Pt. Shashanka Bakshi has engaged in a life devoted to the art of Tabla performance and Indian Classical Music. His training began at the age of six under the tutelage of Pt. Bhola Prasad, who later sent him to study with the celebrated Pt. Kanai Dutta. After the untimely demise of Pt. Kanai Dutta, he was requested by the legendary tabla maestro Pt. Samta Prasad to become his direct disciple. He continued to receive intensive training from him in the Benares Gharana lineage for the remainder of Pt. Samta Prasad’s life, and is currently the most senior of only three remaining disciples of the great tabla legend.
With a career spanning over five decades, he has accompanied such celebrated artists as Pt. Nikhil Banerjee, Ustad Bahadur Khan, Ustad Imrat Khan, Pt. Hariprasad Chaurasia, Ustad Nishat Khan, Pt. Ravi Shankar, Pt. Buddhadev Dasgupta, Pt. V.G. Jog, Pt. Daya Shankar, Vishwa Mohan Bhatt and Tarun Bhattacharya along with numerous others.
He has performed in major music festivals throughout India including the Dover Lane Music Conference, Tansen Sangeet Sammelan, Sadarang Music Conference, Salt Lake Music Festival, Rabindra Bharati Society and Uttarpara Music Conference, and has toured extensively throughout Europe, the United States and the Middle East. He has also taught the art of tabla to numerous dedicated students in India and the United States for several decades. His illustrious performances, intensive training and dedication have established a revered position for him in the lineage of Indian classical musicians.