November/December  2006





Nov / Dec Contents 

 Real Issues
 Pakistan earthquake -
 a year later


 Saving Kos Minars

 Bodh - four 8000m
 peaks climbed

 Treasures of the
 Thunder Dragon

 Deepak Mehta
 - a legend at 24

 Usha Uthup - still
 rocking at 58


 the craft shop

 the print gallery

 the art gallery


 Between Heaven and Hell

  Silk Road on Wheels

 The Road to Freedom

Enduring Spirit

 Parsis-Zoroastrians of

The Moonlight Garden

Contemporary Art in








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- a legend at 24

A brilliant tabla virtuoso from the Delhi Gharana the 24-year-old Deepak Mehta does not belong to a family of musicians. His talent was spotted by his class teacher at the age of six. Starting with playing bongo, Deepak moved on to conga, and finally to the more demanding discipline of tabla on the advice of Ustad Amjad Ali Khan, the sarod legend, in 1991.

Deepak became the disciple of world renowned Gurus Late Ustad Chhamma Khan of Delhi Gharana followed by his son Padamshree Late Ustad Shafaat Ahmed Khan - captivating audiences by his performances at home and abroad.

Deepak Mehta receiving the National 'Bal Shree' Award from the President of India Late Dr. Shankar Dayal Sharma.

It was no surprise that at the age of 14, because of his sheer virtuosity and rhythmic melody and creativity on tabla, Deepak won the highest award for teenagers, the National "BAL SHREE" Award in 1996 presented by the President of India Late Dr. Shanker Dayal Sharma. Deepak is looked upon by many as a tabla legend and often cited as "Zakir Hussain in the making". He has accompanied noted instrumentalists and vocalists like Anup Jalota.

Deepak Mehta has performed extensively in the USA, Canada, South Africa, Moscow and Kirgistan and has been appreciated and honoured with many coveted awards.






































































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