Classical Music
Sunday, August 21st, 3-5 PM
at David Smith’s infamous “Javanese Hall”
Tickets available at Vashon Island Music &
Books By The Way
Admission: $20

This year’s instrumentalist is sarodist Alam Khan, son of the renowned emissary of Indian Classical music Ali Akbar Khan.  Khansahib, as Ali Akbar Khan is called by his students and friends, traces his musical lineage to Mian Tansen, the great 16th-century court musician of the Moghul emperor Akbar. Alam’s grandfather, Baba Allauddin Khan, was an iconic figure who created the first written notation of Indian music. One of Alam’s father’s legacies is having helped popularize Indian classical music outside of India. Along with sitarist Ravi Shankar (a student of his father), it was Ali Akbar Khan who introduced Americans to Indian ragas and scales. He first performed in the United States in 1955. The late Yehudi Menuhin once called Ali Akbar Khan "the greatest musician in the world.

Like Vishal, who first performed on Vashon in his early twenties, Alam is merely twenty-three.  Unlike Vishal, who grew up in a musical family in New Delhi insulated from western influences, Alam has grown up surrounded by American music and at eleven was learning Jimmy Hendrix tunes from his father’s other students and has since delved into hiphop, jazz and funk.  For the last seven years Alam has been touring the world with his father accompanying him and honing his skills as a classical soloist.

Vishal, who every year comes more fully into his mastery, will hold nothing back and surely Alam will respond with musical ferocity that reflects his rich musical inheritance.  Their youthful energy and the fruits of their dedication will be a treat for all who attend.  Don’t miss this peek into the future of Indian Classical music, provided by two musicians whose virtuosity is an expression of their links with the past.

Call if you have any questions.   I hope you can make it. For information on tickets, please contact us.

Bill Moyer

July 13, 2005
Sitar great Pundit Debi Prasad Chatterjee plays Seattle on July 23rd, 2005

An exciting sitar concert is happening on July 23rd at the U of W's Brechemin Auditorium. Sitar great Pundit Debi Chatterjee will be accompanied by Vishal Nagar on tabla.

PUNDIT DEBI PRASAD CHATTERJEE is a distinguished name among the musicians of India as an outstanding Sitarist as well as a highly regarded teacher of Indian classical music. He has taken Sitar as his life's only mission and has been amply rewarded for his high tenacious devotion. Born in Calcutta in a family with cultural and musical background he was been guided and learnt Sitar from his elder brother Pt. Biswanath Chatterjee, later on from Pt. Aparesh Chatterjee, another noted Sitar exponent. Since 1965 he has received an extensive training from the famous artist Late Pandit Nikhil Banerjee for 20 years. He has also received an extensive training from Smt. Annapurna Devi - a great Musician of her own. After the death of Pandit Banerjee, in early 1986, he became the disciple of World Famous Maestro the living Legend 'Swara Samrat' Ustad Ali Akbar Khan and tied 'Gaanda' with him.

He has developed a distinctive and unique style of his own by receiving extensive training (Talim) from various Maestros. His control over the Ragas with systematic exploration has placed him among the Instrumentalists of the country. He won 'President's Award' in 1962. In 1966 he was also a National Scholar in music. Since long he has been performing in major Music Conferences all over India where he has been honored with various titles and awards including his performance at various prestigious programmes arranged by All India Radio and Doordarshan (TV) such as Radio Sangit Sammelan and National Programme of Music

VISHAL NAGAR teaches and performs in Seattle in the summer and lives in New Delhi the rest of the year. He performs throughout India, the United States and Europe, performing with such notable artists as Shujaat Khan and Pandit Ramesh Mishra. His bio can be read here.

June 13, 2005
Vishal arrives to teach lessons in Seattle

Hi everyone. Vishal Nagar is arriving today to spend the summer teaching tabla in Seattle. If you are a current student, information on lessons will be emailed to you. If you are not a student and would like to know more about studying tabla in the tradition of the Delhi gharana, please contact us.

Of course Vishal will also be performing this summer, and we will keep you informed of his performances as we get details. There is a sitar performance being planned for July 23rd with Vishal accompanying sitar player Pt. Debi Prasad Chatterjee

February 18, 2005
Upcoming concert-ATMIC vision

ATMIC vision, a trio featuring Annada (Butto) Prasanna Pattannaik (bansuri), Paul Ehard (double bass) and Muthu Kumar Varadarajan (tabla), will be performing in the Seattle area on March 12th. The concert is being held at the Music Center of the Northwest at N 96th and N Linden Ave. Tickets are $15 for adults and $10 for students and seniors. See the flyer for more information (requires MS Word).

February 8, 2005
Jason Fellin Moves to Boulder, CO

Jason has moved from Seattle to Boulder, CO. He has a new website devoted to tabla in the Boulder/Denver area.

Check it out at

Have no fear, Jason will be back in Seattle this summer to study with Vishal. Until then he wishes everyone in Seattle the best! Good luck in Boulder Jason!

February 5, 2005
New look for!!

Hi Everybody. We are currently making some changes to our site but will be coming back soon with new content once with have made the look of the site consistent. Look for changes very soon!

July 7, 2004
Vishal to give solo performance July 24th!


Vishal Nagar will be giving a solo performance at Brechemin auditorium (music building on University of Washington campus) on July 24th, 2004 at 7:00 pm. This is rare oppportunity in Seattle to see Vishal perform a classical tabla solo, so be sure not to miss out! For more details visit the performances section of the site. The concert is a joint production of Pratidhwani in cooperation with: Ragamala, Leela Kathak and of course yours truly,,

June 5, 2004
Chandra Chakraborty and Vishal Nagar perform at SAAM

Tonight vocalist Chandra Chakrobarty performed at the Stimson auditorium of the Seattle Asian Art Museum, accompanied by Vishal Nagar on tabla and Rahul Deshpande on harmonium. The show was a big success, and by the end the crowd was calling out for more.

Chandra Chakraborty is the principal vocal teacher of the Federation of Patidar Association in Wembley, England. She has performed worldwide in Ireland, India and South Africa. At the SAAM on Saturday she gave a demonstration of her beautiful voice and the breadth of her knowledge.

Chandra presented a variety of Raags, including Bihag, Durga and Maru Bihag. She sang a Benares Thumri, and popular Bhajins such as Paya. Before singing the popular ghazal "Ranjish Hi Sahi", Chandra (a Bengali) apologized in advance for her weakness in Urdu. It didn't seem to matter however and the ghazal was a big hit with the crowd. Chandra gave Vishal ample room to play, and he performed several improvisations that drew healthy applause from an appreciative audience. Rahul Deshpande was excellent as always on the harmomium.

May 17, 2004
Vishal arrives in Seattle for Summer 2004

Summer's here and the time is right for -- TABLA! Vishal Nagar will be arriving in Seattle on May 24th and will be staying for the summer. He will be available for lessons shortly thereafter (interested?) and will also be performing at Northwest Folklife on May 29th, accompanying his mother Urmila Nagar in a performance of Kathak dance. For more details go here.

Keep your eye on pacifictabla for lots of musical events happening this summer, including of course the tabla camp that will be happening later in the summer. There will be more details on the Tabla camp page later on concerning exact dates and signup information.

December 28th, 2003

Added photos from this past summer's tabla camp with Vishal on Vashon Island. Have a look.

September 20th, 2003
Seattle Tabla Student Recital Summer 2003

The first tabla recital to hit Seattle in five years was a resounding success!

Ten of Vishal Nagar's students graced the stage at the Seattle's University of Washington's Brechemin Auditorium for a night of dazzling tabla heroics. There was everything from a padhant skit performed by six of the students to a South Indian/North Indian fusion piece to a dramatic cohesive conclusion. The audience was on the edge of their seats in an apparent display of anticipation for next year's recital. Of course the folks at Pacific Tabla will not disappoint. Stay tuned for next summer's tabla extravaganza!

Vishal and Students

Video of the recital in Windows Media format

David Pehrson
Larry Mahlis
Blair Miller
Tom Fallat
Anna Rose Warren
John Abrahams
Chris and James
Brian Green
Jason Fellin
Jason and Yaffa Truelove

August 16, 2003
Shujaat Khan and Vishal Nagar Electrify Vashon Island

Think a little power failure can stop a world-class sitar player! Think again!

Unfortunately the August 15th performance at the Seattle Art Museum was cancelled due to Shujaat bhai not being able to leave New York in time due to the great blackout of 2003.  However, Shujaat still was able to make it for the Vashon Island (a 10 minute ferry ride from Seattle) performance the next day, accompanied by Vishal Nagar on Tabla.

Shujaat bhai started off by informing the crowd that he had never played with Vishal before, despite knowing him well from living in Delhi.  He then announced that the raag he was opening with (Gavti) he had never played in performance.  The opening raag was beautiful, with Shujaat bhai allowing his playful side to come through in the alaap. The taal was tintal, which developed into a fever pitch by the end of the raag. Next was the raag Sampurna Malkauns, with Tabla accompaniment also in tintal.

Shujaat bhai finished with a Punjabi folk song, playing and singing the plaintive lyrics about a woman who pines for a child. The crowd responded with a standing ovation after Shujaat bhai and Vishal finished their performance. It'll be great to see these two play in Seattle again.

Video of the performance in Windows Media format
Folk Song
Shujaat Alaap
Shujaat Alaap 2nd
Vishal Solo
Raag Finale

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