Charanjit Lal was born in 1957 in New Delhi, is the eldest
son of Late Pt. Chatur Lal, one of Indias greatest
Tabla Maestro. Charanjit began his training with his father
and then continued with his fathers guru Ustad Abdul
Hafiz Ahmed Khan of Udaipur, after Pt. Chatur lal passed
Charanjit lal exhibits a depth of the feeling that is immediately
recognizable. However, as a classical musician he is a purist,
and never forsakes tradition merely to excite an unknowing
audience. Musicians and critics agree that he performs traditional
compositions with extra-ordinary clarity and has a beautiful
tonal quality, both characteristics being reminiscent of
his father playing. In addition he performs the same difficult
and exciting rhythmic patterns his father was famous for.
Charanjit lal gave his first performance at the age of 10
in 1967at Bombay, which was greatly appreciated by the audience,
and following year he has the privilege of performing at
Muktanands Ashram at Ganesh Puri. In 1970, Charanjit
started giving Tabla solo recitals from All India Radio,
Delhi for Youth Program. In 1972, he was announced as B
High Grade artist and started performing regularly.
In the Spring of 1978, Charanjit lal accompanied his uncle,
Pt. Ram Narayan on a tour throughout Europe. The following
year he taught Tabla at San Francisco State University as
part of their 1978 Summer World Music Program. During that
time Charanjit lal performed a number a concerts on the
West Coast. In the fall of 1979, he went to Europe, for
an extensive tour that included 47 concerts in 5 countries.
He returned to San Francisco during the summer of 1980 where
he taught Tabla and performed several solo concerts. In
1984, he was sent to Mauritius by ICCR to teach Tabla for
one year in the University of Mauritius. Later in the winter
of 1985, Charanjit lal was invited to play Tabla solo at
Festival Of India in Muscat. He then toured
Mexico, South America and United States of America in 1986
again went to United States of America with Pt. Ram Narayan
where he not only accompanied but also performed Tabla solo.
During 1987-88, he was on tour of 22 cities in USA on invitation
of Maharishi Mahesh Yogis Transcendental Meditation
Center. In Oct 1988, he went on a tour to Mauritius, Madagascar
and Reunion with Pt. Uma Shankar Mishra.
In 1990, Charanjit lal founded a society in the name of
his beloved father to revive his memory through the medium
of Pandit Chatur Lal Memorial Society and the
society has been organizing concerts with the greatest musicians
of the country. On 9th April, 1994, he was honored by
Sangeet Raj award. In 2007 he was awarded as Best
Event Organizer, Pandit Chaturlal Memorial Society by Dr.
A.P.J Abdul Kalam, Then President of India organized by
Since 1999, he has been touring to United States of America
twice a year for lecture demonstration concerts in colleges
and Universities for teaching.