Satyajit Talwalkar, Padma Talwalkar and Sudhanshu Kulkarni

Padma Talwalkar (Hindustani Vocal)
Dr. Sudhanshu Kulkarni
Satyajit Talwalkar (Tabla)

One of India's premier vocalists returns to Minneapolis after more than 16 years!

This concert will also include a dazzling Tabla solo recital by Satyajit Talwalkar in the second half!

Saturday, April 30, 2005, 7:00 pm

This concert is co-sponsored by KFAI "Fresh Air" Radio (90.3 FM in Minneapolis and 106.7FM in Saint Paul). Photograph of Padma Talwalkar by Mr. Bharat Kanhare, Pune, India.


The Lake Harriet Spiritual Community Center (LHSC)
4401 Upton Avenue S, Minneapolis, MN 55410

Click on the link above or scroll down this page to see a map and parking information. Please do not call the number listed for the LHSC on the day of the concert to ask for directions. Instead please call one of the IMSOM folks whose numbers are listed below.


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  Students and Seniors (65+) General Admission
Advance $10.00 $15.00
Gate $12.00 $17.00

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About the artists:

Padma Talwalkar has acquired training in Khayal Gayaki in three main styles or Gharanas, Gwalior, Kirana and Jaipur. Today she leads a new generation of vocalists in an era when the distinction between Gharanas is not as marked as in earlier years because of an environment that fosters the cross-fertilization of ideas from different Gharanas. Her music represents a unique blend of the best of various Gharanas, embellished with her own touch. Padma Talwalkar was initiated into Hindustani classical music by Pandit Gangadhar Pimpalkhare, followed by some years of careful training with Moghubai Kurdikar, the celebrated doyen of the Jaipur Gharana. During this period, Moghubai's illustrious daughter, Kishori Amonkar, contributed in no small measure toward Padma Talwalkar's artistic development. Then came years of guidance and learning under the guidance of Pandit Gajananrao Joshi, an acknowledged master of the Agra, Jaipur and Gwalior gharanas. In the course of shaping her early musical career, Padma Talwalkar has been a recipient of two prestigious honors. One, a five year scholarship from the Bhulabhai Memorial Trust and the other, a two year fellowship from the National Center for the Performing Arts, issued in memory of the late Kesarbai Kerkar. As a performing artist, Padma is well known all over India and her tours abroad have brought her recognition as one of the premier female vocalists of India. She has recorded several CDs.

Sudhanshu Kulkarni received musical training since the age of ten, first under the tutelage of the Late Appasaheb Laxman Sakhlakar and later with Pandit Rambhau K. Bijapur, one of the noteworthy harmonium maestros of his time. Having graduated with the degree of Sangeet Alankar, Sudhanshu is the first person to obtain the Doctoral degree in music (Sangeet Praveen) from Akhil Bharatiya Gandharva Mahavidyalya Mandal, Mumbai in harmonium. He is recipient of Sangeet Vidwat award from the Karnataka Secondary Education and the title of Surmani conferred upon him by Sur-Sangsad of Mumbai. With extensive and varied training, Sudhanshu has carved a niche for himself as an eminent harmonium player, and he stands tall along with other renowned contemporaries. Sudhanshu Kulkarni has accompanied great stalwarts in India and abroad including Gangubai Hangal in India, Holland, and England; late Kumar Gandharva, Prabha Atre, late K. G. Ginde, Malini Rajurkar, Parveen Sultana, Padma Talwalkar, and Veena Sahasrabudhe who he accompanied in Sweden, USA and Canada. He is also well known for his solo performer.

Satyajit Talwalkar is the son of Tabla legend Suresh Talwalkar and Padma Talwalkar, two of the best-known practitioners of Indian classical music. Right from a very young age, Satyajit received immaculate attention and training from his parents in various aspects of Indian classical music. But his interest in percussion was nurtured by his father, one of the most revered teachers and practitioners of the art of Tabla playing. In following his father’s footsteps, Satyajit has become a masterful accompanist to instrumental and vocal music. But he is also recognized as a formidable solo artist, and is at ease in performing as a member of taal vadya kacheri (ensemble of Indian percussionists) and his duets with Western drum ensemble have received critical acclaim. He has accompanied major Hindustani artists including Rashid Khan (Vocal), Shahid Parvez Khan (Sitar) and has performed all over India. He has also been on concert tours of France, Netherlands, USA, and several countries of South Asia.

Directions and parking:
Map of the LHSC location
Outside view of the Lake Harriet Spiritual Community CenterThe Lake Harriet Spiritual Community Center (LHSC) is located at the Southeast corner of 44th Street and Upton Avenue in beautiful Linden Hills neighborhood in South Minneapolis, just west of Lake Harriet. The map on the right shows the major routes to the LHSC from elsewhere in the Twin Cities area. The LHSC has its own parking lot to the South and East of the building itself, and you can usually find some on-street parking. Another option on the weekends is a school parking lot a block Northwest of the LHSC.

For further information contact:

Shivanthi Sathanandan (651) 698-0774
Ameeta Kelekar (651) 787-0497
Kari Askeland (612) 879-9695


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