Sandeep Das is a thrice Grammy nominated Indian tabla player and composer. With a career spanning more than 23 years he has played with artists as diverse as Yo-Yo Ma, Ravi Shankar, Paquito D'Rivera and Bobby McFerrin. His performances have taken him regularly to famed venues like The Carnegie Hall, The Lincoln Center, The Kennedy Center, The Hollywood Bowl, The Royal Albert Hall, The Concertgebouw and world events like The World Economic Forum and The General Assemble Hall of the UNO to name a few. His playing has been on more than 40 labels worldwide...some as varied as Underground rockstar of Chinese music to Blues Harmonica players.
His journey started under the tutelage of Sri Shiv Kr. Singh from whom he learned for a year and a half. Age 9 he went under the mentorship of the Legendary Tabla Maestro Pt. Kishan Maharaj. The next 11 years were spent in rigorous learning in the "Guru-Shishya parampara". Das moved to Delhi in 1990, to pursue his career as a professional Tabla player.
Sandeep made his stage debut in India (at the age of 15), with Sitar Maestro Pt. Ravi Shankar. He was three times the national drumming champion. He is still the youngest drummer to be graded by Akashvani (radio broadcaster) (All-India Radio). In 1991, Das debuted outside India, with steel drum bands in Trinidad. In 2001, he performed with the New York Philharmonic, under the direction of Kurt Masur for a work composed by Kayhan Kalhor. In April 2012, he premiered a work written for him by eminent composer Evan Ziporyn, as a soloist with the Boston Modern Orchestra Project. His composition Tarang is the theme music for Blind Sight, a documentary about the first Everest climb by six blind climbers.
Sandeep's compositions exhibit both the Western and Indian genres of music. For the past 15 years Sandeep has composed and performed with Yo-Yo MA's Silk Road Ensemble. Now residing in the metro Boston area, Sandeep frequently teaches master classes at Harvard, Berklee, Brandeis, Dartmouth, UC Santa Clara, UC Santa Barbara and is a staple in the Silk Road's Global Musician's Workshop held yearly at DePauw University.
Sandeep completed his schooling from St. Xavier's High School, Patna (1975–1985). He graduated in English Literature with gold medal from Banaras Hindu University.