Grandma's Tales

October 17, 2006

Boy wonder

Filed under: Society — Geeta Padmanabhan @ 10:07 pm

This mail came from the US routed through a couple of people. It’s an amazing story, one that’s truly heart-warming. Do enjoy the YouTube clippings that follow the message.

Dearest family and friends,
As many of you might know, our son Aditya (now 2.5 years old) has taken a liking to playing tabla since age 2. The highlight of his life (and ours) to date took place in July when he had the privilege of performing for Pandit Jasraj, who received his performance with great love and encouragement. We’re not sure where he gets this from, but under the guidance of his grandfather and his uncle Shivraj, he’s managing to play several taals on the tabla.

We’ve uploaded about 8 clips to YouTube to make it easy for family and friends to share in our discovery and joy.

Please check out the links below and feel free to share them with anyone who would enjoy them.

First a disclaimer: I’ve used the phrase “child prodigy” in the description for these clips, with hesitation and humility. However, given that Aditya is a 2.5-year-old playing tabla, the phrase may be merely technically accurate.

(Please refer to the wikipedia for an interesting diversion – link

We just returned from India with a new tabla for Aditya and are in the process of finding him a teacher. We are grateful for your ashirwaad and encouragement as Aditya continues to explore music. If you have any guidance for us in this unusual situation,
please do share it with us!

8 links to YouTube are below.
Best wishes,
Tej (Kaustubh) and Aishwarya

teentaal, including madhuban mein radhika naachen
Roopak – tere mere milan ki
Sitarkhani – Lagi Lagan with Falu and Aditya Phatak
Khalbali with tabla
Baoji Maine – Aditya Phatak accompanies Falu
taal kerva – o duniya ke rakhwale
ektaal and tabla sounds
jo bhaje hari ko sada – bhajni/teentaal



  1. Just saw his video. Just great!! In real terms wah ustad. Would like to get in touch with aditya phatak as I personally play the Tabla. If any one can even provide me with his contact details mail me at
    Awaiting a positive respone without oretting adi- a hidden talent!
    – abhijeet pant

    Comment by Abhijeet Pant — February 17, 2007 @ 11:53 pm | Reply

  2. I’ll put up your request on a post, Abhijeet. that might help.

    Comment by Geeta Padmanabhan — February 18, 2007 @ 9:34 am | Reply

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