Hindustani Vocal Jugalbandi featuring...

Apoorva Gokhale & Pallavi Joshi
Chinmay Kolhatkar (Harmonium)
Sanjay Deshpande (Tabla)

Sunday April 23 2023, 5:00 PM

Recital Hall
St. Catherine University, St. Paul


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About the Artists

Apoorva Gokhale

Born in the family of traditional legendary musicians, Apoorva Gokhale has carved a niche for herself as one of the sought after well-known vocalists of the younger generation with a firm background of Gwalior Gharana. She has an impressive musical lineage and has proudly and responsibly inherited the musical qualities from her grandfather, the late Gayanacharya Pandit Gajananrao Joshi and her great- grandfather Pandit Antubua Joshi, an eminent court musician in the erstwhile state of Aundh, district Satara.

At a very tender age of five, she initially received a sound grooming from her grandfather Pandit Gajananrao Joshi, who insisted to see in her tonal perfection with just intonation and infused a keen sense of rhythm. Later on she received rigorous training in the form of guru-shishya parampara under the guidance and supervision of her uncle Pandit Madhukarrao Joshi, an eminent vocalist and violinist.
Simultaneously she also received guidance from her father Shri Manohar Joshi, her aunt Dr. Sucheta Bidkar and renowned vocalist of the same tradition, Padmashri Pt. Ulhas Kashalkar.

Apoorva's versatile temperament and approach to music does not allow her to rest anywhere for she knows that there is much more far beyond from what knowledge she has acquired and imbibed in musical field and hence she must perforce fathom the oceanic depths of music. As such, she goes on seeking further able guidance from Pandit Shankar Abhyankar, an eminent sitarist and composer, Smt. Manik Bhide, Smt. Ashwini Bhide-Deshpande, Pandit Yeshwant Mahale and Pandit Arun Kashalkar.

Apoorva is influenced by the best of traditional musicians, but her approach towards presentation is all her own and that makes her music unique. She brings to Khyal singing an expression which, both lyrical and evocative at the same time, maintains the seriousness of the form, unimpaired.

Her coherent presentation of khyal is an aesthetic blending of imaginative alaap, an improvisation in a sonorous and scintillating voice, gracefully weaving exquisite patterns of swaras, unfolding the image of the raga with all its beauty and dignity, combined with an innate sense of laya (rhythm). She judiciously gives equal importance to both gayaki (style) and purity of raga rendition

Pallavi Joshi
Born in the family of musicians, Pallavi has inherited traditional music and represents the 5th generation of the rich heritage of her family.
Her training started at the age of 5 from her grandfather, Pandit Gajananbuva Joshi whose gayaki was a perfect blend of three gharanas Gwalior, Jaipur and Agra gharana.
After the demise of Pt. Gajananbuva Joshi, she has taken her training from her uncle Pt. Madhukar Joshi for more than 25 years.

She also has received guidance from her aunt Dr. Sucheta Bidkar & from her father, Shri. Manohar Joshi.  She has been awarded Govt. of India National Scholarship for Hindustani Classical vocal young artistes.

Pallavi is a graduate in Botany. Her Music Album Rising Stars is released in 2010 and Madhumalati Part 2, comprising of compositions of 25 ragas is released in October 2012.  She has given many solo concerts and sahagayan concerts with her elder sister Smt Apoorva Gokhale in a number of prestigious music conferences in India.

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.

Chinmay Kolhatkar
Chinmay Kolhatkar received his initial music training from Rajprasad Dharmadhikari, in Kolhapur. He is currently under the tutelage of the noted harmonium player Dr. Arvind Thatte.  After completing his graduation in Electronics, Chinmay has made music his career. Though young he has already provided harmonium accompaniment to many leading artists of Indian classical music. Chinmay is taking vocal training from Rajendra Manerikar and is learning voice culture.
About the Venue:
St Catherine University is located at : 2004 Randolph Ave, Saint Paul, MN 55105

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