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Sameer Gupta is known as one of the few percussionists simultaneously representing the traditions of American jazz on drumset, and Indian classical music on tabla. He has performed at Lincoln Center Performing Arts Center in NYC, Birla Auditorium Kolkata, Townhall Seattle, SFJAZZ, Nehru Centre London, NYC MoMA and Yerba Buena Gardens San Francisco.

Sameer is originally a jazz drummer learning from his peers on the school of the streets of San Francisco and Harlem NYC. His own interests and love of tabla brought him to the great maestro Pt Anindo Chatterjee, of whom he is now a dedicated disciple, though his first few years were spent under the guidance of Ustad Zakir Hussain. Sameer is also a co-founder and an Artistic Director of the non-profit artist collective Brooklyn Raga Massive.

Today he lives in Brooklyn, NYC and is actively involved in performing, curating, producing and teaching through various institutions including the Outside (In)dia Series presented by India Center Foundation, Brooklyn Raga Massive, Carnegie Hall’s Global Encounters and Ragas Live Festival.

Gupta has held workshops far and wide on Indian music and cross over drumming styles including The California Jazz Conservatory in Berkeley, California as well as Berklee College of Music in Boston.

Sameer’s Resume


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