Nitesh’s middle name may as well be Curiosity, for it most perfectly describes the essence of this effortless musician. He began young, fiddling around with his Grandfather’s unused Dholki and almost immediately graduating to perform at the local Ganesh Utsav festivities. Nitesh then began seeking formal Hindustani Classical training on the Tabla. Two years later, he joined the Ustad Allah Rakha Tabla Institute, Mumbai to enhance his proficiency with the Tabla. In a year’s time, the popular and eclectic Taufiq Qureshi took Nitesh under his wings. The past four years have been an exhilarating journey for Nitesh, training and performing with Qureshi’s sensational percussion ensemble ‘Mumbai Stamps’.
Nitesh primarily plays the Djembe (an African percussion instrument) but with Mumbai Stamps extends his creativity to a wide variety of commonplace items (such as plastic buckets, drums, waste bins, tin drums, etc) to create interesting percussion pieces off them. Despite his impressive career track thus far, having performed at the Indian Premier League and Commonwealth Games, 2010 as well as recording for background scores of Bollywood movies, Nitesh is a most simple and generous-hearted musician who wants nothing more than to take his music to the people.
“Good job, not seen this in Mumbai before. Keep it up. Very happy.”
“I reached Vashi station tired and worn out from the days work, to see a crowd formed around a man, went to investigate, and I saw a man performing a song which sounded like Sufi music to me. His voice echoed through the granite corridors of the station and the merry strums of his guitar filled the air with melancholy. I stood there hearing his song about finding God in ones own belief, reminded me of Kabir ke Dohe which i had read when i was a kid.”
“I just wanted to let you know, what you are doing with live music at the railway stations is absolutely amazing. Several years ago I saw the new York symphony orchestra play in the new York subway and it changed me forever.Thank you for bringing back a little soul to Mumbai.”
“In this busy life schedule I could take time off to listen to the performer. Hope this will bring forth also the poorer folks, that they would be given opportunities”
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