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Date & Time

Monday Mon, 23 Jan 2023


Location (for BIC Venue, BIC Hybrid and BIC Cafe)

Bangalore International Centre
7, 4th Main Road, Domlur II Stage
Bangalore, Karnataka 560071 India
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+91 98865 99675 bic@bangaloreinternationalcentre.org

Murali Mohana Gowda , a practitioner of the Dagar school of Dhrupad, will be presenting a recital on the Rudraveena with a demonstration of Gayaki Ang (Vocal elements).

The performance will focus on exploring vocal elements of Dagarbani on the instrument. Through the performance, the artists will try to tell the story of the evolution of Indian Music in general. Murali  will be accompanied on the Pakhawaj by Shri Rututraj Bhaktraj Bhosle from Maharashtra.

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Murali Mohan Gowda

Dhrupad Musician

Murali started his musical journey a decade ago which took him to various teachers of music from various parts of India. He was trained by Pt. Srinivas Mukashi, a senior disciple Pt. Hariprasad Chaurasia, on the flute, in Bangalore. Later, he discovered his passion for multiple instruments and joined Dhrupad Sansthan, Bhopal where he spent next ten years learning Dhrupad on the Rudraveena and Vocals from Pt. Ramakant Gundecha and Pt. Umakant Gundecha.

During his stay in the Gurukul, he made frequent trips to Udaipur and Kolkata to learn the intricacies of Dhrupad from Pt. Rajashekar Vyas and Pt. Asit Kumar Banerjee, respectively. After the sexual harassment allegations against  Gundecha Brothers in 2020, Murali disassociated himself from the Gurukul.

Murali has travelled to various parts of India and performed at several reputed platforms that include the NCPA, Mumbai, IGNCA, Delhi, Ramakrisna Mission, Golpark, Kolkata, ICCR, Kolkata, Kalakshetra, Chennai, Royal Albert Hall, Jaipur, Sanskriti Bhavan, Patto, Goa, LV Prasad Auditorium, Hyderabad, Sevasadan, Bangalore and Krishnamurthy Foundation India, Bangalore.

Ruturaj Bhaktraj Bhosle


Coming from a long lineage of musicians of the “Varkari Sampradaya” tradition, he had the privilege to be able to imbibe musical values right from birth through his father, his first Pakhawaj Guru. His grandfather was a well renowned Kirtan
singer, thus giving him a good understanding of vocal music too. This upbringing helped shape a holistic approach to Pakhawaj playing.

He has won a series of awards including the Balshree President Award, Government of India, 2011; Kala Vikas Puraskar, Bhimsen Music Foundation, Gadag, 2017; Late Pt. Vasantrao Ghorpadkar Memorial Award, 2019 and AIR Music Compitition Special Prize, 2018.

Prajval Shastri


Prajval Shastri is an astrophysicist of nearly four decades. She got her PhD from the Tata Institute of Fundamental Research and after post-doctoral research positions in the University of Texas at Austin, University of California at Berkeley and the Harvard-Smithsonian Centre for Astrophysics she was a faculty of the Indian Institute of Astrophysics, Bengaluru for 23 years. She investigates the physics of giant black holes that are found in the centres of distant galaxies and how they influence the evolution of galaxies like our Milky Way. For this, she uses telescopes at multiple frequencies including radio, visible, ultraviolet and x-rays, based on earth as well as in space. She has been a Fulbright fellow at Stanford University and is currently Adjunct Professor at the International Centre for Radio Astronomy Research, Australia.

Prajval is extremely passionate about science outreach. She believes that the cultivation of scientific thinking is for everyone, uses astrophysics as a vehicle to engage lay audiences of all ages with these questions, and works for the peoples science movement towards this goal.

She is also deeply concerned about the inequities in the sciences and attempts to bring an intersectional lens to the endeavours to mitigate them. She is founder and past chair of the Gender in Physics Working Group of the Indian Physics Association and member of the Working Group for Gender Equity of the Astronomical Society of India. She is vice-chair designate of the Women in Physics Working Group of the International Union of Pure and Applied Physics and on the Executive Committee for the International Year of Basic Sciences for Sustainable Development.

In addition to her research publications, her published work includes popular articles on astrophysics, and on the subject of science and society, examples of which are, ‘Einstein proven right again’ (HT), ‘Was Carl Sagan right about life on Venus?’ (HT), ‘The (un)scientific temper of India’ (HT), ‘Will physics un-gender itself in the new decade?’ (HT), and ‘Equality is everyone’s work’ (Indian Express).