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Jarkko Laiho

I am Jarkko Laiho from Finland (1977).  I started playing music when I was 9 or 10 years old.  I started with keyboards, but that wasn't my thing.  Few years later my big brother asked me to join his band.  I asked "What should I play?" He said "Start playing percussion."  Then I went to local music shop and bought congas.  I practiced and very soon I found out that percussion was my thing.


Within few years from joining the band I added new instruments to my setup and nowadays there are quite a lot of different percussions.  I started playing tablas, because I like challenges.  I felt that conga and those other percussion didn't offer so much joy of finding out new things anymore.  I believe I first heard tabla in some Oregon recordings with Trilok Gurtu playing tabla in it.  After that I bought some Indian music and listened them for year or two and then purchased my first tablas.


I played quite a while without a teacher searching information from everywhere.  I bought books, cds, did some research in the internet and asked some players and scholars about tabla.  Now I am a ganda badhan disciple of the great Ustad Shabbir Nisar of Hyderabad (the son of late Ustad Shaik Dawood).  Before I even had the opportunity to start studying with him I thought about who would be the best possible teacher.  My answer after some thinking was that Ustad Shabbir Nisar would be the best teacher.  Now I can just say that I was right.


My favourite tabla players are true Ustads like Thirakwa, Shaik Dawood, Habibuddin, Jahangir Khan, Akbar Hussain Khan, Wajid Hussain, Afaq Hussain and Shabbir Nisar just to name a few.


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