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Hindustani Vocalist
Tabla Player
Harmonium Player
Hindustani Vocalist

Date & Time

Sunday Sun, 14 May 2023


Bangalore International Centre
7, 4th Main Road, Domlur II Stage
Bangalore, Karnataka 560071 India

The First Light concert and conversation series will present young Hindustani and Carnatic musicians in an intimate and informal setting. Every alternate month, on a Sunday morning, these thoughtfully curated concerts will feature a group of young, emerging musicians who are talented, sensitive and capable of independent thinking and critical enquiry, from across India.

They will attempt to engage with their respective lineages and the traditional as well as specially the lesser performed material they have received, in distinctive ways. The musicians are encouraged to present a repertoire that reflects their long years of training, core aesthetic influences and values as well as their individual outlooks and interpretation.

In addition, for the first time, we will invite a young musician colleague who will serve as an interlocutor and intermediary between the performing musicians and the audience. This colleague will speak to the audiences and the musicians to share critical aspects of the cultural and social histories of the art form, the compositions and their creative processes, drawing listeners into the prep and backstory of a concert. At the end of the concert, the colleague musician will lead a brief Q&A session. The Bangalore based Hindustani vocalist Aniruddh Aithal has agreed to play this role for this concert.

In this third concert of the series, Siddharth Belmannu, a vocalist from the Kirana and Gwalior lineages will present a set of compositions from the wider Indian art music repertoire by such Masters as Pandit Jagannathbuwa Purohit, Pandit Ramashray Jha, Pandit SN Ratanjankar, and his Guru Pandit VinayakTorvi. He will also share his thoughts and experiences as a listener, student and young practitioner while preparing for this concert. He will be accompanied by Sumith Naik on tabla and Sameer Havaldar on harmonium.

These concerts and conversations featuring young musicians are a part of Kishima Arts Foundation’s Indian Classical Music & Performing Arts Public Digital Archive Project 2022-28 which seeks to document Gurus/senior artists and also encourage younger, talented classical musicians to delve deeper into their traditions to try and present lesser performed and exquisite compositions along with stories of their respective lineages.

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Siddhartha Belmannu

Hindustani Vocalist

Siddhartha Belmannu, a young talented musician hailing from Karkala in Udupi district of Karnataka. Discerning his musical talent, his parents, enrolled him for initial training in Carnatic Classical Music. Later, he was exposed to Hindustani Classical Music and continued his studies under the tutelage of Sri P R Manjunath, a well known Hindustani musician. At a very young age Siddhartha had already demonstrated tremendous progress and yearned to become a full fledged performing artist. For the last 12 years he has been training with Pandit Vinayak Torvi of Gwalior and Kirana Gharana.

He has been performing since the age of 19 at prestigious platforms in India as well as abroad where he has often toured with his Guru.

Siddhartha has also been performing Solos and Jugalbandi with various Hindustani and Carnatic vocalists and instrumentalists. He has worked with The Grammy Winning composer Ricky Kej for many of his live concerts and projects on environmental awareness. He has performed Indian classical fusions with various artistes. Siddhartha received a special mention in Forbes ‘30 under 30’ – 2021 list in the music category.

Sumith Naik

Tabla Player

Sumith Naik, is a talented young tabla artist from Kerala and now settled in Bangalore. Pandit Naveen Pai and Dr Udayraj Karpur have been his Gurus in Kochi and Bangalore respectively.

He has accompanied many renowned Hindustani and Carnatic Classical musicians including Padmashri Pt. Venkatesh Kumar, Pt. Arun Kashalkar, Vidushi Shruti Sadolikar, Pt. Nityanand Haldipur, Ustad Faiyaz Khan, Pt. Jayateerth Mevundi, Pt. Sudhakar Deole, Vid. Lalit J Rao, Dr. Ravindra Katoti, Pt. Parameshwar Hegde, Vid M. Chandrashekaran, Vid. Patri Satish Kumar, Pt. Somnath Mardur, Pt. Upendra Bhat, Dr. Jyothi Kale, Vidwan O.S.Arun, Vid. Shankaran Namboodiri, Vidushi. Sangeeta Katti Kulkarni, Vid. Shriram Parasuram and several others across the country.

Sameer Havaldar

Harmonium Player

Sameer Havaldar hails from a family of musicians. His first guru is Pt. Prabhudeva Salimath in Talikoti. Later he learnt Harmonium under the tutelage of Pt. Panchaksharaiah Hiremath. Sameer is a graduate in Psychology and holds a Master’s degree in Mass Communication and Journalism. He has accompanied many senior artists of our country on the harmonium. He has performed all over India and has travelled extensively to UK and USA for performances. Sameer is continuing his vocal training under his brother Omkarnath Havaldar. He is learning western piano from Gautam Shenoy.

Aniruddh Aithal

Hindustani Vocalist

Aniruddh Aithal is a young Hindustani vocalist based in Bangalore. As a ten year old he began to learn from Smt Geeta Garud Prithviraj, daughter and disciple of the legendary maestro Pandit GS Garud. Aniruddh is currently learning from Dr Ashok Huggannavar, a disciple of the legendary Maestros Pandit Lingaraj Buwa Yaraguppi, Pandit Basavaraj Rajguru and Pandit Sangameshwar Gurav. As a musician, he is among  those fine young talents that are technically sound and also aesthetically pleasing. Aniruddh has also completed his engineering degree and
considers himself a representative of contemporary classical musicians, modern, confident and articulate.