Shariq Mustafa


Shariq Mustafa is today the 5th generation Tabla player of the Thirakwa lineage. He is an Indian tabla player and hails from the Farukhabad gharana. He has assimilated the highly evolved and complex heritage of various tabla styles from his father and late grandfather, Rashid Mustafa Thirakwa and Ahmed Jan Thirakwa.

While the school of percussion he represents is very old, Shariq Mustafa brings to bear on it a very contemporary mind, which is sensitive to the eternal values of ancient music systems.

Started at a very early age his interest in traditional music of all cultures has inspired friendship with western musicians. He has collaborated with various western musicians like Patsy Reid, a renowned fiddle player from the UK and Manuel Hermia, ,Belgian musician and soprano player, Karolina Beimcik (Poland), Katayun Gourdazy (USA), to name a few..

Considered a child prodigy Shariq Mustafa is a much sought after musical performer, as both a vocalist and percussionist. His singing style has been enriched by the contribution of his maternal grandfather Ustad Sabri Khan (1927-2015)

Shariq Mustafa has performed in concerts and given solo performances throughout the world. Recent performances have included: 6th Jashan-e-Rekhta, Indo-French Musical Meet, National Art Museum. India Habitat Centre, India International Centre, India Islamic Centre, International Jazz Festival( New Delhi), The London Jazz festival( Southbank Centre, London, United Kingdom, (year)), the Ottawa music festival(Canada), Lugano Estival Jazz(Lugano, Switzerland,( year)). He has also performed for the late President of India Sri. Pranab Mukherjee at the Rashtrapati Bhawan, New Delhi, india, Chief Justice of India Sri. Sharad Arvind Bobde on the occasion of International Judiciary Conference.

His grasp and understanding of the musical subtleties and his fertile creative imagination is resultant of his sincere devotion and learnings from the various maestros he has performed with namely Ustad Sabri khan, Ustad Amjad Ali Khan,

Pandit Hari Prasad Chaurasia, Ustad Shujaat Khan, Ustad Amaan Ali Bangash, Ustad Ayaan Ali Bangash, Ustad Nishat Khan, Ustad Kamal Sabri Khan etc..

He is the youngest musician from india who has given a lecture on music at the prestigious University of California, Santa Cruz..

Shariq Mustafa has worked on a World Music Album called ‘THIS PALE’ with legendary artists from India and USA like Sitar maestro UStad Shujaat Hussain Khan, Katayun Gourdazi, Shaho Andalibi. Has worked with Suhail Yusuf Khan on the album, “lonely meadow” and with Ritesh Prasanna on the album “ ode to dusk”. He will soon be releasing his first solo tabla album capturing the authentic sound of the Thirakwa legacy.






"This Pale" Album release; 'This Pale' is an Indo-Persian ensemble that musically interprets the poetry of Jalal ad-Din Muhammad Rumi .Grammy nominated sitarist Ustad Shujaat husain khan, Iranian American vocalist Katayoun Goudarzi, Ney player Shaho Andalibi and Tabla player Shariq Mustafa have come together to create a six-track album.'(link)


"This Pale" – Rumi set to music (link)

Deccan Herald

A Rumi touch to emotions (link)

Jazz Weekly: Sounds of India and Beyond (link)

Luxembourg WOXX Magazine

They create a deeply impressive soundscape in which Rumi’s old poetry blossoms again. Captivating! (link)

Bangkok Post

Hauntingly beautiful collaboration or New grooves for your perusal (link)

Midwest Book Review

This Pale is heartfelt, inspirational, spiritually moving and highly recommended.” (link)

The Hindu

Featured on (link)

New York Music Daily

Viscerally breathtaking, completely unselfconscious clarity and, ultimately, hope (link)

World Music Central

Praise for 'This Pale' by World Music Central: "The four artists deliver an impeccable, evocative and masterfully-crafted recording featuring stellar instrumental performances and deeply moving, beautiful lyricism (link)

The Guardian

Also out this Month (link)

Indulge The New Indian Express

Full Article Here (link)

Times of India

Full Article Here (link)

Millenium Post (link)

Gulf News (link)

The Pioneer (link) (image)

Millenium Post (link)

The Sunday Guardian (link) (image)

Millenium Post (link)


September 28, 2021, CBC Frequencies (link)

December 4, 2016, TEDx (link)


Week of 9/28/21:
NACC World Adds - #1 Most Added
Music Meeting Directory Top Downloads - #3
Music Meeting Directory Top Streams - #8

- Roger Holdsworth, PBS

"Mesmerized by his voice"
- Errol Nazareth, CBC Canada

"Amazing record"
- Baruch Zeichner, Paradigms(link)

Featured on John Schaefer, New Sounds (#4531: New Releases)

#3 on Transglobal World Music Chart, October 2021

#6 Transglobal World Music Charts, November 2021 (link)



October 12, 2021 Delhi: Performance with Shujaat Khan

October 23, 2021 Gorakhpur: Performance with Shujaat Khan


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