Veena Sahasrabuddhe (Hindustani Vocal) with
Shantilal Shah on the Tabla and
Kedar Naphade on the Harmonium

Sunday, August 26, 10 AM


Baumgaertner Auditorium
Brady Education Center
University of St. Thomas, St. Paul

Shantilal ShahVeena SahasrabuddheKedar Naphade

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About the Artists:

Veena Sahasrabuddhe comes from a family of musicians and composers. Her father, late Pandit Shankar Shripad Bodas, was a disciple of Pandit Vishnu Digambar Palsukar. Young Veena started her musical education with Kathak dance. She was initiated into Khayal singing by her father and her brother, late Pandit Kashinath Shankar Bodas. Padmashri Balwantrai Bhatt, late Pundit Vasant Thakar and late Pandit Gajananbua Joshi have also contributed to her education. The style she has created for herself retains the fundamental values of Gwalior gharana while borrowing somewhat from Kirana and Jaipur gharanas.  Her music has something for every listener because it respects traditional values while being very personal.  Connoisseurs laud the authenticity of her music, but the lay listener is moved by its directness and intensity.  Apart from her Khayal and Tarana renditions, she is sought after for her rich repertoire of bhajans.

She has sung at all the prestigious venues and occasions including Tansen Samaroh in Gwalior and Sawai Gandharva in Pune. At the Vokalfestival in Stockholm and at the Voices of the World festival in Copenhagen she represented the Indian Classical Voice.  She has recordings under many leading labels.  She was awarded the Uttar Pradesh Sangeet Natak Academy Award in 1993.

Veenatai holds a doctorate from Pune University and is as excellent a teacher of music as she is a performer.  She has taught formal and informal music courses at Universities and has offered a number of music workshops in India and abroad.  She also teaches advanced students privately.  Veenatai has a number of publications to her credit and has over 41 recorded albums to date.

Shantilal Shah, one of the torchbearers of the Banaras Gharana, is a much sought-after accompanist. He acquired his basic training in Tabla playing under Mahadev Prasad Mishra of Banaras. During his initial years as a Tabla player, Shantilal Shah was named a gold medallist at the Sangeet Natak Academy of Lucknow, and also won a National scholarship awarded by the Govt. of India. A Sangeet Prabhakar from the Prayaag Sangeet SamitiAllahabad, he is also a graded artiste of All India Radio & Television. of For the past several years, Shantilal Shah has been performing all over India, Asia and North America with some of the greatest names in Indian Classical music including Pt. Jasraj, Late Pt. Jitendra Abhisheki, Pts. Rajan-Sajan Mishra, Pt. Ulhas Kashalkar, Ustaad Shujaat Khan, Smt. Laxmi Shankar, Smt. Veena Sahasrabuddhe, Smt. Padma Talwalkar and Smt. Arati Ankalikar, and dancers like Rohini Bhate and Shama Bhate.  Shantilal Shah is also a crowd-puller in the fusion-music arena by virtue of his natural ability to create the right rhythmic blend between the Tabla and Western drums. He has performed in several successful fusion concerts with celebrity Western musicians.

Kedar Naphade is a promising young exponent in the art of harmonium solo and accompaniment. He received his early 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, arguably the most acclaimed harmonium player in India today. Kedar has also had the privilege of training from Smt. Padmavati Shaligram-Gokhale, a veteran singer of the Atrauli-Jaipur gharana, who played a pivotal role in his musical development, sowing in him the seed that developed into a passionate love for the vocal art form. Kedar’s music also derives inspiration from the stylistic genius and dexterous wizardry of P. Madhukar, an unsurpassed master of the instrument, as well as the character of the traditional Hindustani vocal art form. In addition to classical music, Kedar also plays the semi-classical forms of Marathi Natyasangeet (Stage Music), Bhajans, Thumri, Dhun etc. Kedar has performed harmonium solo and has accompanied vocalists at numerous concerts in India, Europe and in the U.S. at prestigious festivals and venues such as the Alladiya Khan Smruti Samaroha, Dadar Matunga Cultural Center in Mumbai, The Lincoln Center in New York, The Smithsonian Institute in Washington D.C, to name a few. He has also been featured on NPR. Kedar has shared the stage with luminaries such as his guru Smt. Padmavati Shaligram-Gokhale, Pt. Jasraj, Smt. Veena Sahasrabuddhe, Pt. Ulhas Kashalkar, Smt. Prabha Atre, Smt. Laxmi Shankar, Pt. Firoz Dastur, and others.

About the Venue:

Parking Directions:

The concert is at the Baumgaertner Auditorium located inside the Brady Educational Center (BEC) at the University of St. Thomas, St. Paul.

Please see a map of the venue by clicking on the link below:

BEC is Building 31 in the map, located near the intersection of Cretin and Goodrich Avenues.

The best locations to park would be parking lots W, O and X in the above map. You may also use the other lots close by such as lots Y, V and T.

Driving Directions: 

  • From I-94 going E: Take Cretin Avenue exit. Go South (right) on Cretin. After crossing Summit Ave turn right into Grand Ave to get to parking lots W, O and X.
  • From I-94 going W: Take Cretin Avenue exit. Go South (left) on Cretin. After crossing Summit Ave turn right into Grand Ave to get to parking lots W, O and X.
  • From I-35W: Exit on 94 eastbound. Take Cretin Avenue exit. Go South (right) on Cretin. After crossing Summit Ave turn right into Grand Ave to get to parking lots W, O and X.
  • From I-35E: Exit on Randolph Avenue. Proceed West to Cretin Avenue and go North (right) on Cretin. Then turn left into Grand Ave to get to parking lots W, O and X.
Map of Baumgaertner Auditorium

This activity is made possible, in part, by funds provided by the Metropolitan Regional Arts Council's (MRAC) "Arts Activities Support (AAS)" Grant through an appropriation by the Minnesota state legislature, the Honeywell Foundation's "Dollars for Doers" Grant, and IMSOM Members. This concert is co-sponsored by KFAI Radio (90.3FM in Minneapolis / 106.7FM in St. Paul ).

For further information contact:

Shivanthi Sathanandan (651) 698-0774
Ameeta Kelekar (651) 787-0497



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