“I can name at least 15 tabla players who’re as good, if not better, than me. It’s just that every dog has his day and I’m the dog today,” he told CS recently.

That is the reason he feels he needs to always be at par with people’s expectations from him. “The priority in life is to keep learning, in order to expand my vocabulary to tell the same old story with different words.

Every note has been played, every melody has been composed. It’s the way you say it that makes it different and unique,” he added.