Q&A: My Newham - World Record drummer Pandit Sudarshan Das

PUBLISHED: 17:00 31 August 2018


Fresh from setting a new Guinness World Record, East Ham music teacher Pandit Sudarshan Das talks drums and drumming.

What’s your connection with the borough?

I have been teaching the art of tabla and dhol (drums) in Newham for 15 years in local primary and secondary schools, as well as at my very own academy.

What’s the best thing about working or living in the borough?

It brings me great joy to teach and pass on the tradition of Indian classical music to the modern generation, as it is very important for one to stay in touch with their roots, as well as the fundamentals of modern music, in this fast moving world.

What one thing would you change?

It would be my lifelong dream to further expand the branches of our school across London and the world to ensure more adults and children can learn, cherish, play, and master the tabla or one of the other many instruments they wish to learn.

Use three words to describe the area.

Newham is a multicultural, busy, and interesting place where you meet different people with different stories.

Who is the most inspiring person you have ever met?

My late teacher from India, Bijan Chatterjee, and my mum for pushing and supporting me along my tabla journey to be the best player I can be.

This eventually resulted in me becoming the tabla teacher and world record holder you see today.

What new law would you introduce if you were the prime minister?

I would make it easier for students to achieve music scholarships so people from overlooked areas can have an equal opportunity in education and the fine arts.

A good education, to those willing to obtain it, leads towards success and wealth.

If you were the editor of this paper, what issues in the borough would you focus on?

Sometimes it is very easy to fall into the world of gossip, crime and scandals, very much so that we forget about good deeds and local heroes. Therefore, if I was the editor of the newspaper, I would focus on encouraging new talent and highlighting positive acts surrounding our community.

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