The Indian Academy of Performing Arts

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Smt. Geeta Javadekar



Dharwad, the source of brilliant gems adorning the Indian classical music scene, such as Pandits Mallikarjun Mansoor, Kumar Gandharva and Bhimsen Joshi has thrown up another sparkling jewel to perpetuate its glorious tradition. Geeta Javadekar is a name that discerning listeners have already started associating with the rich heritage of her birthplace.

Her rich and finely grained voice, with the ringing quality of bell metal, can take on the subtlest and softest nuances of any score. Crystal-clear, flowing 'taan' patterns are the hallmark of her singing. With intensive training and riyaz, she has emerged as a front ranker amongst vocalists. She is as much at ease singing light classical themes as 'bhajans' (in different languages),

'thumris', etc., as in classical forms.


Geeta was initiated into music at the age of 10 by Shri R. P. Hugar and swiftly went on to bag top honours at district and state-level contests. She topped the merit list in both, the 'Sangeet Visharad' and 'Sangeet Alankar' examinations and received a scholarship from the Mysore State Sangeet Natak Academy. She stood first in the B.A. (Music) examination of Karnataka University with a record number of marks. Academically, she crowned her career with M.A. (Honours) in English Literature. Geeta continued her tutelage under great maestros: Pt. Panchakshari, Smt. Padmavati Shaligram and Pt. Ratnakar Pai and also received guidance from Padma Vibhushan Pandit Mallikarjun Mansoor. An "A" grade artist of All India Radio and Doordarshan (India's national television network), Geeta has performed at innumerable places-including the Durbar Hall of the Mysore Palace, the Savai Gandharv Festival at Pune, The NCPA, Mumbai and at various prestigious music conferences all over India and toured abroad before.


Press Views:

The Shankara of vocalist Geeta Javadekar was the stand-out performance at the Swami Haridas Sangeet Sammelan at the Birla Krida Kendra - The Times of India (Mumbai).


I will certainly reserve in the vaults of my memory Geeta Javadekar's bibhas, which stood out in a class by itself. Crystal-clear taans, faultless voice and beautiful rendition were the qualities with which she graced the mehfil - Gomantak (Goa).


Geeta's well-moulded and controlled voice gives spacious and eloquent expression to the ideas with a good range of tone. Geeta's approach, technique and individual potential was marked by vigour and variety- The Hindu (Madras)