Mukta Raste began her musical life as a student of Indian classical vocals and harmonium, before switching over to the tabla, an instrument which has earned her nationwide acclaim. Consistently rated as a top performer at national tabla competitions, Mukta has earned prestigious awards from the Indian Ministry of Culture, Joan Memorial Scholarship and other nonprofits. “In tabla playing, each ‘Taal’ is set in a rhythmic cycle yet it grants immense scope for improvisation and sets free my imagination. I feel this should be relevant to our society also,” explains Mukta, who continues to search for new ways to engage her community through the arts. Along with her constant gigging, Mukta has worked extensively with WIFT (Women in Film and Television) at U.S Consulate Mumbai along with other socially focused organizations engaging with women and the disabled.