Encouraged by his high-school music teacher, Shri Mukund Gaekwad, Shivprasad sought deeper proficiency in the Tabla and his quest led him to Shri Madhukar Gurav, a renowned exponent of the Ajrada Gharana and the-then head of the Department of Instruments at the Baroda Music College. This association helped Shivprasad assimilate the rich repertoire and subtleties of the Ajrada style's compositions marked by their exquisite rhythmic melody, complicated phrasing, and prominent use of the Bayan, the larger base drum often with a metallic finish.
In 2000, Shivprasad moved to the U.S. but continued pursuing his passion for the tabla by training under Pandit K. Prashant and his celebrated virtuoso father, Pandit K. Paramjyoti, disciple of Ustad Amir Hussain Khan of the Farukhabad Gharana. The father-son duo helped Shivprasad amplify his repertoire with the Farukhabad style known for its use of the ring finger and stress on sonority in addition to generous use of the Bayan. Shivprasad continues to train under Shri Paramjyoti as well as leading Farukkhabad and Benaras Gharana Tabla maestro Shri Biplab Bhattacharya from Kolkata.
Shivprasad has charmed audiences with his sheer technical brilliance, deep sensitivity, and, most importantly, unyielding passion for playing Tabla built on years of training in two different but equally distinguished styles. An acclaimed musician who enhances the art of Tabla and accentuates vocalists and instrumentalists, Shivprasad's performances - solo or accompanying leading artists - have enthralled numerous audiences both in the USA and India and have been featured on All India Radio, EBC Radio, and I-TV.
Shivprasad has several recordings with leading Hindustani Vocal and Instrumental artists and also well known Western Classical musicians.
Shivprasad Kotagal, was born in Nagpur, central India and raised in Baroda, a prominent cultural center for art and music in western India since the early 18th century. Growing up in a family of avid practitioners and aficionados of classical Hindustani and Carnatic music, Shivprasad discovered his gifted talent in the Tabla at the tender age of nine under the tutelage of Shri Anil Gadgil. Within about a year he had started performing on stage and went on to win many school and cultural competitions.