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Date & Time

Thursday Thu, 30 Nov 2023

Location

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

Lord Krishna has undisputedly been the centre stage of compositions in Indian music, be it about his symbolism with the clouds, the rain, association with Radha and Meera, his ras leela with the gopis in Vrindavan or as the revered incarnation Lord Vitthala.

Two vocalists from Pune – Ruturaj Kolpe and Sanjana Salunkhe – celebrate the many moods of Krishna with  an evening of music rooted in the diverse semi-classical forms of ashtapadi, haveli sangeet, bandish, bhajan, gavlan, abhang, hori and rasiya. They will be accompanied by Shantanu Deshmukh on the tabla and Tejas Katoti on the harmonium.

Performers

Ruturaj Kolpe

Vocals

Ruturaj Kolpe is an emerging, consummate Indian classical vocalist of the Gwalior Gharana, whose virtuosity, and technical prowess have been honed over years of dedicated practice and training under renowned gurus and academicians, namely Vidushi Dr. Meeta Pandit and Dr. Sandhya Kathavate. He is a recipient of the prestigious Pt. Padmakar Kulkarni Yuva Puraskar at the 25th Swarsagar Festival, Pt. Ratilal Bhavsar Puraskar from Naadbrahma Pariwar, Pt. Ram Mate Smruti Yuva Gayak Puraskar from Gaanwardhan, Pune and the Swaramayee Gurukul – Dr. Prabha Atre Foundation Special Award at the hands of Padmavibhushan Dr. Prabha Atre, including the Anubhav Gurukul Scholarship from SPICMACAY.

Academically, he holds a Bachelor’s degree in pharmaceutical sciences from the University of Mumbai and Sangeet Alankar from the Akhil Bharatiya Gandharva Mahavidyalaya Mandal, Mumbai and is an incoming masters student at the University of Technology, Sydney.

Sanjana Salunkhe

Vocals

A winner at the Tanrang National Level Music Competition of Radio FM 107.8, Sanjana Salunkhe is a disciple of Smt. Shruti Joshi, who is a senior disciple of Pt. Ajoy Chakraborty of the Patiala Gharana. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science and is a Sangeet Visharad from the Akhil Bharatiya Gandharva Mahavidyalaya Mandal, Mumbai and is currently pursuing a Masters in Music and Philosophy respectively.

Shantanu Deshmukh

Tabla

Trained under celebrated gurus like Pt. Suresh Samant, Pt. Arvind Kumar Azad, Pt. Shubhankar Banerjee and now, Pt. Yogesh Samsi, Shantanu Deshmukh is a rare blend of the aesthetics of the Punjab, Farukhabad and Benaras gharanas of Tabla. He has accompanied stalwarts such as Ustad Shahid Parvez Khan, Ustad Shakir Khan, and toured for SPICMACAY, ICCR and internationally in Morocco for the Association du Festival Fes de la Culture Soufie 2022. He has completed his Masters in Music from Lalit Kala Kendra, University of Pune and has recently composed background music for the short film Bliss of Letter.

Tejas Katoti

Harmonium

Tejas Katoti was initiated into music under maestro Pt. Rambhau Bijapure. He continued his musical education under his father Dr. Ravindra Gururaj Katoti. He was a recipient of the C.C.R.T. Scholarship, Ministry of Human and Cultural Resources from 2019-21.

He is recognised as a ‘B High grade’ artist by the Musical Audition Board, A.I.R. He completed his Bachelors degree at the College of Fine Arts, Karnataka Chitrakala Parishad and is currently pursuing his Masters degree at the School of Performing Arts, Bharatiya Vidyapeeth.