World Class World Music Artist
Samrat Kakkeri comes from a long line of musicians and has devoted his life to the art of Tabla. He inherited his talent from his father Pundit Mohan Rao Kakkeri who was also his first teacher. He is considered a child protégée who has received acclaim as an accomplished tabla player (drummer) from early age. He has performed both as a solo artist and accompanying artist all over India.
He started his training at an early age of five with his father and later with the Tabla maestro late Pundit Nand Kumar. He strongly believes in the importance of Guru Bhakti (devotion) and Riyaz (practicing). His routine of rigorous practice has led to many awards both monetary and other.
He is also trained in the unique art of tabla playing for Kathak style of classical dance from north India. He received this training from his father, retired professor of tabla at Thyagaraja School of Music & Dance. He provided live accompaniment with some prominent Kathak dancers including Urmila Nagar, Gopal Rao and Raghav Bhatt. He has also assisted with composing music for the Kathak ballets "Megh Dut" and "Panch Bhoot" as well as played Tabla for the recording.
Besides being an excellent performing artist he has been teaching Tabla and has trained several students in this art form.
Popularly known as the "Kakkeri Brothers" he has presented several concerts with his brother Sawan Kakkeri.
In the recent years he has been composing fusion music which has won him acclaim.
Samrat can be contacted direction at: 703-200-0488