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I started studying tabla in 1992 with the great Pandit Sharda Sahai.  Every lesson involved a plane ticket for either him or me.  I’m greatly indebted to him as well as to my  tabla family who helped to facilitate learning with Guru-ji through the years. Thanks to Frances, Bob, Joanne, Tim, Vicki, Neil, Ravi, Shawn, Anjan, Deepak, and all others.  You’re the best!

To learn about Pt. Sahai, his music, and his teaching go to


Pandit Sharda Sahai (1935-2011)


Currently, I perform both North Indian Classical styles and East-West Fusion.

As a teaching artist, I’ve been sharing the tabla in classrooms, on stages, and in teacher training seminars.  For more information please contact me by email.

todd tabla by Hans

A day in the recording studio with Hans.

Tabla Class at NGMS

Tabla Class at New Glarus Middle School.


with Payton MacDonald singing Dhrupad in Madison, 2014.