Carnatic Vocal Recital
Aishwarya Vidhya Raghunath with Vid. Sandeep Ramachandran and Vid. BC Manjunath
Aishwarya Vidhya Raghunath
Aishwarya Vidhya Raghunath, popularly known as AVR is a Carnatic Vocalist from Bengaluru. Her music is a deep meditation in the art of Carnatic Music and every concert of hers is an experience worth remembering.
An A-graded artiste of All India Radio and Doordarshan, Aishwarya VR has the honour of being the disciple of musical stalwarts – Sangita Kalacharya (Late) Smt Seethalakshmi Venkatesan, Padma Bhushan (Late) Shri PS Narayanaswamy, Sangeetha Kala Sagaram Smt. Vegavahini Vijayaraghavan, and Vidwan Shri RK Shriramkumar thus being moulded into the Semmangudi bani and the Veena Dhanammal bani. She began learning music at the age of 3 and her first solo public performance was at the age of 13.
She is a highly awarded artiste; having received the prestigious “Outstanding Lady Vocalist” Award from Madras Music Academy for three consecutive years. She is also the recipient of important awards like the Kalki Krishnamurthy Award, M.S. Subbulakshmi Award, Yuva Purandara, D.K. Pattammal Award, Raga Laya Prabha, and the prestigious Govt. of India Scholarship from the Ministry of Culture.
Academically, Aishwarya is a Biotech Engineer and worked for a while as an executive at Biocon. She is now a full-time musician and lives with her husband and puppies in Bengaluru.
Hindustani Vocal Recital
Dr. Radhika Joshi with Surya Upadhyay and Sumith Naik
Dr. Radhika Joshi is an accomplished artist in the field of Hindustani classical music, hailing from the prestigious Jaipur Atrauli Gharana. Under the guidance of Pt. Raghunandan Panshikar, a disciple of the legendary Gaansaraswati Kishori Amonkar, Radhika has diligently honed her vocal prowess. Her musical journey also led her to explore semi-classical forms such as Thurmi, Kajri, Hori, and Dadra, under the esteemed Padmabhushan Smt. Girija Devi at the Sangeet Research Academy, Kolkata.
In recent years, Radhika has graced numerous prestigious music festivals both in India and abroad, including notable venues such as Ustad Abdul Karim Khan Smriti Samiti, Deval Club, and the Dadar Matunga Cultural Center. Her melodious voice has resonated at Sangit Kala Mandir, Gayan Sabha, Sangeet Sankalp – Saptak, Pt. Bundi Maharaj Charitable Society, and several more.
Radhika’s dedication to her craft has not gone unnoticed, as she is a recipient of the National Scholarship for Performing Arts from the Government of India and holds a coveted position as a graded artist of All-India Radio. Notably, as part of the G20 celebrations, All India Radio invited her to perform a special concert of semi-classical music at Akashvani and Doordarshan.
Radhika is not only a performer but also a passionate educator and advocate for preserving the rich tradition of Hindustani music. Her commitment to introducing the basics of Indian classical music to children resulted in her authorship of the book “Phulwari Geeton Ki,” now adopted as a music curriculum in several Pune schools. Furthermore, Radhika is the visionary founder of Jaipur Gunijankhana, an archive in Pune dedicated to the documentation and preservation of Hindustani music, with a particular focus on the Jaipur Atrauli Gharana. Her dedication to this mission earned her the Museum and Research Fellowship from the India Foundation for the Arts in Bangalore.
In addition to her musical achievements, Radhika holds a master’s in economics from Tufts University, Boston, and a PhD in Economics from the Indian Institute of Management, Bangalore. Her decision to pursue a full-time career in music demonstrates her unwavering commitment to her art and its profound cultural significance.
हिंदी बोले तो बोले के गंवार हैं: A Performance
Kavish Seth is an independent singer, songwriter, and poet who writes and composes primarily in Hindustani. He invented and patented an instrument ‘Noori’ – an evolution from guitar, rabab, oud and sarod. He has performed across 72 cities, villages, and towns in India and twice overseas – in Moscow and Tel Aviv, Israel.
His musical project is named Zubaan; where independent artists from different musical and linguistic backgrounds come together, collaborate and perform across the mainland. More info on Zubaan can be found here at The Better India: Story of Zubaan.
He was recently awarded as the Most talented upcoming musician by Piyush Goyal, Devendra Fadnavis in NavBharat Times award ceremony.
ಯಕ್ಷಗಾನ ತಾಳಮದ್ದಳೆ – Yakshagana Tala-Maddale: Music and Dialogue
Jabbar Samo, Purushothama Bilimale, Avinash Shetty with Arjun Kordel (Bhagavatha), Avinash Baipadittaya (Chende) and Prithvi Badekkila (Maddale)
Arjun Kordel has more than 15 years of experience in the field of Yakshagana as a Bhagavatha. He is also a well-versed artist in playing Chende and Maddale. He has been running a yakshagana institute in Bangalore for the past 10 years. He also provides tenku tittu yakshagana costumes in and around Bangalore.
Avinash Baipadittaya is the son and student of great Yakshagana personalities, the State Award Winning Couple and Yakshagana teachers Smt Leelavathi Baipadithaya and Sri Harinarayana Baipadithaya.
He is a Tech Writer, Columnist and Currently Editor of the Digital Platform, Prajavani newspaper.
Yakshagana is his passion since birth, and he started playing Mrudanga and Chende at the age of 6 years itself. He played the Yakshagana instruments along with his parents and other artists across Coastal Karnataka. He has been continuing the hobby in Bengaluru for the past 12 years.
Avinash Shetty is a well-known yakshagana artist based in Bangalore. He is the son of renowned yakshagana artist Ubaradka Umesh Shetty. Avinash acquired mastery in yakshagana under the guidance of his father. He started performing at the age of eight. He has two decades of experience in the field of yakshagana. Rama, Krishna, Vishnu, Drona, Kourava, Karna and Sudhanva are characters he loves to play.
A post-graduate in Biotechnology, MBA and MDP from IIM Calcutta, Avinash has worked in various Biotech MNCs and now cofounded a firm named Fusion Scientific in Bangalore. By profession he is an Entrepreneur but his love and passion for Yakshagana is unmatched.
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Prithvi Badekkila, a software engineer based in Bangalore, finds his passion in Yakshagana and classical music. Trained in Tabla by Pt. Gurumurthy Vaidya and Yakshagana Chende -Maddale from his father Ravishankar Badekkila. He has showcased his musical prowess in solo performances, jugalbandis, and prestigious stages earning accolades and recognition.
Dr. Purushothama Bilimale has served for many years as Professor of Kannada at the Kannada University, Hampi, and then as a Director at the American Institute of Indian Studies, New Delhi. He established the Kannada Language Chair, Centre of Indian Languages, JNU and served as its first Professor.
Prof. Bilimale is a teacher, organizer, writer, and columnist, who helped students and researchers for over forty years. He has had extensive experience in the area of Indian Language, Literature and culture. A long-time student of Yakshagana (a South Indian folk performing art), he has learned and performed Yakshagana for the last 30 years.
He has 28 books to his credit. His autobiography, ‘Kage muttida neeru’ (Crow-Touched Water) has received the Karnataka Sahitya Academy Award.