A commerce graduate, NIRMAL MONDAL was born in Siliguri (North Bengal). He had the privilege of learning Tabla from renowned Gurus and Ustads of different Gharanas – initially from Shri Lalu Chaki and Shri Batuk Jee, and later from Pt. Lachhu Maharaj of Banaras Gharana and Tabla Maestro Ustad Lateef Ahmed Khan of Delhi Gharana.
He achieved Sanget Prabhakar from Prayag Sangeet Samiti, Allahabad and is Grade-A artist with All India Radio. He has performed in various music and dance conferences with India’s top ranking musicians, vocalists and Kathak dancers in India and abroad. He has also participated in the Festivals of India abroad.
He was on deputation through ICCR as a Tabla teacher-cum-Performer at Guyana from 1993-1997 and at Nepal from 2009-2011. He has retired from Kathak Kendra in 2016 after 30 years as Tabla Vadak & Tabla Prashikshak.
He was awarded Sangeet Bhushan Samman by the Society for Action Through Music (SAM), Delhi in 2016.