Manjiri Asanare Kelkar (Hindustani Vocal)
Suyong Kundalkar (Harmonium)
Sanjay Deshpande (Tabla)

Sunday October 14 2018, 5:00 PM

Recital Hall
St. Catherine University, St. Paul

Manjari Asnare Kelkar Suyog Kundalkar
                              Sanjay Deshpande

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About the Artists

Manjiri Asnare Kelkar

Manjiri has inherited the rich tradition of Jaipur Atrauli gharana from Pt. Kanetkar, doyen of the gharana. The effect of Pt. Kanetkar's long association with Ustad Bhurji Khansaheb is aptly reflected in the melodious singing of Manjiri.

Manjiri owes her gratitude to Pt. C. T. Mhaiskar of Sangli under whom she received her lessons in early days. What is significant about this young artist is that she blends in herself the qualities of not only a vocalist but also of a kathak dancer with numerous prizes in her collection.

Manjiri exhibits astonishing depth of understanding in Music. Her pliant, polished and seasoned voice with open Akaar, her easy and graceful glides, intertwining of Laya and Swara so fine as to make the two appear inseparable- a noteworthy feature so characteristic of Jaipur gharana - skillful negotiation and execution of Taans with a veteran's aplomb, a meticulous adherence to the Bandish and to the mood and emotions expounded in Ragas, all beautifully mingle together to make her performance slick, scintillating and spell binding. No wonder if all these have won for her adulatory reviews and ever growing audience. Her performances bear eloquent testimony to her grit and determination, assiduous Riaz, and exacting training by her illustrious Guru.

Discerning cognoscenti in music will not miss finer shades and aristocracy of traditions set by stalwarts like Kesarbai Kerkar, Master Krishnarao, and Pt. Gajananrao Joshi in Manjiri's renditions. Her Guru Pt. Kanetkar has inherited some rare and precious compositions from Prof. B.R.Deodhar, Shri Gulubhai Jasdanwala, and Baba Azizuddin Kansaheb (The grandson of Late Ustad Alladian Khansaheb) and has bequeathed them to Manjiri.

Manjiri has received wide acclaim for her performances at the 41st Sawai Gandharva Music Festival-Pune, Megh-Malhar Samaroha 1994 - Mumbai, Jaipur Samaroha 1995 - Bhopal, Tansen Samaroha 1998 - Gwalior, Kesarbai Kerkar Smriti Samaroha-Goa and at numerous other concerts.The enraptured audience at Kolkata literally gave her a standing ovation at the conclusion of her program organized by ITC Sangeet Sammelan in 1996 / 2004, a rare honour indeed. Sangeet Natak Academy, 2003 Hydrabad, Harwallab Music Festival 2003, Jalandhar, Shankarlal Festival - 2000 / 2004 Delhi, Dover lane Conference 2004 - Kolkotta.

Manjiri was also a scholar in her academic career and a rank holder in the University. Manjiri was the recipient of the prestigious Soorashri Kesarbai Kerkar scholarship instituted by N.C.P.A. and P.L.Deshpande foundation Mumbai, for the year 1994. She received a classical music scholarship for the year 1992 - 93, awarded by the Govt. of India. Manjiri also won the A.I.R. contest organized by All India Radio. She is a regular 'A' Grade artist of All India radio and has given many concert performances. She has won the Hirabai Badodekar Smruti "Gan-Hira" prize given by the S.N.D.T. University.

(Bio sourced from Artists' Website:

Suyog Kundalkar

Suyog is an established harmonium player of the younger generation. He has achieved a distinct identity of his own at a very young age.  He started training in Harmonium at the age of six from Smt.Ranjana Godse. Since 1997, he has been a devoted student of the renowned harmonium soloist, accompanist and musicologist Dr. Arawind Thatte. 

A keen student of classical vocal music, Suyog has trained under Shri.Shreeram Devasthali,Shri. Suhas Datar and Smt. Lalita Khadilkar. He has also participated in "Tappa" workshops conducted by Pt. Balasaheb Poochwale and Pt. Vasantrao Rajurkar. 

Suyog is a B High artist of the All India Radio and Doordarshan.  Suyog is empanelled artiste  on prestigious  I.C.C.R (Indian Council for Cultural Relation) list.  He holds a Bachelor’s degree in music from "Lalit Kala Kendra" of the University of Pune.  Suyog is on the panel of ''Lalit Kala Kendra'' (Centre for Performing Arts- Pune University) as a Guru.

(Bio sourced from Artists' Website:

Sanjay Deshpande

Sanjay was introduced to the art of playing Tabla under Late Pt. P.V.Sabade at Pune Bharat Gayan Samaj. Later he took Taleem from the renowned Tabla player Pt. Suresh Talwalkar of Delhi-Farookabad Gharana, in a Guru Shishya Parampara for 6 years. He also had the privilege of understanding the beauty of Punjab Gharana under the Taleem of world renowned Tabla maestro Ustd. Allarakha. At present he is learning from Shri Yogesh Samsi (Senior disciple of Ustd. Allarakha) and Pt. Vivek Joshi of Delhi-Farookabad Gharana.

Sanjay is recipient of the coveted "Ahmedjaan Thirkawaa Scholarship" for Solo Performance. He has accompanied renowned artists like Pt. Ulhas Kashalkar, Smt. Vasundhara Komkali, Smt. Veena Sahasrabudhe, Smt. Padma Talwalkar, Dr.Alka Deo Marulkar, Smt. Aarti Tikekar, Shri. Sanjeev Abhyankar, Smt. Kalapini Komkali, Smt. Devaki Pandit, Pt. Mukul Shivputra. He has performed in major conferences such as Paluskar Smarak Conference (New Delhi), Shankarlal Festival, I.T.C. Sangeet Sammelan, Dowerlane Conference, Calcutta.

Sanjay has performed abroad in countries like U.S.A, U.K, Canada, Australia, Switzerland, Holland, UAE, Dhaka. He has also participated in the "World Vocal Festival" Stockholm, Sweden.

He has also experimented with the "Fusion" form of music keeping the traditional form of Indian music intact. He has worked with Korean traditional musicians.

(Bio sourced from:
About the Venue:
St Catherine University is located at : 2004 Randolph Ave, Saint Paul, MN 55105

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IMSOM's Fall 2018 Concert Series has been is made possible by the voters of Minnesota through a grant from the Metropolitan Regional Arts Council, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the arts and cultural heritage fund, the UHG “Dollars for Doers” Grant, matching grants from Honeywell and US Bank, a generous donation from the Dr. Dash Foundation, and the generosity of IMSOM’s members and donors. All concerts are co-sponsored by KFAI Radio (90.3 FM/106.7 FM).


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