Dalbir Singh Rattan

Mastered: Tabla playing
Location: Sandwell

Dal has lived and work in the Black Country for the last 15 years. A virtuoso Tabla player, he has dedicated his life to the honing and mastery of his skill.

A student of the legendary Tabla player Ustad Sukhvinder Singh Bharj aka 'Pinky', he received rigorous training in Indian Classical Music from a young age. Dal’s own unique style of playing combines this classical form with contemporary experiences drawn from a career of ambitious and innovative collaborations.

He is regarded as one of the most respected players from the UK. In 2001, he met former Stone Roses guitarist Aziz Ibrahim. They became AZIZ & DAL. Powerful & electrifying, together they fearlessly forged a new genre of British music – The Asian Blues.

He has toured the world with great artists (Ian Brown, Richard Ashcroft, Ocean Colour Scene, Noel Gallagher) but when he’s not doing this, back home in the Black Country, he has dedicated the other half of his career to the education of Tabla and drum students in Sandwell. Through Sandwell Music and independent tutelage, he is a highly regarded and popular music teacher.

He does a tabla class comprising of Dhol drumming and tabla playing at Smethwick Library every Monday 7-9pm. He has taught thousands of students, inspiring and igniting young mind and his enthusiasm, love and passion for music is infectious.

A generous, inspirational and encouraging teacher, Dal motivates and helps students pursue their goals, whether that be music or any other career. Instilling the belief in students that whatever you do, do it with your whole heart and passion.

Their latest project Purvai in Scotland is making inroads to make Gaelic singing and Indian classical traditions mix with ease.

See Dalbir perform here...