Mumbai-born Hamit Walia grew up in a family whose members were passionate about Indian classical music. His grandfather was a tabla player, so Hamit’s father sent his son for tabla lessons from age four, continuing to study the theory behind the instrument during his early teenage years.
Hamit settled in the UK in 2004 and over the last three years he has been studying again, this time under the renowned tabla player, Kousic Sen, who frequently plays at Manchester’s Bridgewater Hall. When not performing, Hamit teaches his instrument to students of all ages at the Bhartiya Vidya Bhavan in Manchester.
Throughout his musical career in the UK, Hamit has performed at several high-profile North-West venues, including The Lowry, the Waterside Arts Centre and The Bridgewater Hall in Manchester, Stockport Plaza and Kirkby Hall in Liverpool. He frequently accompanies classical Indian dancers, such as Kanchan Maradan. Hamit is also the member of the band Indian Breves who compose original Bollywood-style music.
Throughout COVID lockdown, Hamit has also been running online tabla workshops.