Hailing from the tribal region of Arunachal Pradesh, India, Nabam has managed to forge an identity firmly in the vanguard of innovative artists while respecting and building on the deep roots of his culture. Nominated as one of the India’s “Top 5 Guitar Players” by Guitar Player Magazine in 2020, he utilizes his firm command of both voice and instrument to convey deeply personal narratives of introspection.
Takar developed his signature sound in the fertile independent music scene of New Delhi, incorporating multiple aspects of the sounds and culture he was exposed to. The spirit of western rock lit the fire early, while later immersion in jazz, world music, and the art of songwriting led him to establish a wider palate of colors and techniques for expression. His resulting body of work shows a young artist eager to learn from his heroes while building his own musical legacy- always original, always sensitive to what the music calls for.
His 2018 album This Home, That Home was released to rave reviews, and was featured extensively on multiple playlists, including “Top Ten Indian Releases” on Apple Music. Highlighting it on its “Top 10 Summer Songs” playlist, Rolling Stone India called it, “adrenaline-fed rock… The Jazz influence is very much ever-present, as is playful guitar, but he shines best when he amps up.”
The Score Magazine sang praises of Takar’s 2016 debut album Same Sky– “While simple in his approach, Takar surprises us with unconventional melodic changes, some juicy harmonies and eccentric progressions…”
Nabam’s music has taken him throughout Asia to perform, including major festivals in India such as NH7 Weekender, Ziro Festival of Music and renown venues like The Piano Man, High Spirits, and Evening Club. Having performed in the neighboring countries of Bhutan, Singapore, and Myanmar, Takar has expanded his scope of touring, including appearances at New York City’s Rockwood Music Hall and SoFar Sounds, and is planning more shows in Asia, North America and Europe in 2021.