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First Light will present young Hindustani and Carnatic musicians in an intimate setting. Once a month, on Sunday mornings, these thoughtfully curated concerts will feature a group of talented, sensitive and thinking musicians from across India. They will attempt to engage with their respective lineages and the traditional material they have received in distinctive ways. The musicians are encouraged to present a concert repertoire that reflects their long years of training, core aesthetic influences and values as well as their individual outlooks and interpretation. They will speak to the audiences and share critical aspects of the cultural and social histories of their art form, the compositions and their creative processes when they prepare for a concert.
These concerts by young musicians are a part of Kishima Arts Foundation’s Indian Classical Music & Performing Arts Public Digital Archive Project which seeks to document rare and traditional compositions and art forms. The three Hindustani musicians who will launch the series are the Hindustani Vocalist Keyur Kurulkar, Harmonium Artist Saumitra Kshirsagar and Tabla Artist Parth Tarabadkar. All three musicians are based in Pune.
Photos courtesy of Tejas Shelke.
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Keyur is a young vocalist having diverse musical repertoire and a thoughtful understanding of musical forms. He was initiated into music by Smt Ranjana Bhide and Shri Chandrakant Naik from an early age. This followed a rigorous taleem (training) of over a decade under guru Pandit Vijay Koparkar. His taleem under Pandit Sharad Sathe broadened his understanding of the nuances of Khayal and Gwalior Gayaki (Style). He has a bachelor’s degree in Mechanical engineering and is pursuing a master’s in Robotics from RWTH Aachen, Germany.
Along with his taleem he has an academic outlook towards music, presenting compositions and raag-s from archives and finding links between art music and folk musical forms.
He is a recipient of scholarship for Young artists awarded by the Ministry of Culture under Centre for Cultural Resources and Training (CCRT) and has received awards named after two luminaries of Gwalior Gayaki in Maharashtra – Pandit D V Paluskar and Pandit Narharbuwa Patankar.
Saumitra is a leading young Harmonium soloist and accompanist, having a rich musical repertoire and also excels in the theoretical aspects of Hindustani Art Music. His rigorous taaleem of more than two decades under noted musicologists and eminent Guru‐s Dr. Chaitanya Kunte, Dr. Arawind Thatte and Dr. Dhananjay Daithankar have broadened his reasoning and musical sensibilities in the wider perspective of Indian Music. In addition to being the First Rank holder at his post‐graduation degree (M.A. Music), Saumitra graduated in computer engineering from Pune University with distinction.
With many solo performances to his credit, Saumitra has accompanied several maestros like Pt. Madhup Mudgal, Pt.
Raghunandan Panshikar, Pt. Kedar Bodas, Vid. Manjiri Asnare‐Kelkar, Rahul Deshpande, Vid. Anuradha Kuber, Vid. Manjusha Patil‐Kulkarni, and many others in performances across India.
Saumitra presents the Khayal‐ang, Tantakari (Gat) ang, and other forms such as Tappa on the Harmonium with dexterity. He has documented and recorded over 400 compositions as a part of a research project under Pune University.
Parth is a young and upcoming Tabla Player and was initiated to Tabla by Shri. Vidyanand Deshpande. He further received rigorous training from Pandit Vinayak Phatak and then under the tutelage of Pandit Ramdas Palsule. Since 2016 he is a scholar student of Awartan Gurukul, Pune. His keen attention to all aspects of Hindustani music makes him a well rounded tabla player – a thoughtful soloist and a well-balanced accompanist. He holds a Bachelor of Engineering in Electronics and Telecommunications, University of Pune (2019).
Along with solo performances he also has accompanied his Guru Ramdas Palsule at several concerts with senior performers like Dr Dhananjay Daithankar, Vid Anuradha Kuber, Vid Manjusha Patil-Kulkarni, Dr Chaitanya Kunte. He is a recipient of scholarships in junior as well as senior category, awarded by Centre for Cultural Resources and Training (CCRT), Ministry of Culture, Government of India (2011 and 2018 respectively).