Mitel Purohit was born in London and began playing music at a very young age. At school, he took violin lessons and dabbled in saxophone and keyboards with friends, but his real passion was for Tabla drumming, and he took to Tabla quite naturally.
His first teacher was Pandit Markande Mishra, followed by lessons for a few years with Shri Chandrakant Sankadecha; later he deepened his learning with Pandit Sanju Sahai from Benares.
Mitel Purohit is currently one of the most sought-after Tabla percussionists in the UK. His rigorous training in the Benaras style of Tabla, twinned with his passion for world music, are evident in his musical expression and versatility.
He has worked with the London Philharmonic Orchestra on Jonathan Mayer’s composition, “Dissecting Desh”, and in live performance has accompanied such internationally famed musicians and musician-composers as Jagjit Singh, Rahat Fateh Ali Khan, Pandit Rajan Sajan Mishra, Jonathan Mayer, Sheema Mukherjee, and Johnny Kalsi. He has also performed at the personal invitation of the legendary Sir Paul McCartney, and performed with Bill Bailey at Wembley Arena and Fringe, as part of Bill Bailey’s 2007 Tinselworm tour.
Mitel has performed all over the world, including Russia, Montenegro, Italy, France, Switzerland, Germany, Kenya, Tanzania, and Zimbabwe, and his fixtures diary is studded with illustrious musical names. In recordings, his playing features in Sheema Mukherjee’s album “Sheema”, in Jonathan Mayer’s album “Out of Genre”, and in Johnny Kalsi’s album “Drumstruck”.