24min | English | Igal Hecht
Toronto Tabla Ensemble (TTE) is a unique and multifaceted arts organization dedicated to promoting the North Indian classical art of tabla. The organization is led by founder and artistic director Ritesh Das. TTE is supported by self-generated income from classes, public support through grants, as well as private and corporate funding. The organization’s aim is to share the depth and excitement of Indian classical music, culture, and history and make it accessible to all people.
After moving to Toronto in 1987, Ritesh Das has built an illustrious career as a musician, composer, and educator. At that time, he began teaching tabla at all levels in Ontario and founded the Toronto Tabla Ensemble with a group of his advanced students in 1991. Since then, they have toured Canada and abroad producing seven studio albums that have brought Das several accolades and awards. As a result, Das was recognized with the Roy Thomson Hall Award in 2016 by the Toronto Arts Foundation.