Meet the 11-Year-Old Drummer Who’s Made AR Rahman a Fan

Raghav Mehrotra has stunned the world with his drumming skills. The 11-year-old from New Jersey is also plays the African djembe, Peruvian cajón drum, Latin bongo, and the tabla.

Eleven-year-old Raghav Mehrotra is a star in the making. This incredibly talented drummer is an Indian American who lives in New Jersey. From a very young age Raghav used to make people sit up and take notice.

His latest admirer, however, is no ordinary person. AR Rahman, the musical genuis himself, took to his Facebook page to acknowledge Raghav.

Welcome to the music club, young chap ✋

Posted by A.R. Rahman on Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Raghav, who has had a flair for drumming since the age of three, attends the School of Rock in Princeton for his music lessons. According to Dante Cimono, Raghav’s drums teacher, “He inspires both our younger and older students as well as our teachers, and he’s an amazing representative of School of Rock’s performance-based music programme.”

At an early age, Raghav showed interest in drums. As a baby, he would always be tapping his hands on every surface. His parents, Pooja and Gaurav Mehrotra, bought him a mini drum set and from then on he has only progressed to bigger and better things. His parents chose to enroll him in the school as they thought it would be the best place for him to develop his talents. He also plays the African djembe, Peruvian cajón drum, Latin bongo, and the tabla.

Raghav also has the distinction of being one of the youngest persons to tour with the School of Rock’s AllStars group – a prestigious group including some of the best musicians from Schools of Rock across the nation. Every summer the AllStars embark on a tour, holding live shows throughout the country.

Raghav’s musical inspirations are Led Zeppelin, Dire Straits, Guns N’ Roses, The Rolling Stones, Jet and so on.

Here’s Raghav performing Tower of Power’s – What is Hip


His love and aptitude for music clearly shows in his work. More power to you, Raghav.

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