Born on 18th November 1976, in Pune, India, Nawaz Mirajkar hails from a proud lineage of musicians. From the tender age of seven, Nawaz began playing the tabla under the tutelage of his father, Ustad Mohammad Hanif Khan Mirajkar.
In 1988, Nawaz was awarded a scholarship by the Centre for Cultural Resources and Training, India, under the Cultural Talent Search Scholarship Scheme by the Government of India. He trained as a musician and a tabla player and graduated with the Tabla Visharad Degree (First Class), awarded by Akhil Bharathiya Ghandrva Maha Vidyalaya Mandal in 1994. In 1996, Nawaz was invited to teach tabla at the Temple of Fine Arts in Singapore. Given the cosmopolitan environment of Singapore, he continues to draw inspiration from western, oriental and Indian elements to fuel the creative process.
Besides being a Classical Soloist , Nawaz has accompanied renowned musicians from India and outside. Some of them being Sitarist Ustad Usman Khan, famous Slide Guitarist Pandit Brijbhushan Kabra, vocalist Aarti Anklikar-Tikekar, and Bombay Jayashree.
As a composer and producer. Nawaz has helmed multiple outstanding orchestral productions such as Anthar Agni, Taal Express, Water, Damaru, Tabla Repertoire For The Youth Olympic Games to name a few. Nawaz’s musical productions have always been innovative and unique, with universal appeal and full house audiences. In Damaru, the dexterity with which he blended traditional Indian classical and folk music with motifs and rhythms from a range of traditions, spanning across South American, African, Middle Eastern , Chinese, Japanese, and Aboriginal Australian cultures has resulted in repeat performances across the world .
His versatility has resulted in forays into contemporary fusion music, collaborating with musicians like renowned drummer Shivamani, jazz pianist Louis Banks, award-winning sitarist Samuel J Dass and the flamenco maestro Antonio Vergas. In 2004, he collaborated with the Singapore Chinese Orchestra to perform at the Orchestra’s National Day Concert in a multicultural composition entitled “Tempo Majulah” In 2006.
In addition to being a performing artist par excellence, Nawaz is an enthusiastic and inspiring teacher who has shaped a young generation of many aspiring percussionists through the music school the Temple of Fine Arts. His students are from multiple nationalities and include Singapore’s Minister, Mr Khaw Boon Wan. Nawaz is also a Adjunct teacher at SOTA (School of the Arts, Singapore )
To date, he has performed and conducted workshops in different countries of the world including USA, Malaysia, Philippines , Australia, Japan, Korea, China and Taiwan.
Nawaz hopes to bring the art of the tabla and percussions to greater heights by continuing to re-invent and experiment while keeping the traditions alive. He hopes to generate more new and original music from Singapore that would transcend different cultures and speak to the world. Being in the music scene of Singapore for more than a decade, his musical aspirations are to create a new musical genre that fuses Asia's rich musical heritage and give it a modern edge so as to appeal both to the youth of today and mature traditionalists.