Anirudh Alva Changkakoti, the son of Dr. Rupak Changkakoti and Sarojini Alva Changkakoti, is a young promising Tabla player from Virginia. Anirudh’s love for Tabla was very evident, even as a new born baby when his father was learning from Dr. Narendra Verma, disciple of the illustrious Ustad Allah Rakha of the Punjab Gharana. Dr. Verma started teaching Anirudh at the tender age of 3 years. Since his young age, Anirudh has won many awards of excellence in both state and national level contests in the US. Anirudh has performed in various National and International conventions across many states in US, Canada, and on national television channels in India. He also has performed at the prestigious Kennedy Center. Through his Guru’s referral, Anirudh has been learning from the maestro, Ustad Zakir Hussain since the past 7 years. Anirudh is a junior in James Madison University, Virginia pursuing the Pre-Med concentration in the Health Sciences field.