Rahul Pophali is one of the most versatile tabla players in today's younger generation. A dazzling performer and an incessant innovator, Rahul has carved a niche for himself in the world of percussion music.
Rahul’s journey with the tabla started at the age of seven under the tutelage of Pt. Raghunath Agashe. Very soon he grasped the intricacies of the Delhi, Farukhabad and Lucknow gharanas (school of music). He progressed to advanced training in the Punjab gharana style under Pt. Nishikant Barodekar (senior disciple of Ustad Alla Rakha and Ustad Zakir Hussain).
Rahul hit the concert stage at an early age and since then, has accompanied many musicians of various styles. He has toured extensively in several countries in Europe and Asia.
Intense desire to explore various possibilities with the tabla, and urge to experiment, led him to perform with several reputed Jazz, Rock, Flamenco, and World Music exponents across the globe.
Passionate about spreading his artform, Rahul has conducted workshops and lec-dem sessions for several institutions and music schools in India and Europe. Over years, he has developed a style of teaching that appeals to students across generations.
Rahul holds bachelors degrees in Tabla and Electronics Engineering.