Rishii is a British born musician who brings a fresh, energetic and exciting approach to playing the tabla. He is a ‘rising star’ in the World of Indian Classical music and has been labelled as an ‘Overseas Youth Icon’ by the Eastern Beats Music Society, Assam, India. It is Rishii’s dedication to the art of tabla that has led him to learn from the World’s greatest tabla maestro’s Ustad Zakir Hussain and Pandit Anindo Chatterjee. Rishii has also received guidance from Suphala Patankar, disciple of the late tabla master Ustad Allarakha.
As well as being deeply rooted in the Indian classical tradition, Rishii has been involved in many stimulating collaborative world music, dance and visual arts projects working with tap dance, ballet, martial arts, contemporary dance, Birdsong, digital arts, Western classical, Persian classical, Drum n bass, jazz, electronic, spoken word, reggae, electro rock, pop, dubstep genres and theatre productions.
In 2014 Rishii produced his first show ‘Melodies on the Brink’ with support from the Arts Council, England which commemorated the First World War to a sell-out audience at Embrace Arts, Leicester. The success of the show was down to Rishii’s innate gift of bringing artists together and inspiring them to flourish.
Rishii also has a commitment and passion to developing the next generation of tabla players through his YoTabla Academy. He has gained a reputation as an individual with “empowering qualities”. In November 2015 working in collaboration with Leicester kathak dancer Aarti Lodhia they produced ‘Antara’ which was a student showcase of their tabla and dance students. This was the first time that Leicester had seen young Indian classical musicians and dancers come together and perform live.
Rishii is an ambassador for Indian music having lectured and delivered workshops at places such as the Cultural Integration Fellowship in San Francisco, California, Attenborough Arts Centre Leicester, Heartlands Hospital Birmingham and Liverpool World Museum.
Rishii completed a leadership programme with Performing Arts Leicester (PAL) in 2013. Rishii has made a mark in the industry, not only as an exciting artist but also as an arts entrepreneur.