The art of accompaniment on tabla in Indian classical music is a very subtle and a difficult one. Many try it, but only a very few become successful in it and are recognized for how they embellish the performance of the main artiste. When it comes to providing accompaniment to a classical vocalist the job of a tabla accompanist is even more difficult. Vishwanath Shirodkar is one of those few who exemplifies these qualities. His knowledge of vocal music gives him an added advantage and has therefore been recognized as one of the best accompanists of the younger generation.
He was initiated into tabla by Shree Suryakant Naik, and later on he received training from Pandit Vaibhav Nageshkar. At present, he is receiving advanced training from Pandit Suresh Talwalkar, who is one of the most revered teacher of tabla. Vishwanath has accompanied many well known vocalists as well as instrumental musicians. These include Padma Talwalkar, Rashid Khan, Ashwini Bhide-Deshpande, C. R. Vyas, Shobha Gurtu, Malini Rajurkar, Shubha Mudgal, Veena Sahasrabuddhe, Rakesh Chaurasia, Brij Narayan, N. Rajam, Ulhas Bapat and Zarin Daruwala.
Vishwanath is a graduate in engineering but devotes all of his time to classical music. He has toured U.S.A., Canada, South America, the Middle East and has performed in all major cities of India.