Ashis Paul was born in 1974 in Calcutta into a family of musicians. His initial training started under the guidance of his father Shri Tapan Paul at the age of five. Later on he took his lessons from Pandit Samir Chatterjee and Pandit Debnath Chakraborty respectively. Now he is learning under the able guidance of the illustrious tabla maestro Pandit Anindo Chatterjee of the Farukhhabad Gharana.
He is a prominent disciple of Pandit Anindo Chatterjee and is credited with accompanying some of the top ranking musicians of our country. He is a regular performer of all India Radio. The hall mark of Ashis's accompaniment is the richness of the 'bols' of the Farukhhabad style combined with virtuosity and sensitivity to the music itself. He is being hailed by the music lovers as one of the most sensitive Tabla accompanist of his generation. He specializes not only in accompaniment and solo performance but also in fusing with rhythmic patterns from all over the world.
At a young age, he has earned a special place among the Tabla players of his generation and is already a favourite accompanist with several leading musicians in the concert arena like Pandit Buddhadev Dasgupta, Ustad Shujaat Khan, Partha Pratim Chatterjee, Partho Sarathy, Kala Ramnath, Debashis Bhattacharya, Purbayan Chatterjee and others.
Besides being a regular performer in the All India Radio, he has already featured at noted music festivals in India and abroad. These include IMG festival, Sur Singar Samsad, Bhatkhande Sangit Samaroh in Mumbai, Ballygunje Maitreyee Musical Conference, Sangit Piyasi and Anirban Foundation in Kolkata and music conferences in Delhi, Indore, Surat and Bangalore amongst others. In 2004, he participated at the North Sea Jazz Festival in South Africa as a member of the first ever Indo-African Fusion band called "Raga Afrika". He has toured in Bangladesh, Japan, Australia and different European countries several times. He has also had the rare honour of performing in the Sydney Opera House.