Smt. Padmavati Shaligram-Gokhale Born in 1918 in Kolhapur, Padmavati Shaligram is one of the senior most vocalists of Hindustani music. She was groomed in the Jaipur – Atrauli tradition by her father and uncle who were students of the legendary Alladiya Khan, the founder of the gharana. She has been performing in public since she was thirteen and climbed to the height of success and glory very early in life. She has been a top ranked performer with the All India Radio, besides featuring in numerous concerts in both the northern and southern states of the country.
In her era, she has been instrumental in paving the way for classical music to be sung by women from higher social classes and also in contributing greatly to the acceptance and respect of thumri among connoisseurs of classical music. You can watch a video clip of her performance at ITC Sangeet Research Academy's 13th Sangeet Sammelan.
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She has performed all over Hindustan (India and Pakistan) before partition. Ustad Alar Khan used to accompany her. She acted in at least 4 Hindi, Marathi and Telugu moviles.
In the early 1940s, Amonkar began to receive vocal lessons in Hindustani classical music from her mother Mogubai Kurdikar and later received training from tutors of several gharanas. Amonkar became interested in film music and sang playback for the 1964 movie Geet Gaya Patharon Ne, but returned to classical music because of bad experiences in the movie industry. Amonkar lost her voice for two years in the late 1950s for unknown reasons. She sang for the 1990 Hindi film Drishti.
Maestro Pandit Ajay Pohankar is one of the great Indian classical artist this country has produced. Ajayji was born in 1947 in a educated family that breathed and lived music.He has been singing the Kirana, patiala and Gwalior gharana gayakis and was trained by his mother, musicologist Dr Susheela Pohankar who is a double MA like Ajayji himself who has a Masters degree in English and Music.
Ajayji was a child prodigy and was introduced to Classical music scene by none other than Ustad Amir khan saheb in 1958 at the age of 10 at the Calcutta music conference. At the same age he was the youngest artist to be featured in the Mecca of Classical music conferences The Sawai gandharva festival wherin he sang with the likes of Ustad Salamat nazakat, Hirabai badodekar, Pt Omkarnath thakur, Begum akhtar and Pt Bhimsenji.A feat, which is extreamly rare in today’s generation of artists. Ajayji has since then been receiving love and affection from all these great artists who have heard him as a miracle in his younger years and as a living legend now.
Pandit Ajay pohankar has been in the Indian music scene since last 50 years now, has done innumerable concerts in India and around the world and has been a trendsetter in his own right. His singing impresses primarily for its aesthetic beauty and then for its impeccable technique. His voice has reached and touched the hearts of millions of listeners around the world.
Ajayjis has performed in almost all conferences and major festivals in India in his long careerof 5 decades like Harvallabh festival-Jalandhar, Punes Sawai gandharva fest, Tansen Festival-Gwalior, Sankatmochan-Benares, Saptak and many more besides the prestigious tourism festivals and innumerable International concerts in some of the most prestigious venues of Africa, U.k and America.
Ajayji is one of the finest Thumri singers of the country. Being a Maharashtrian it was very difficult to imbibe the art but he has contributed to this genre unconditionally.
Ajayji has to his credit many awards given to him by various organizations .The quality of his voice is considered one of the best in the country and has been used for many international c.d compilations as well. His voice not only is traditional but has immense capability to sing numerous genres of music, his latest milestone being PIYA BAWARI, India’s most famous fusion album along with his son Indian classical keyboardist Abhijit pohankar wherin his singing reached even the common man and left a mark in there minds for many years to come.
Son of internationally known artist S.L. Haldankar, who is rated as one of the three best water-colour painters in the world.
An ace-performer whose concerts are invariably attended by musicians themselves. A competent Guru from whom are learning many well-known artists; a thought provoking writer who has written three valuable books on music, the fourth one being on way to publication; a creative composer, whose catchy Bandishes (compositions) have been adopted by many senior musicians.. Also, a thought-provoking musicologist whose lecture demonstrations are highly appreciated. Finally a researcher in music who has evolved basic principles governing the emotive contents of Ragas, revolutionised the method of teaching music as per Guru- Shishya Parampara evolved his own time theory of Ragas. Conducted extensive research in the Shruti values of some 40 Ragas and assigned frequencies of sensitive (not normal) notes of these Ragas.
Rated as one of the few musicians who remind of the high values cherished by the Ustads of the past generations; yet innovative and imaginative enough to make concerts lively and set ideal before the young generation. His concerts are invariably attended by renowned musicians. He has performed in numerous conferences in India and abroad.
Regarded as the most respected Guru in Maharashtra. Many well-known musicians previously trained by other Gurus are learning from him.