UCLA International Institute
Asia Institute

Advancing collaborative, interdisciplinary research on Asia worldwide

Abhiman Kaushal
Assistant Adjunct Professor, Department of Ethnomusicology
Department: Ethnomusicology
Department of Ethnomusicology
Address2: 2539 Schoenberg Music Building
Los Angeles, CA 90095-1657
Campus Mail Code: 165706
Phone: 310-206-3033
Fax: 310-206-4738
Email: akaushal@ucla.edu
Website
Keywords: South Asia, Music

Abhiman Kaushal is an outstanding tabla artist who is well known for his rich tone and clarity in performance. He belongs to the Farukkabad, Lucknow and Ajrara schools of tabla. Kaushal was initiated in this art at a young age by his father, Shri R. B. Kaushal, who was a disciple of the legendary Ustad Amir Hussain Khan. Living in the city of Hyderabad, India, Kaushal took further training under Ustad Sheikh Dawood and Pandit B. Nandkumar.

Kaushal has appeared at major international venues in England, Germany,
Italy, Norway, Belgium, France, Israel, Japan, Mexico, United States, and
India. His performances have been with leading musicians such as Pt. Ravi
Shankar, Ustad Zakir Hussain, Pt. Hari Prasad Chaurasia, Pt. Jasraj, Ustad
Shuaat Hussain, and Smt. Lakshmi Shankar.

Kaushal has numerous recordings including Ravi Shankar in Venice, Farewell My Friend (with Ravi Shankar), and Passages (with Ravi Shankar and Philip Glass). National Geographic has recorded his tabla for the soundtrack to their documentary "Man" Eaters of North India, Kaushal has also recorded for various world music compilations.