Suryaksha Deshpande is fortunate enough to have a good Literary and Musical heritage. His
father Shri. Prakash Deshpande is a retired Professor of English and an eminent writer and
critic in Marathi and his mother Prof. Hema Deshpande herself is a vocalist. disciple of Pt.
Babanrao Haldankar (veteran of Agra Gharana).
He has taken tremendous efforts in balancing his academic career and Tabla training. 1977
born Science Graduate, Suryaksha is a disciple of renowed scholar and performer Pt.
Arvind Mulgaonkar of Farrukhabad Gharana (senior disciple of Ustad Amir Hussain Khan
Sahab). He has also received training of "Delhi Baaz" from Pt. Sudhir Mainkar - a great
Musicologist - disciple of Inam Ali Khan Sahab of Delhi Gharana. He has achieved
excellence in competitions held by reputed organizations through out the country & was
also felicitated with the prestigious Pt. V.D.Paluskar Award.
He has secured First Rank all over India in Tabla Alankar (Masters Degree) Exam held by
Akhil Bhartiya Gandharva Mahavidyalaya. He is also a recipient of the prestigious National
scholarship awarded by the Dept. of Culture. Govt. of India
He is an 'A' Grade artiste of All India Radio and Doordarshan.
He is a recipient of the Fellowship for Junior Artist by The Dept. of Culture, India.
He has accompanied many great artist like Padmabhushan Dr. N. Rajam (Violin),
Padmashree Pt. D.K. Datar (Violin), Padmashree Pt. Satish Vyas (santoor), Pt. Brij Narayan
(Sarod), Pt. Ulhas Bapat (Santoor), Smt. Ashwini Bhide-Deshpande (vocal), Shri. Jayateerth
Mevundi (vocal), in India and abroad. He has performed with South Indian musicians like
Shri. Sriram Parshuram (vocal), Shri. Sridhar Parthsarathy (Mridangam) etc. He has also
played in many Talwadya Kachaheri concerts. He conceived the concept of Tabla and
Dholaki (a folk percussion) being played together for the first time on stage with his Gurubhai
He had an opportunity to accompany Ghazal maestro U. Ghulam Ali in New Jersey.
He has successfully conducted many workshops & lecture demonstrations.
A blend of the Traditional Tabla of Farrukabaad Gharana, the expansion process of Delhi
Gharana and influence of Laghu is clearly observed in his Tabla. A thoughtful and robust
solo, a balanced accompaniment to Vocal Music and an appropriate accompaniment to
instrumental music are some of his specialties.
Suryaksha is the owner and founder of Anubhooti school of Indian Classical Music.