Pravin Godkhindi (Hindustani Bansuri (Bamboo Flute))  accompanied by
Charudatta Phadke on the Tabla

Sunday, September 13, 5:00 PM


Recital Hall
St. Catherine University,
St. Paul
Pravin GodkhindiCharudatta Phadke

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About the Artists

Pravin Godkhindi

Born in a family of musicians, Pravin had as his only Guru for Flute, his father Pandit Venkatesh Godkhindi, an eminent vocalist and Bansuri artiste. Pravin started toying with a small flute at the tender age of three and since then the Flute has been his best companion. Pravin gave his first public concert at the age of 6 years and held the audience spellbound. His quest for deeper knowledge about intricate rhythmic combinations brought him to Vidawan Anoor Ananth Krishna Sharma, a reputed Mridangam artiste, who is providing able guidance to Pravin on the deeper aspects of Laya and Layakaari.

His father has taught him Bansuri (Flute) in Kirana Gharaana Gayaki (Vocalist) style. But Pravin added the Gatkaari or Tantrakaari (Instrumental) style by his own efforts and succeeded in it. He is adept in both the styles. Sonorous blowing, control over breath, elaborations of Raga with its aesthetic appeal, extraordinary and skillful rendition of Layakaari are but a few salient features of his flute recital. He has been ably balancing between traditional and creative music. Western classical, Jazz, and Carnatic classical also have favorably influenced him. He is a composer, a vocalist, an actor, a Tabla artiste, and a harmonium player apart from what he is best at - the Bansuri.       

He was graded “A” by All India Radio and TV at the age of 21. He has been awarded with titles like Surmani, Aryabhatta and Kalanidhi to name a few.

He has performed in jugalbandhi concerts with eminent musicians like Pandit Kadri Gopalnath, Pandit Vishwa Mohan Bhatt, Pandit Ajay Pohankar, Pandit Vikku Vinayakram, Vidwan Ravikiran, Vidwan Mysore Nagaraj and Manjunath, and many more. Pravin has formed a fusion band called Krishna, which has all the three forms of music, viz. the Hindustani, the Carnatic, and the Western Music. Pravin has independently worked with great contemporary fusion maestros like, Shankar Mahadevan,  Louis Banks, and Hariharan, and the drummer and percussionist, Shivamani,. Pravin has toured the USA, Canada, Spain, Belgium, Germany, Muscat, Qatar, Holland and Portugal for his solo and fusion performances.                 

Charudatta Phadke

Charudatta Phadke has dedicated himself to the art of music from a very tender age. The gurus who taught him the basics of the Tabla were Majgaokar and Rajaram Jadhav. For the last 15 years he has been refining his art under the tutelage of Taalyogi Pandit Suresh Talwalkar whom he accompanies quite often.

His skill has been apprecieated not only in India but also in various countries like Germany, Austria, Italy, Switzeland,  China, Bangkok, and Austalia. He has been honored with various awards such as the V.D Paluskar, Taalmani Award.

He has accompanied a broad gamut of artists like Pundit Suresh Talwalkar, Pundit Ulhas Kashalkar, Pundit Birju Maharaj, Ustad Shahid Parvez, and Pundita Rohini Bhate.

He has performed in Taalmala projects organized by his Guru, in varoius fussion concerts like Beyond Fusion, as well as in a World Peace project with Chinese and Japanese groups. He has also been part of the CD project Laya Kalpana.

About the venue:

Directions and Parking:

The Recital Hall is located just behind the O’Shaughnessy Auditorium  in the campus of St. Catherine University (2004 Randolph Ave, Saint Paul, MN 55105). The Recital Hall is Building 24 in the campus map (see below).

Driving Directions: 

  • From I-94 going E: Take Cretin Avenue exit. South (right) on Cretin to Randolph Avenue. East (left) on Randolph to Cleveland Avenue intersection. Stay on Randolph. Enter at GATE 3 on Randolph.
  • From I-94 going W: Take Snelling Avenue (US 51) exit. South (left) on Snelling Avenue to Randolph. West (right) on Randoplh to Fairview/Randolph intersection. Stay on Randolph. Enter at GATE 3 on Randolph.
  • From I-35E: Exit on Randolph Avenue. Proceed West to Fairview/Randolph intersection. Stay on Randolph. Enter at GATE 3 on Randolph.
  • From I-35W: Exit on 94 eastbound to Cretin Avenue exit. South on Cretin to Randolph Avenue. East on Randolph to Cleveland Avenue intersection. Stay on Randolph. Enter at GATE 3 on Randolph.

Gate 3 is located between Cleveland and Fairview and is nearest to the intersection of Randolph and Prior Avenues. The Recital Hall is located right behind the better known O'Shaughnessy auditorium. Parking is free after hours and on weekends.

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IMSOM’s Fall 2009 Concert Series has been supported in part by funds provided by: an appropriation by the Minnesota State Legislature, the Honeywell “Dollars for Doers” Grant, and IMSOM members. This concert is co-sponsored by KFAI Radio (90.3FM in Minneapolis 106.7FM in St. Paul).

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