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Chandrika Kamath
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Dr. Smt. Chandrika Kamath is the disciple of Pt. Rajshekhar Mansur, the doyen of the Jaipur Atrauli Gharana. She has been under his tutelage in the traditional Guru Shishya Parampara since 2006 and is continuing to train under him. Pt. Rajshekhar Mansur is the son and disciple of the great Pt. Mallikarjun Mansur. His father has bequeathed on him a repertoire of rare and aprachalit ragas of the Jaipur Atrauli Tradition. Chandrika has had the good fortune of imbibing this rich treasure of ragas from her Guru. In keeping with her Guruji’s ideology, she is intent on maintaining the purity of the Jaipur Atrauli Gayaki and giving currency to the aprachalit and sankirna raagas. She has a soothing and classical voice. She sings complex raagas with ease and comfort. For the last seven years, she has been giving vocal support to her illustrious guru in many prestigious music festivals like Tansen Samaroh, Gwalior ; Virasat, IIT Mumbai; Isha Foundation, Yaksha Dance and Music festival, Combatore; Spic Macay Concerts ; Dhwani, BKF Foundation, Bangalore; Smriti Nandan Cultural Centre, Bangalore etc.
She has also given solo performances in many prestigious concerts like,The Chandigarh Sangeeth Sammelan, Chandigarh- Indian National Theatre, National Music Festival, Dharwad – Dr Mallikarjun Mansur National Memorial Trust (Dec 2011, Centenary Celebration of Pandit Mallikarjun Mansur),Shree Jagadguru Ajath Nagalinga Mahaswami Aaradhana, Navalgund, Karnataka,Shri Kashimath Venkataraman Temple, Hubli, Samskritika Sanje, Hubli-Kannada Samsritik Ilakha. Govt. Of Karnataka, Avani Rasika Ranga, Dharwad, the Music Festival during Navaratri Celebration in Ramakrishna Vivekananda Ashram Hubli., Iyer Foundation at Matunga , Mumbai, Tansen Festival, Gwalior, Veena Sheshanna Bhavan , Mysore etc. She has also performed in many Baithaks or house concerts in Hubli, Mysore, Udupi, Mumbai. She has been rendering her Seva Before the Samadhi of Pt. Mallikarjun Mansur every year since 2011. Her articles on Music and the Jaipur Atrauli Gayaki have been published by Omenad, Indore. Her rendering of rare ragas, feature on You Tube. In collaboration with her Guru she has translated Pt. Mallikarjun Mansur’s autobiography “Rasa Yatra – My Journey into Music”, from Kannada to English and it has been published by prestigious Roli books, New Delhi.
Dr. Chandrika Kamath has a doctrate in the Post Colonial Studies from the Karnataka University, Dharwad. Her Guru has great faith that she will ably shoulder the responsibility and carry on the legacy of Pt. Mallikarjun Mansur’s Jaipur Atrauli Gharana Gayaki. She walks in the footsteps of her great master with devotion, dedication and Guru Bhakti.
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