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Asha Khadilkar
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Yashwantbua Joshi
Jitendra Abhisheki
Manik Varma
Vasantrao Deshpande
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Born in Sangli, Maharashtra, India in 1955 , Asha took her first lessons in music under the guidance of Late Shri. Balkrishnabuva Mohite and rendered her first concert in Classical Music at the age of thirteen. After moving to Mumbai in 1975 after marriage, Asha honed her talent and skills under the guidance of the legendary Marathi singer Late Padmashree Manik Varma. She also received training from Pt. Yashwantbuwa Joshi, Pt. Vasantrao Deshpande & Pt. Jitendra Abhisheki. She has consciously adapted to the best flavours of Gwalior, Kirana and Agra Gharanas,under the guidance of several music maestros such as Pandit Yashwantbuva Joshi, Pandit Shankar Abhyankar, Pandita Padmavati Shaligram, Late Padmashree Jitendra Abhisheki, Late Vasantrao Deshpande. Along with her penchant for Indian Classical Music and its derivatives, she is well known for her command over Traditional Marathi form "Natya Sangeet", Bhavgeet and Bhajans.

Asha has also demonstrated her creative flair for music direction and classical bandish compositions. She has composedd music for 2 Marathi Musical Plays - "Sangeet Aradhana" & "Sangeet Kaviraj Jaydev". She has presented some thematic concerts such as Hori Rang Rangilee¯, Sawan Rang¯, Ritu Rang and Rachanakar ko pranam¯. She has participated in programmes like "Swarabhishek", "Manik-Moti".

Since 1994, Asha along with her husband Shri Madhav Khadilkar are spearheading 'Uttung Sanskrutik Pariwar Trust', a socio-cultural organization in Mumbai. This organization works to provide a platform to upcoming talent in the field of Music, Dance, Theatre and Literature as well as to honour deserving people with Annual 'Uttung Puraskar' to recognize their significant contribution to any of these creative fields.

Awards:
Awarded for contribution to Semi-Classical Music by Government of Maharashtra Cultural Wing
'Swar-Ratna' Award by Marathi TV channel 'Sahyadree'
Padmashree Manik Verma Award
Pandit Kumar Gandharva Award
Natasamrat Bal Gandharva Award at the hands of the legendary singer Late Smt Hirabai Badodekar
'Best Music Composer in Marathi Theatre' award by Government of Maharashtra
Felicitation by Government of Maharashtra on International Women's Day
Sangeet Shiromani Award at Banaras
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