Achyut Ram Bhandari holds a permanent teaching position at Nepal’s Tribhuvan University since 1997. He has also been teaching privately for almost two decades. In addition to his Nepali students, he has given lessons to students visiting from the U.S., Japan, Italy, Israel, Spain, Canada, the U.K., Poland, Russia, Holland, Denmark, Portugal, and Germany, to name only a few. He has also hosted foreign students in his home for extended study. (Though there is currently no way for long-term foreign students to receive student visas for studying music, Mr. Bhandari is currently working to establish a recognized program of study for foreign students at Tribhuvan University; with luck, the plan will be in place by 2004.) He was from “Brahmin” family but always likes to encourage “Ethnic” group of Nepal. Keeping his vision in mind he always likes to teach Tabala to the poor and backward people who can not effort. In result, some of them are studying in India with full scholarship. Similarly he gives lessons to others people in very low fees. He also takes private class to foreign and Nepali students.

Short-term students need not purchase a tabla for lessons, as Mr. Bhandari has many tablas for student use in his home. However, if desired, Mr. Bhandari can also provide the highest-quality Varanasi tablas and a variety of cases at very reasonable prices. He has also has a large collection of otherwise unavailable recordings of tabla performances that he can share with his students.

  • Mr. Bhandari teaching privately from his home in Kathmandu.

  • Mr. Bhandari with his American student Azalia Birch.

  • Mr. Bhandari with a few of his young Nepali students.

  • Mr. Bhandari with his students Takayuki Mamishin (Japan, left) and Ulises Farias (Venezuela, right)

  • Mr. Bhandari is giving teacher training at Dhulikhel for the teacher of higher secondary level.

  • Giving a seminar with Om Shringara Nepal at the University of North Carolina (Asheville), during the group's second U.S. tour.