Devapriya Nayak (Debu) was born in West Bengal, India, and began learning
tabla at the age of three from his grandfather, Chaudhury Kausalya Nandan,
who was an accomplished pakhawaj and tabla player of the Punjab Gharana. Later, Debu became a disciple of Pt. Radhakanta Nandi of the
Benaras Gharana. In 1981, Debu came to the US to pursue higher studies and continued his tabla
taalim from Maestros like Ustad Zakir Hussain , Pandit Anindo Chattergee and Pt. Samir Chatterjee.
Currently Debu remains a ‘Ganda Bandha’ shishya of Pt. Samir Chatterjee.
Debu is an accomplished soloist and accompanist. He has performed with renowned artists like
Pt. Vinayak Torvi, Pt. Ramesh Mishra, Ustad
Fahimuddin Dagar, Habib Wali Mohammad, Asif Ali Khan, Shahanaz Begum,
Gaurav Mazumdar, Partha Bose, Mitali Banerjee-Bhawmik, Tulika Ghosh and many others.
Recently, his tabla was featured in a collaborative effort of Indian Classical Music and Jazz. The CD, called PROBE, is currently available under ‘World
Music’ at the Sackler Gallery Bookstore in the Smithsonian. He along with
the members of PROBE have also performed at the Smithsonian Institution.
Debu's recent performance at the Kennedy
Center with Gaurav Majumdar on Sitar earned him wide
scale accolades from the Washington music circle.
He is also the director of the Washington DC Chapter of Chhandayan, a tabla
school dedicated to the promotion of tabla and Indian Classical Music in the
Washington DC metro
area. Debu is a computer engineer by profession and
employed by the United States Department of Education,
but music remains his ultimate passion.