Keshav – 7 Year old Child at CWG 2010 Delhi – Little tabla master – India


Keshav – 7 Year old Child at CWG 2010 Delhi – Little tabla master – India

KeshavKeshav born on 2003 is an Indian tabla player. Keshav is a prodigy and performed at the Delhi Commonwealth Games.

Keshav’s Early life
Keshav was born in Auroville at Puducherry to Gopika Dahanukar. Keshav is the grandson of painter, Prafulla Dahanukar.Keshav started learning tabla when he was two years old.

Keshav’s Career

Keshav was spotted by Bharat Bala at an event, while he was conceiving Rhythms of India, the first item of the Delhi Commonwealth Games opening ceremony.

Small wonder: Seven-year-old Keshav enthrals audience at the opening ceremony of the Commonwealth Games at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium in New Delhi on Sunday.

NEW DELHI: Audiences across the country were charmed when they saw cherubic seven-year-old Keshav expertly drumming his little fingers on the tabla with a wide grin on his face, his curly hair bobbing with obvious enjoyment while performing at “Rhythms of India,” the opening event of the Commonwealth Games (CWG) opening ceremony here on Sunday.

Keshav stays in Auroville near Puducherry.

Selected by Bharat Bala

He was selected to play by CWG creative head Bharat Bala, who said: “I spotted him in a show at Auroville at Puducherry. I was conceiving ‘Rhythms of India,’ the first item of the Commonwealth Games opening ceremony, when I saw him perform.

“The event had folk drummers from all over the country so I thought it would be interesting to have a boy perform alongside them.”

“He is a natural”

Keshav’s mother Gopika said: “He is a natural. Besides, it runs in the family which has musicians and artists. Keshav is also the grandson of artist Prafulla Dahanukar.”

According to Ms. Gopika, her son performs as and when he feels like it and nobody forces him.

“We are aware of his talent, but we also want him to have a normal childhood.

“Music is something spontaneous for him and he performs with a lot of passion.”

The prodigy tabla player’s first performance was in February this year when he played at a private gathering.

Keshav who is in Class II, enjoys cycling and playing the guitar as well.


  1. I really amazed to view this video clip.. so wonderful. God has gifted a lot to him. May The Almighty make the little Tabalist a Great Performer in the future & let indias fame rises to its peak throught Master Kesav.All the blessing and prayers Master Kesav- Joy Payyappilly,Dubai – UAE.


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