biography

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Rakkatak, Anita Katakkar’s solo tabla project, presents classical Indian tabla compositions using a palette of rhythm, melody and ambient textures. Rakkatak’s song Heliosphere is the opening song to CBC Radio’s Big City Small World hosted by Errol Nazareth. The group released their fourth album “Char Taal and a Raga Rainbow” in May 2021 which features master vocalist Pratik Rao, bassist Oriana Barbarto, bansuri player Hasheel, violinist Jessica Deutsch and multi-faceted musician Zaynab Wilson.

Rakkatak aims to: serve the community by maintaining the integrity of Indian classical music and giving it a space to evolve in a contemporary context; facilitate cross-cultural dialogue through our music; change the perception that tabla is a male dominated art form and further the notion that female artists can be leading professional instrumentalists. In addition to performing, Rakkatak has conducted numerous tabla workshops in the Greater Toronto Area.

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