Born in 1919 Sri Alla Rakha is a pupil of Kadir Baksh, the well- known tabla maestro of the Punjab gharana. Sri AlIa Rakha has thrilled audiences in India and abroad with his unique style, and the excellence of his performances. He has accom- panied eminent musicians and dancers with skill and aplomb, has also a reputation as a composer. Sri Alla Rakha has been honoured by many institutions and the President of India conferred on him the Padmashri. For his eminence in the art of tabla playing and his contribu- tion to the enrichment of Music Sri Alla Rakha receives the Sangeet Natak Akademi Award for Hindustani Instrumental Music for 1982.