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SwarGanga School of Indian Classical Music

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Following are the bios of the teachers associated with SwarGanga, if you wish to take a private lesson with any of the teachers please write to us about the same and we will arrange it for you.

Hindustani Vocal, Semi Classical, Light Vocal & Harmonium

Adwait Joshi

Adwait Joshi runs the Atlanta school of music and has been active in this field for the past several years. Adwait started his classical music journey by learning tabla when he was six years old. He took his intial tabla training from Mr. Tambe and later from Mr. Kane. After learning tabla for 7 years Adwait started taking training in Indian Classical Vocal. Early on Adwait learned from many teachers including his aunt Smt. Anita Kulkarni, Smt. Mita Kundu. For the past few years he has been taking advanced classical vocal training from Shri. Pritam Bhattacharjee of the Pandit Jasraj School of Music foundation who himself is a disciple of Pandit Jasraj. Along with vocal and tabla Adwait can also play harmonium extremely well.

Adwait is a founder of the SwarGanga intiative and runs this organization in two countries. Adwait has always believed in imparting the right education to students and that too in a systematic and structured way. This is the reason why SwarGanga School of Music was started.

Hindustani Vocal

Apoorva Gokhale

Born in the family that is adorned with the rich heritage of Sur, Laya, Taal over four generations, Apoorva Gokhale inherits melody, harmony and rhythm from her grandfather Late Pandit Gajananbuwa Joshi and her great-grandfather Late Pandit Antubuwa Joshi, who himself was an eminent Darbar gayak. Her formal education started at an early age of 5 years under the tutelage of Late Pandit Gajananbuwa Joshi, who was a vocalist and violinist, reputed for his versatility and making a superb blend of three gharanas namely Gwalior, Jaipur and Agra in his gayaki.

After his sad demise, she continued her further education under the supervision of her uncle Pandit Madhukar Joshi, who too is a well-known vocalist and violinist and Pandit Ulhas Kashalkar. She also received training from her father Shri Manohar Joshi. While taking lessons from these gurus she perfected her basics in Sur, Laya and Taal.

Apoorva, who has a bachelor's degree from the University of Mumbai, completed Visharad from Gandharva Mahavidyalaya under the guidance of her aunt Dr. (Smt) Sucheta Bidkar. Currently she is seeking special guidance from Pandit Shankar Abhyankar, the eminent sitarist and rachanakar and also from Smt. Manik Bhide and Smt. Ashwini Bhide. She has been awarded with the Acharya S N Ratanjankar Foundation Trust's scholarship and Pandit K G Ginde puraskar for two years.

Apoorva has performed in many prestigious concerts in Mumbai, Pune, Thane, Bangalore, Aundh, Karad, Ichalkaranji etc. She has also been honoured as "Surmani" by Sur Singar Samsad.

Hindustani Vocal, Semi Classical & Light Vocal

Varada Godbole

Varada Godbole began learning Indian Classical Music at the age of five and is an established classical vocalist of repute today. Varada also possesses the versatility and acumen for singing and performing in the light classical genres of natyasangeet, Abhang thumri and Gazals. Her contribution as a playback singer in the film Balgandharva bears testimony to this fact.

Varada received her initial training in the basics of Hindustani classical music under Smt. Lilatai Shelar. Thereafter she underwent exhaustive training in khayal gayki under the guidance of Pt. A. K. Abhyankar of Kirana Gharana. Later she also aquired the nuances of Agra Gharana from Pt. Yashwant Mahale and of Gwalior Gharana from Pt. Madhukarbua Joshi. She also had the fortune to learn from Pt. Ajay Pohankar and Dr. Sushilatai Pohankar. Further Varada learned and honed her skills in natyasangeet under the guidance of Smt. Manik Varma. Varada is MA in Music (Stood First) from University of Mumbai and Sangeetacharya (PhD Equivalent) from Gandharva Mahavidyalay. She has performed in various music festivals all across the country and is a regular performing artist of All India Radio.

Hindustani Vocal & Harmonium

Chaitanya Kunte

Chaitanya Kunte is a well known harmonium soloist, accompanist and a composer. He is a disciple of Dr. Arawind Thatte and has also received guidance from Pt. Mohanrao Karve for Hindustani Vocal music. He is one of the leading young artistes and has accompanied maestros such as Pt. Bhimsen Joshi, Pt. Ulhas Kashalkar, Pt Dinkar Kaikini, Ustad Rashid Khan, Pt. Birju Maharaj, Smt. VAsundhara Komkali, Padma Talwalkar, Shruti Sadolikar, Veena Sahasrabuddhe, Dr. Ashwini Bhide, Aarti Ankalikar and many others. Chaitanya also is a well appreciated composer.

His compositions cover a wide range of genre such as Khayal, Tappa, Tarana, Chataranga, Sadra, Saragam-geet, Thumari, Dadra, Bhajan etc. and a variety of Raags and Taals. He has composed music for Kathak dance and choreographies such as 'Amoorta', 'Rituchakra' etc. He also has scored music for several musicals for AIR, including 'Geet Govindam' of Jayadev, 'Meghadootam' of Kalidas, Sanskrit stotras of Shankaracharya, Vallabhacharya and Ramanujacharya and 'Upanishadannche Antaranga'. He has presented many theme concerts, such as 'Megha- Rang', 'Basant-Rang', 'Nayikaa-Bhaav-Tarang', 'Bhairavi-Darshan', 'Saaj Thumaricha' etc.

Hindustani Vocal

Priyal Sathe

Priyal Sathe is an upcoming young Hindustani classical vocalist in the country. Endowed with a sweet and rich vibrant voice coupled with immense dedication to her chosen vocation, Priyal’s performances have earned her wide acclaim for powerful exposition with a highly melodic appeal. Priyal was initiated into Hindustani music at a very young age. Her formal training began under the tutelage of Pt. Mohan Karve from Pune and currently she is going under training from renowned vocalist and guru Mrs. Arati Ankalikar Tikekar for past 8 years. As a student of Mrs. She has accompanied her Guru throughout the country for various programmes. Priyal also excels in semi-classical and light music genres like Thumri,dadra,kajri,hori,chaiti,abhang,bhajans and with voice so adaptive she presents all these along with Khayal at ease.

She has completed bachelors with English and masters with Music from University of Pune and is now a research student from University of Pune. Priyal has participated and won various competitions and has been awarded with renowned scholarships. She has performed at many major and minor cities of India and won accolades for the same. Blessed with a soulful voice, she has also given Playback for various plays, jingles etc. Also Excels in Japanese Language and is the First Indian Singer to Perform a Full Solo Concert of Japanese Songs in India.She was invited to perform a Japanese song for a Japanese reality show at NTV studio Tokyo by NTV,Japan,a leading television channel of Japan twice in the year 2013.

Hindustani Vocal

Praveen Karkare

Ashwini Soman began learning North Indian Classical music under the tutelage of Late Dr.Madhusudan Patwardhan and Dr.Sudha Pathwardhan. She has also received guidance from Pt. Mohan Karve for Hindustani vocal music and from Late Gajananrao Vatve for sugam sangeet.

She has completed her Sangeet Alankar from Gandharva Mahavidyalay and completed MA(ranked first) in Music from University of Mumbai.

She is performing artist of All India Radio , Pune for sugam sangeet. She has been awarded with scholarship from Department of culture, Government of India for the year 1989 to 1991 to learn Indian classical music.

Ashwini provides training of classical and sugam sangeet to many students. Under her guidance students have performed in many programs such as ‘Geet Ramayan’, ‘Sur sandhya’(Hindi and Marathi film songs were sung by students), ‘Amar jyoti’(Based on Patriotic songs) .Ashwini was accolade with Best music teacher puraskar.

Hindustani Vocal

Shubhada Athawale

Shubhada Athawale is an Sangeet Alankar from Akhil Bhartiya Gandharva Mahavidyalay. She received her training from Pt Kamlakar Joshi who was an eminent singer and guru of Gwalior gharana. She is currently receiving guidance from Smt. Jayashree Patnekar who is a well known singer of the Jaipur and Gwalior gharana and a disciple of Pt Gajananbua Joshi. Shubhada also receives guidance from Smt. Mandakini Chaphalkar who is an eminent singer of Gwalior Gharana and has performed in various stage shows. She is also an artist of All India Radio and teaches int he SNDT Women's college in Pune.

Hindustani Vocal, Semi Classical & Light Vocal

Paulami Sourabh

Paulami Sourabh Deshmukh is a young & talented classical singer. She was born in a culturally rich Marathi family. Her father Mr. Prakash Pethe is a An art director and the Principal of an art school in Mumbai. Paulami benefitted from this legacy….very much…though she chose to draw the lines from musical notes. Under the guidance of Smt. Vidya Khandwe(Disciple of Pt. Yashwantbuwa Joshi. Gwalher Gharana) she has completed Masters in Music with distinction of Mumbai University and stood second place for the same. She has been blessed to be a disciple of Padmabhushan Dr. Prabha Atre (Kirana Gharana). Paulami is fortunate enough to learn the intricacies of Gwalior style from Lt. Pt. Dr. Chandrashekhar Rele (Disciple of Pro. B. R. Deodhar and gurubandhu of Pt. Kumar Gandharva) and also from Pt. Dinkar Panshikar of Jaipur Gharana (Disciple of Pt. Nivruttibua Sarnaik).

Currently, she is under the tutelage of renouned classical singer of Jaipur Atroali Gharana, Smt. Shalmali Joshi. (Disciple of Pt. Ratnakar Pai of Jaipur Gharana). Also taking keen lessons of aesthetics and gayaki from a stalwart musician Pt. Satyasheel Deshpande (of Gwalior gharana and a disciple of Pt. Kumar Gandharwa.)Thus her music represents an interesting blend of three major styles of Hindustani Vocal tradition viz. Kirana, Jaipur and Gwalior. Interestingly she has a very keen sense of semi classical and light music too… For that, she underwent for some lessons of light music from ghazal singer Jasvinder Singh and Shri. Suhas Bawadekar [Disciple of Pt. Jitendra Abhisheki]in 2005 to 2007. She has many prizes and awards in inter-school, inter-college and state-level competitions to her credit. Paulami has given many classical solo performances at various places in India and abroad. She has also lent her voice to many Marathi films and jingles too.

Tabla

Praveen Karkare

Praveen Karkare was born on the 16th of March, 1971, in a family of music lovers. He began his early Tabla training under Pt. Sadashiv Pawar who is a disciple of Late Ustad Amir Hussain Khan, of the Luknow- Farukhabad Gharana. He trained under Pt. Sadashiv Pawar for more than 10 years. Currently he is learning from Pt. Sudhir Mainkar who is a disciple of Ustad Inam Ali Khan, of the Delhi Gharana, and Pt. Sudhirkumar Saxena, of the Ajrada Gharana. As a result, he has ample knowledge and plenty of practice of these four Gharanas. He has also participated in quite a few Tabla workshops conducted by the great Tabla maestro Ustad Zakir Hussain.

Praveen Karkare is a commerce graduate from the University of Mumbai, but then decided to direct his focus completely towards music, and become a professional Tabal artiste. He acquired a Master’s degree in Tabla from the Shivaji University, Kolhapur, and stood first in merit, in the year 2001. He then achieved a Sangeet Alankar degree, from the Akhil Bharatiya Gandharva Mahavidyalaya Mandal (Miraj), in the year 2006, in which he passed with a distinction.

He has been awarded the ‘Taal-Mani’ title from the Sur Singar Samsad, in Mumbai, in the year 1994. He has also received the Trimbak Daji Joshi award from the Akhil Bharatiya Gandharva Mahavidyalaya (Miraj), in the year 1998, for passing the Sangeet Visharad Examination with a distinction, and winning the second place in the National level.

He has experience as a teacher for more than 18 years. He is presently a faculty at Sharada Sangeet Vidyalaya, Mumbai, where he has been teaching since the year 1992. He has tutored a number of students who have won various competitions, awards, and titles. He is also a visiting faculty at the Mumbai University. He is on the panel of examiners of the Akhil Bharatiya Gandharva Mahavidyalaya (Miraj). Also an avid reader, he writes Tabla- related articles which are frequently published in periodicals like the Sangeet Kala Vihar, which is a reputable publication of the Gandharva Mahavidyalaya.