Omkar Dadarkar (Hindustani Vocal)
Milind Kulkarni (Harmonium)
Sanjay Deshpande (Tabla)

Sunday June 2 2019, 5:00 PM

Dr V Premanand Theater & Concert Hall
Normandale Community College, Bloomington, MN


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About the Artists

Omkar Dadarkar

Born in Mumbai on 30 th July 1977,Omkar Dadarkar was enthused by his parents, both being Marathi Natya-Sangeet performer and took his initial training under Dr. Ram Deshpande and received scholarship
from C.C.R.T.(New Delhi). As the nephew and  shishya of the legendary vocalist Padmashree Manik Verma, Omkar was fortunate enough to get taleem from her. After that he took training from Pt.Yashwantbua Joshi of Gwalior Gharana under the Guru-shishya Parampara scheme of Dadar-Matunga Cultural Centre. Being selected as scholar in I.T.C. Sangeet Research Academy in 1999, he had undergone a rigorous training under the tutelage of guru Pt.Ulhas Kashalkar. He successfully completed his six years training in the Academy with A+ grade.

He got his training of light classical form under Vidushi Girijadevi and Srinivas khale. He also completed Sangeet Alankar from Gandharv Mahavidyalaya and graduated in Marathi lit.and History. Omkar’s performances in all over India and Abroad like USA,UK,Canada Bangladesh & Nepal were highly applauded.

He received the prestigious Vidyasagar Award from Music Forum. Omkar is recognized as promising upcoming talent and won prestigious “Shanmukhananda Hall-Mumbai-Sangeet Shiromani” award while is the first recipient of “Chaturanga Sangeet Shishyavrutti Award” given by Chaturanga Pratishthan in collaboration with Mhaiskar Foundation,Mumbai. Omkar was awarded by Sangeet Natak Academy New Delhi,Govt.Of India.Ustad Bismillah Khan Yuva Puraskar 2009. Now he is working with I.T.C.Sangeet Research Academy Kolkata as a Guru.

Milind Kulkarni

Milind’s tryst with Harmonium started at the tender age of seven. Over a period of time, under the gentle guidance of his teacher and his own efforts has enabled him to reach a state of exceptional caliber. Milind is today a reputed accompanist and fast emerging as a soloist.  His father, an avid music lover recognized the inborn talent of young Milind.  Pt. Vasantrao Gurav of Sangli was the first. formal Guru who introduced Milind.  Pt. Anna Diwan of Sangli further enriched his talents.  Currently he is under the tutelage of Pt. Pramod Marathe, leading Harmonium player and Principal at the Gandharva Mahavidyalaya, Pune. Milind earned his B.A. in Music, specializing in Harmonium at Centre for Performing Arts, Pune University,  He is pursuing is MA degree at Shivaji University, Kolhapur

Milind’s harmonium playing has tremendous energy, precision and aesthetics. He is a rare harmonium player who understands the finer points of music. This makes his playing perfectly suitable for all types of singing be it classical or light music. Milind has accompanied renowned Musicians of India like Pt. Jasraj, Pt. Prabha Atre, Pt. Suresh Talwalkar, Dr. Veena Sahastrabuddhe, Pt. Anindo Chatterjee , Smt Koushiki Chakraborty. Pt. Kumar Bose, Shri. Sanjeev Abhyankar, Smt. Padma Talwalkar, Dr. Prabha Atre, Dr. Ashwini Bhide-Deshpande, Pt. Ullhas Kashalkar, Pt.Sanjeev Abhyankar, Pt. Swapan Chaudhari, Pt. Ajay Chakrabarty, Smt. Arati Ankalikar, Smt. Kalapini Komkali, Smt. Aarti Ankalikar-Tikekar, Smt. Devaki Pandit, Shri Shounak Abhisheki, Pt.Yogesh Samsi, Pt. Prabhakar Karekar, Shri. Ramdas Palsule, Shri.Vijay Ghate etc. He is greaded artist of AIR.  Performed in a verious festivals such as Dowerlane festival, kolkata; Sawai Gandharva festival, Pune; Baba Haravallabh Samaroha , Jalandhar; Tansen festival, Gwalior;   Baba Allauddin Khan Festival, Maihar.  Overseas, he has performed in USA, Canada, New Zealand, Fiji, Singapore, Australia, Sri Lanka, Switzerland etc.  He has also performed at Darbar Festival in London.

Milind has been honored for his achievements by several organizations.  These include Business Express “Kalashree” (2002), Leelatai Jalgaonkar Award (2003), Pt Rambhau Bijapure Yuva Samvadini Vadak Award (2008) and Kalabhushan Puruskar by India Talent Search Academy.

Sanjay Deshpande

Sanjay Deshpande is a talented Tabla Player based in Pune, India. He was born in a music loving family and was introduced to the art of playing Tabla under Late Pt. Sabade at Pune Bharat Gayan Samaj. Later he took Taleem (lessons) from the renowned Tabla player Pt. Suresh Talwalkar of Delhi-Farookabad Gharana, in a Guru Shishya Parampara . He also had the privilege of understanding the beauty of Punjab Gharana under the guidance of world renowned Tabla maestro Ustad. Alla Rakha Khan Saheb. At present he is taking guidance from Shri. Yogesh Samsi and Pt. Vivek Joshi. 

Sanjay is recipient of the coveted “Ahmedjaan Thirakwaa Scholarship” for Solo  Performance. He has accompanied renowned artists like Smt. Vasundhara Komkali,  Pt. Ulhas Kashalkar, Pt. Smt. Malini Rajurkar, Pt. Jasraj, Dr. Prabha  Atre, Pt. Dinkar Kaikini, Dr. Ashwini Bhide-Deshpande , Smt. Veena Sahastrabudhe and many such great artists. 

He has performed in major conferences such as Sawai Gandharwa Music Festival Pune, Paluskar Smarak Conference, Shankarlal Samaroha in New Delhi, I.T.C. Sangeet Sammelan . Dowerlane Conference, Kolkata.  Sanjay has performed abroad in Countries like U.S.A, U.K, U.A.E, Canada, Australia, Switzerland, Russia, Holland, Qatar, Sri Lanka, South Korea etc. He has also  participated in the “World Vocal Festival” in Sweden. He is empanelled as GURU at the Lalit Kala Kendra, University of Pune. He has number of recordings released. His fusion album “Wind From Ayuta” with Korean musicians won the Best album award of the year - 2002 in South Korea.

About the Venue:
Normandale Community College is located at : 9700 France Avenue South, Bloomington, MN 55431

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IMSOM's Spring 2019 Concert Series has been is made possible by the UHG “Dollars for Doers” Grant, matching grants from Honeywell & US Bank, a generous donation from the Dr. Dash Foundation, late Dr V Premanand & family, Sandhya Joshi & Gopal Sadagopal, and the generosity of IMSOM’s members and donors. All concerts are co-sponsored by KFAI Radio (90.3 FM Mpls/106.7 FM St. Paul).

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