Indian Academy of Performing Arts

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Event Details


18th Annual Sangeet Prabhat



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Together with Rutgers Indian Graduate Students Association

Proudly Presents


18th Annual Sangeet Prabhat


Sunday, 19th April, 2008

9.30 am to 1.00 pm


Place: Food & Science Auditorium

Rutgers University, East Brunswick, NJ




Swagata Chakraborty(Vocal)     Vishwas Shirgaokar (Vocal)

Arun Ramamurthy(Violin)




Amod Dandawate (Tabla)            Kedar Naphade (Harmonium)

Akshay Anantapadmanabhan (Mridangam)


Admission: Students $10, IAPA Life Members $15, All Others  $20

(Contribution includes light snacks)


RSVP by April 13


Please send checks (payable to IAPA) to:

c/o Krishna Hegde, 15 Woodgate Drive, Monmouth Junction, NJ 08852


For RSVP and/or further Information,  please contact :

Shri Tilak (973-895-7307)                   Sudhir Ambekar (973-895-4961)

Krishna Hegde (732-821-7251) Usha Kallianpurkar (973-895-3151)

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18th Annual Sangeet Prabhat Participants

SWAGATA CHAKRABORTY:  Swagata hails from Calcutta (WB). She started her music career at a tender age of 10 and has received rigorous training over 20 years in classical and semi-classical music. Her teachers include several well known music luminaries such as Pt. Mohanlal Mishra of Benaras gharana, Pt. Samarash Choudhary (of Senia gharana and a disciple of Pt.Ravishankar), Pt. A.R.Banerjee (of Bishnupur gharana and dean of Rabindra-Bharati Univ) and Pandita Purnima Choudhary( Benaras gharana). Swagata excels in both classical as well as semi-classical forms of music such as thumri, kajri, hori and bhajan etc. She has won several state and national awards in India. She has performed extensively in India and in USA. Swagata is the founder of “Dhrupadi Kalakendra”, a circle of of Indian music and dance where she teaches both classical and semi-classical music as well as Kathak dance.


ARUN RAMAMURTHY:  Arun Ramamurthy is an exciting young violinist who is making his mark in Carnatic music. He had his initial training in Western classical music which gave him his precise bowing and fingering techniques. In 1991, Arun began studying Carnatic music from the esteemed violinist Sri Anantha Krishnan, and continues to do so. . In the last 8 years, Arun has been getting advanced training from the great violinists, Sri Mysore Nagaraj & Dr. Mysore Manjunath.  In 2003, Arun spent 8 months with his gurus Nagaraj & Manjunath and received extensive training in the good old gurukula fashion.  Since then, Arun has been performing all over the U.S.  for both visiting artists from India as well and local talents. Some highlighted performances have been with Shashank, Trichur Ramachandran, Sikkil Gurucharan, multiple concerts with guru Mysore Manjunath, Flute Raman, and others. Arun has adapted his Carnatic style to mix with Western musicians and frequently plays in New York City.


VISHWAS SHIRGAOKAR: had his initial musical training from Pt. Rajabhau Kogaje and Pt. Yeshwantbua Joshi, both very renowned singers from the Gwalior gharana. Later he imbibed the Jaipur gharana gayaki under Pt. Anandrao Limaye and now continues the Jaipur tradition under the tutelage of Pt. Ratnakar Pai. Vishwas has given vocal recitals in India, the UK and in the US. He has composed music for the Sanskrit Kathak ballet "Meghdoot", choreographed by Pt.Birju Maharaj, produced in 1991 by the Indian Classical Dance Company of Washington. He has given performances at places such as Maharashtra Mandal, London, UK, BMM convention in Baltimore, Sangeet Rajani in Philadelphia, Sangeet Prabhat (1999) in NJ, Kedar Music Circle of Thane, Pt.Limayebua Punyatithi and Dewal Club in Kolhapur, Smithsonian and Gandhi Center in Washington DC. Vishwas is a systems engineer and works for the World Bank in Washington, D.C.


AKSHAY PADMANABHAN: Akshay has completed two years studying Electrical Engineering at Cooper Union, New York. He began his mridangam training at the age of 6 under the tutelage of Sri T.S. Nandhakumar (Mumbai) and later learned from Dr. Venkat Natarajan (NJ) for over 7 years. He continues to take advanced training in mridangam and kanjira from Prof. T.H. Subash Chandran (Chennai). Akshay has been regularly performing in Carnatic music concerts accompanying several renowned artistes in the tri-state area (USA) as well as in India. He has also worked with Jazz artists and a variety of percussionists to compose and perform unique improvisational pieces. He was recently a part of a percussion ensemble tour with Prof. T.H. Subash Chandran. Last year, Akshay gave a solo tri-percussional performance at the NJ State Theater featuring the mridangam, kanjira (Single Headed South Indian Hand Drum) and konnokol (vocal percussion).


KEDAR NAPHADE: Kedar is an established young exponent of the art of harmonium solo and accompaniment in North America. He received preliminary training in Hindustani Classical Music from his grandfather, Shri Dadasaheb Naphade and from Shri Arvind Gajendragadkar.  For over 15 years, he has been a leading disciple of Pt. Tulsidas Borkar, and has also had the privilege of training from Smt. Padmavati Shaligram-Gokhale, a veteran singer of the Atrauli-Jaipur gharana. Kedar has performed harmonium solo and has accompanied vocalists at numerous concerts in India, Europe and in the U.S. including prestigious festivals and venues such as the Alladiya Khan Smruti Samaroha, Dadar Matunga Cultural Center in Mumbai, Carnegie Hall and The Lincoln Center in New York, The Smithsonian Institute in Washington D.C etc. He has also been featured on National Public Radio in the US. He has accompanied such luminaries as his guru Smt. Padmavati Shaligram-Gokhale, Pt. Jasraj, Smt. Veena Sahasrabuddhe, Pt. Ulhas Kashalkar, Smt. Prabha Atre, Smt. Laxmi Shankar, Pt. Phiroz Dastur etc. He recently released his first solo Album “Suvaadini – Voice of the Harmonium”. Kedar continues to train from Pt. Tulsidas Borkar and maintains a very active concert schedule in the U.S. He holds a Ph.D. in Operations Research.



AMOD DANDAWATE:  Amod was born and brought up in Hyderabad, where he was initiated into tabla by his father Dr.Vasant Dandawate. Later, he received training from Shafaatulla Khan on the art of accompaniment. At present, he is learning from the well known Tabla player Pt. Sameer Chaterjee of NYC. Amod holds a Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering.





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