Giri Subramaniam

Tabla, Indian Percussion
Giri Subramaniam

Giri is a tabla player and percussionist from Bengaluru, India. After receiving formal training in Tabla from Muthu Kumar – a disciple of Ustad Alla Rakha and Ustad Zakir Hussain – and Carnatic vocal music, Giri went on to combine his roots in Indian classical music with other musical styles and genres. 

As a tabla player and percussionist, Giri has shared the stage with internationally acclaimed artists like Zakir Hussain, Shankar Mahadevan, Shreya Ghoshal, Vijay Prakash, Raghu Dixit, and others. He has performed and toured with the Berklee Indian Ensemble since 2016, and as a session artist he has performed with the MIT Festival Jazz Ensemble. 

Giri has explored the role of tabla in world music by collaborating with various international artists from the Berklee College of Music. Giri is also passionate about experimenting with tabla and the world of electronic music. In 2019, he helped develop an electronic tabla performance system for Zakir Hussain. 

Over the past few years, Giri has also begun teaching tabla and the concepts of Indian tala system (rhythm theory) to beginners as well as professional musicians from various musical backgrounds. He also completed a PhD in Economics from Boston College in 2020. When he’s not doing music he works as an economic consultant.

Where they grew up:
Bangalore and Sharjah
Favourite BIE Song:
All songs that aren’t in 7
Least Favourite BIE Song:
That song that has no tabla in it. No, not that one. The other one. Yes, exactly
Cooks an AMAZING:
Rasam Rice and Beans Curry
Third Favourite Color:
Blue