Born in 1981 in a family of Tabla-makers in India, Jay has been living in an environment of music and instruments since childhood.Jay plays with many different artists from different backgrounds in Indian Classical, Semi Classical, Fusion and World music in Australia and have been teaching tabla and other percussion at his centre “Melbourne School of Indian Music”.
Training – Taaleem under the traditional ‘Guru-shishya parampara’Jay feels fortunate and privileged to have been able to procure Taaleem (training) under the traditional ‘Guru-shishya parampara’ from his Gurus, Shree Divyang Vakil (disciple of Late Ustad Allarakha Saheb), Late Pandit Nandan Mehta (disciple of Padma Bhushan Late Pandit Kishan Maharaj and also the founder of the Saptak School of Music) and Pandit Pooran Maharaj (son and disciple of the Late Pandit Kishan Maharaj, also a disciple of Pandit Kanthe Maharaj). To read more about Jay’s Gurus, please open MY GURU from the top of the page.
With learning, came experience and maturity.He has performed at many prestigious concerts both, as a soloist as well as in accompaniment with different forms of music, and has accomplished awards in several national and state level performances including a scholarship by the Government of India. To read more about Jay’s career highlights and achievements, please visit the ACHIEVEMENTS AND PERFORMANCE link.
Moving to AustraliaTo further develop his career in music, Jay moved to Australia in 2006. He started performing and teaching, and developed himself as a freelance musician performing traditional Indian classical, semi-classical, spiritual, sufi, bollywood and world music. Within no time, he started touring nationally, performing with artists such as Josh Bennett, Keith Preston, Dya Singh, Alies Sluiter, Allan Posselt, Anne Norman, Vinod Prasanna. He regularly performs with international artists that visit Australia. He has performed at popular music events in Australia such as, WOMAD, OzAsia, National Folk Festival, Nannup Festival, APRA spot light, and so on. In 2011, he invited his Guru-Maa, the First Lady of Sitar, Vidushi Smt Manju Mehta. Together, they toured Australia-wide to perform.
Since childhood, Jay learnt the art of making Indian percussion instruments, and continues to further his family tradition in Australia. He retails and services Indian percussion instruments and also the Harmoniums. To read more about the instruments Jay deals with, please visit the SALES AND SERVICES link. Since moving to Melbourne in 2013, Jay has started his centre, the Melbourne School of Indian Music. He continues to pursue his music in varying forms by practising as a performing musician, a music teacher, and a musical instruments retailer and repairer! He teaches both, in person and online, to cater to his local as well inter-state students.