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The Mesmerising Rhythm of Magical Hands: Truptraj Pandya, The Youngest Tabla Player

Talent is an inborn ability. A person becomes a genius in the respective field when his ability is realised and given the necessary encouragement to reach his full potential. At a very young age, Truptraj was interested in percussion instruments, starting with aluminium stencils and then progressing to the tabla. His parents encouraged him in it.  This Indian tabla player holds the record for being the youngest performer ever, per Guinness World Records.

Truptraj Atul Pandya is a famous Indian tabla player & percussionist. He was born on 23 October 2006. His father, Atul Pandya, is a tax consultant, and his mother, Veena Pandya, is a housewife. Truptraj Pandya lives in Mumbai, Maharashtra.

With a sense of rhythm

When Truptraj Pandya’s grandmother recited devotional songs, he would sit beside her and play aluminium dubbas as an instrument. This talented young tabla player had his stage debut at the age of two at Somaiya College in Mumbai. When he was three years old, he performed live on All India Radio and performed live for Doordarshan when he was four.  The Guinness Book of World Records awarded him a certificate as the youngest master of tabla when he was six years old.

His mentors

Truptraj Pandya developed his abilities with the assistance of Ustad Zakir Hussain’s disciple Dhyaneshwar Poppalghat. He is currently receiving advanced training from Pandit Nayan Ghosh. The renowned Ustad Iqbal Ahmed Khan and Pandit Hari Prasad Chouarsiya have also blessed him. He receives constant love and support from his parents, friends and teachers. Truptraj’s musical performance is an important part of his school functions.

Captain of the school basketball team

For four years, Truptraj Pandya captained the school’s basketball squad. He manages his academic career and musical career effectively. Truptraj Pandya enjoys reading books on history. This young prodigy excels in all facets of life, including his academic pursuits, creative pursuits, and athletic prowess.

TEDx Speaker

He spoke about his enthusiasm for playing the tabla and his love of music at the TEDx Hinduja and TEDx Bandra conferences in Mumbai. Truptraj has presented more than two hundred public programs. He has also been invited as a guest of honour at important gatherings like seminars, stage performances, and the Mind Mingle Inspirational Festival.

BYJU’S young genius

Young prodigies from all around India who have the potential to become the country’s future geniuses are being sought after by the team behind BYJU’S Young Genius. Truptraj Pandya was featured in the ninth episode of BYJU’S Young Genius at the age of thirteen.


He already holds a significant number of records and honours. He received the Global Child Prodigy Award and the Akashvani Balakala Ratna Award. On January 22, 2019, the President presented Bal Shakti Puraskar to Truptraj Pandya in the Darbar Hall of the Rashtrapati Bhavan.

Truptraj Pandya started playing the tabla when he was just 15 months old. Truptraj became the youngest tabla master in the world because of his innate fascination with percussion instruments. By the age of 15, the young tabla master had given more than 200 public performances. He never compromises during training sessions. With the intense support from his parents and assistance from his mentors, he creates miracles with his own hands.

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