Percussionist Talvin Singh is a Tabla player. He has buildt bridges between Indian bhangra music and electronic drum n' bass. He has cooperated with Björk, Duran Duran, Howie B and Nellee Hooper among others.
Talvin Singh (Matharu) was born in 1970 in Leytonstone, London, England. He is a British DJ, beat creator and and tabla player, known for creating an innovative fusion of classical Hindustani music and drum n bass. Talvin Singh is generally considered involved with an electronica sub genre called Asian Underground.
Talvin Singh grew up in Leytonstone and began playing the tabla, breakdancing and listening to punk rock as a child. At the age of 15, Singh went to India where he studied tabla under Pandit Lashman Singh, but he returned to the UK after just one year. In spite of this classical training, Singh's tabla playing was not accepted by British promoters of classical Indian music, as he incorporated too strongly his western influences. By the late 1980s, Singh had decided to turn towards the fusion of sounds, and soon he began working as a musician with such artists as the Indigo Girls, David Sylvian, Siouxsie & the Banshees, Sun Ra, Björk, Massive Attack and the Future Sound of London.
In late 1995, Singh founded the Anokha club night at East London's Blue Note, where drum'n'bass DJs and South Asian punk bands went head to head with the amped-up sounds of his tabla and percussion. Guest spots by LTJ Bukem and others made Anokha a Monday-night hotspot in London, and Singh signed to Island for an Anokha compilation including several of his own productions. He worked as a remixer until releasing his solo debut, OK, in 1998. The album won him the Mercury Music Prize for 1999.