Rajasthan Travel Guide

Pandit Chatur Lal

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Pandit Chatur Lal Upbringing & Education

Chatur Lal was born on April 16 in the year 1925 in the beautiful city of Udaipur in Rajasthan and as he was a boy, he had a great interest in playing the musical instrument and always played them and spent his time in strong practice, if only to get the perfection in playing them. There was a funny incident that happened with his drum-beating habit that became a reason of annoyance for the local policeman who used to be on night duty in his residential area and he occasionally used to get irritated with him. And one fine night this policeman lost his tolerance and banged the door and shouted at him to sleep at night rather beating those drums. This incident lightly scared him as he was a just little boy ut couldn’t shake his passion for playing the Tabla every night, but he took care at that time when the policemen used to pass their house. He grew up following his passion for this musical instrument and reached Delhi to Join All India Radio.

Career and Achievements

Capture Lal joined All India Radio in the year 1947 and regularly participated in the various events and programs in all over India and abroad from the very next year 1948.  And during these events and programs, he got chances to play with the various masters of the Indian Classical Music, like Pandit Onkarnath Thankur, Pandit. Ravi Shakar, Baba Allaudin Khan, Pandit, Pt. Nikhil Banerjee  Ustad Ali Akbar Khan, Ustad Vilayat Khan, and many others. In the year 1952, he went to Afghanistan with Pandit Omkarnath Thakur and three years later in 1955, he visited Great Britain and the United States on the invite of Museum Of Modern Art and OMNIBUS. There he performed at the Rockefeller Ford Foundation with Sarod Maestro, Ustad Ali Akbar Khan. During the year 1956 -57  he had his musical tour of North America and Europe and played at various programs with sitar maestro Pandit Ravi Shankar and in 1960 he visited the Soviet Union and Mongolia with Indian delegations.  

He had his Second musical tour was the first ever fusion between the East & the West he represented ‘Tabla’ or Indian drums with the greatest drummer Sir Philly Joe Jones competing with his Western drums and became the Tabla Wizard of all times.

Some of his solo recordings are The "Drums of India" and "Drums On Fire" is that were recorded in Hollywood’s ‘World Pacific Recordings’. 

Pandit Chatur Lal Personal Life

Chatur Lal is left with his son Charanjit Chaturlal and grandson Pranshu Lal who are maintaining his legacy with Chatur Lal Memorial Society.

Pandit Chatur Lal

Pandit Chatur Lal

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