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|About the Artists
Aarti Ankalikar Tikekar:
Gifted with a richly timbered and wide ranging voice, Aarti Ankalikar
Tikekar has emerged as an outstanding exponent of North Indian Khayal
singing, highly regarded by both listeners and fellow musicians. Her
mellifluous, resonant voice backed up by an infectious personality and
compelling stage presence transform her recitals into an absorbing
audio visual experience.
Aarti began her musical journey at the tender age of 10 under the
tutelage of the late Pandit Vasantrao Kulkarni an exponent the Agra and
Gwalior schools of vocal music. Throughout her career she has been
fortunate enough to have received training from some of India's most
influential gurus, who have groomed Aarti in their respective styles of
singing. Her performances bring forth an exciting aesthetic fusion of
all of India's most revered vocal gharanas. After her initial
apprenticeship, Aarti was fortunate enough to receive training with one
of India's female musical legends, Kishori Amonkar, a doyen of the
Jaipur Atrauli Gharana, characterised by a smooth lilting, melodic
quality. For a brief period she also benefited from the guidance of
Pandit Ulhas Kashalkar. She is continuing her training under Pandit
Dinkar Kaikini. All of her teachers have influenced Arati's style.
Listening to her performances one sees a very pleasant blend of the
various gharanas represented by her teachers. Endowed with a rich
resonant voice, Arati's performances are marked by an excellent command
over both the rhythm and the melody.
Aarti has performed at many prestigious conferences in India, such as
the Sawai Gandharva Mahotsav (Pune), the Malhar Utsav (Delhi), Pandit
Mallikarjun Mansoor Pranam (Bhopal), the Gunidas Sangeet Sammelan
(Mumbai), the Dover Lane Festival (Calcutta), the Shankarlal Festival
(Delhi) and at sabhas organized by the Madras Music Academy (Chennai).
She has been on concert tours in USA, Canada, UK and UAE.
A recipient of a Central Government scholarship (1975-80) and the
Surashri Kesarbai Kerkar scholarship (1980-82), Aarti stood first in
the All India Radio competition held during 1983 and 1984 in Indian
classical music, thumri and gazal and was awarded gold medal in all the
Aarti has her to her credit a number of audio cassettes and CD
recordings marketed by HMV, Polygram and Rhythm House. She was the main
playback singer for the Sham Benegal film, "Sardari Begum." This will
be her fourth concert tour of USA.
Harshad Kanetkar, a young talented Tabla player from India, began his
initial training in Tabla at the age of five with Shri Pandurang
Mukhade. After this introdution to the world of Table, he has continued
to receive intensive training under Shri Ramdas Palsule and Pandit
Suresh Talwalkar for over twelve years.
Harshad is one of the few Tabla players of his generation who has
equally adept and versatile in the art of accompanying vocal,
instrumental and dance. Crispness and clarity of his technique and a
total command of rhythm are the classic hallmarks of his style. He has
accompanied many leading artists like Pt. Jasraj, Pt. Ulhas Kashalkar,
Ustad Shahid Parvez, Ustad Rashid Khan, Veena Sahastrabuddhe, Shama
Bhate (Kathak), Ashwhini Bhide-Deshpande, Aarti Tikekar, Kala Ramnath
and Sanjeev Abhyankar at prestigious music conferences all over India.
He has also traveled and performed extensively in U.S., Canada, Europe
and the Middle East. His recordings include solo works and fusion of
musical traditions of the East and West.
Harshad has received many accolades and honors including the National
Scholarship from the Government of India. He also was a visiting
faculty at the Pandit Jasraj Music Academy in the U.S.A. for many years.
Milind Kulkarni's tryst with the Harmonium bloomed at the tender age of
seven. Milind is today a reputed accompanist and fast emerging as a
soloist. Milind's father, an avid Music lover recognized the
inborn talent of young Milind and opened the world of music at a very
young age. Pt. Vasantrao Gurav of Sangli was the first formal
Guru who introduced Milind to the 'Seven Swaras'. Discovering the
potential of Milind, Pundit Anna Diwan of Sangli further enriched
Milind's talents. Today Milind is under the fine tutelage of Pundit
Pramod Marathe, leading Harmonium player & Principal at the
Gandharva Mahavidyalaya, Pune. Milind earned his Bachelor's
Degree in Music, specialising in Harmonium at Centre for Performing
Arts, Pune University, Pune.
Milind Kulkarni's natural flair for the Harmonium reflects the eternal
essence of Hindustani Classical Music as handed down in the true "Guru
Shishya Parampara". Endowed with the talent he has carved for himself a
place in the divine world of Music and captured the hearts of the
listeners. Over a period of time, under the gentle guidance of his
teachers & his own efforts - dedication & rigorous 'Riyaaz '-
intense hours of practice - this fine art is flowering to reach a state
of exceptional caliber. Milind is today a reputed accompanist and fast
emerging as a soloist. He has accompanied distinguished & renowned
Musicians of India such as Pundit Jasraj, Pundit Suresh Talwalkar,
Pundit Anindo Chatterji , Pundit Kumar Bose, Shri Sanjeev Abhyankar,
Smt. Padma Talwalkar, Dr. Prabha Atre, Dr. Ashwini Bhide-Deshpande,
Pundit Ullhas Kashalkar, Smt. Kalapini Komkali, Smt. Aarti
Ankalikar-Tikekar, Pundit Prabhakar Karekar, Shri Ramdas Palsule, Shri
Vijay Ghate etc. He has also provided accompaniment for various Kathak
Dance performances. Milind is a regular performer of All India Radio
& Doordarshan (TV) network. Milind at a young age has already been
acknowledged by the muscial community with awards such as the Business
Express 'Kalashree' Award as a Young Artist, 2002, Smt. Leelatai
Jalgaonkar Award (2003) and the Pundit Manohar Betavadkar Award
(2004) to mention a few.
The Cowles Auditorium is
located across the street from the 19th
Ave Ramp, in the Hubert H Humphrey Center, University of MN, West
Bank campus, Minneapolis. The 21st
Ave Ramp is also convenient.
of Hubert H. Humphrey Center, University of Minnesota, West Bank,
map of Hubert H. Humphrey Center, University of Minnesota, West
To get to the 19th Ave
- 35W to U of MN exit (Washington Ave
S). East on Washington to Cedar Ave S. South on Cedar Ave S to 3rd St
S. East on 3rd St S 1/ 2 block.
- I94 to Cedar Ave S. North on Cedar Ave S to 3rd St S.
East on 3rd St S 1/ 2 block.
- Washington Ave SE from U of MN east bank. Exit on
Cedar Ave. S. South on Cedar Ave S to 3rd St S. East on 3rd St S 1/ 2
activity is made
possible, in part, by funds provided by the Honeywell Foundation's
"Dollars for Doers" Grant, IMSOM Members and Donors. This concert is
co-sponsored by KFAI Radio (90.3FM in Minneapolis 106.7FM in
St. Paul ).
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