Swapan was initiated into his formal musical training through his parents who inspired him in the field of Tabla. He started learning Tabla at the age of five. He bases his style on the intensive training he received from his Guru, the late Pandit Santosh Krishna Biswas of Calcutta, an eminent exponent of Lucknow Gharana.
He holds a Master`s degree in music and has been conferred honors for his distinguished contributions in the field of Tabla by various academic and musical institutions.
Esteemed the world over for his purity of sound, depth of knowledge, rhythmic creativity, and dedication to teaching, Swapan Chaudhuri continues to accompany all the eminent classical instrumental and vocal musicians of India in addition to collaborating with artists of every world music tradition and genre. His dedication to teaching tabla worldwide has brought him global recognition.
As a soloist, Swapan’s nuanced and lyrical ability to bring even the most complex and challenging compositions to life gives audiences a rare glimpse into the depth and majesty of tabla’s vast repertoire. Both his accompaniment and his recordings are prized for their clarity and improvisational beauty. Two records, Legacy (1997) and Passing on the Tradition (1998), were nominated for Grammy awards, on which Swapan collaborated with Asha Bhosle and Maestro Ali Akbar Khan.
Swapan Chaudhuri has been a part of the Ali Akbar College of Music as Director of Percussion for over 30 years and has also been Department Chairperson / Senior Faculty of the World Music Program at the California Institute of the Arts for the past 20 years.
He has accompanied great artists like Ustad Ali Akbar Khan, Pandit Ravi Shankar, Ustad Vilayat Khan, the late Pandit Nikhil Banerjee, Ustad Amir Khan, Ustad Amjad Ali Khan, Pandit Bhimsen Joshi, Pandit Jasraj, L. Shankar, Dr. Balmurli Krishna, Pandit Birju Maharaj, Dr. L. Subramanium, Lakshmi Shankar, Pandit V.G. Jog, and many others.