The Anirudh Varma Collective Classical Quartet

The Anirudh Varma Collective (AVC) is a contemporary Indian classical ensemble from New Delhi, India. It is led by pianist, composer & producer, Anirudh Varma. The Anirudh Varma Collective comprises musicians & artistes from across India, America, and Canada. The Collective aims to discover, re-discover, and present the tradition & diversity of Indian music in a contemporary yet rooted manner in order to reach and connect with the masses. The Collective has released 2 full-length albums, Perspectives and Homecoming, both of which have received critical acclaim. They have performed at HCL Concerts, the Jaipur Literature Festival, the Mahindra Kabira Festival, Surajkund Crafts Mela, the Virasat Festival in Dehradun, as well as the Festivals of India in Maldives and Kuwait.


The AVC Classical Quartet emerged from a shared passion for reimagining traditional Indian classical compositions within a contemporary Baithak framework. The outcome is a spontaneous and impromptu musical experience, where the exchange of energy fuels creativity and gives rise to beautiful harmonies!

Harmonious Fusion: Santoor & Tabla

Vinay Desai-Santoor, a disciple of Santoor Maestro Pandit Shivkumar Sharma, skillfully blends meditative and dynamic Santoor melodies, deeply dedicated to his guru's style. He has performed globally and shares his passion through teaching and lectures. Shantilal Shah, grounded in Banaras, India's cultural hub, is a versatile tabla player trained by Taal-Yogi Pandit Suresh Talwalkar, boasting over 40 years in Indian Classical Music. He excels in Hindustani Vocal, Instrumental, and Dance music, having shared the stage with legends like Pt. Jasraj and Pt. Hariprasad Chaurasia.

These two artists collaborate at JLF Houston for a musical concert featuring serene melodies that seamlessly shift into rhythmic improvisations, culminating in an enthralling piece. The combination of Santoor's melodic finesse and tabla's rhythmic prowess promises an engaging performance, followed by a semi-classical devotional piece.