Vishnu Sahai also known as Sanju is currently one of the finest and most sought after tabla players. He is the direct descendant of Pandit Ram Sahai, the founder of the Benares Gharana and is the sixth generation tabla player in that family. Sanju was trained by his guru Pandit Sharda Sahai, the virtuoso tabla player. He has established himself as an internationally recognized tabla player and is one of India’s upcoming musicians. He is an ‘A’ grade artist for All India Radio.
Sanju began playing tabla at the age of four and demonstrated his prodigious skill when he performed in his first public concert at the age of nine. He has since accompanied many of India’s legendary musicians including Ustad Amjad Ali Khan and Ustad Aashish Khan (sarod), Pandit Rajan and Sajan Mishra (vocal), Pandit Birju Maharaj and Gopi Krishna (Kathak Dance), Ustad Sultan Khan (sarangi) and U. Srinivas (mandolin) to name a few. Sanju is also known as a soloist, however he not merely a percussionist but an imaginative and sensitive musician.
He has toured throughout India, UK, Europe, Middle East and USA. He has performed for Her Majesty the Queen as well as for Prince Charles concert at Highgrove. He has performed at the Royal Albert Hall where he participated in the 100th anniversary of the Proms and in 2000 he performed at the Carnegie Hall in New York. Sanju has worked with jazz, Egyptian, Spanish, hip hop, folk and blues music as well as composing various pieces of ensembles. Sanju has played for numerous live recordings including BBC TV, Channel East, Asian Net TV, BBC World Service and All India Radio and also on CD’s with Navras, ARC Music and NA Classical India. In addition, he has performed at Glastonbury Festival, Royal Festival Hall, House of Commons, Salt Lake City for the opening of the Olympics, and is also working with Michael Nyman, one of the most celebrated British composers.
Sanju is based in London and promotes music and musical education through workshops and individual learning. Sanju is currently teaching tabla at London University and schools and colleges throughout the United Kingdom.