Whether with Aerosmith or for "Zoolander," Grammy-winning Abhiman Kaushal is an outstanding tabla artist who is much sought after for his sensitive accompaniment and intense solo playing, who represents the Farukkabad and Lucknow styles of tabla. Having been initiated into the art by his father R.B. Kaushal, who was a disciple of the legendary Ustad Amir Hussain Khan, Abhiman later continued his training under the famous Ustad Sheikh Dawood of Hyderabad, India, and the Ustad’s senior most disciple, Pandit B. Nandkumar. Abhiman has accompanied most of the leading musicians, singers and dancers of North Indian classical music and has toured around the world performing in prestigious venues, and with numerous recordings and world music collaborations. He has recorded a soundtrack for National Geographic’s Man Eaters of North India, and recently was the solo featured musician for the acclaimed electronic dance drama Ramayana 2k3 which won rave reviews in Los Angeles and New York City. Abhiman is currently on faculty at UCLA and UCR as Director of the North Indian Classical Music ensembles.
Also performing is Ameera Nimjee, scholar, dancer, musician and educator who is a faculty member of the University of Puget Sound.