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Resonance of morning ragas

Wednesday, June 13, 2018
By Amarendra Dhaneshwar

The 'Tajmahal Tea House', one of the prime Baithak venues in the city, featured vocalist Aditya Khandwe, an extraordinarily talented young classical singer, in a morning concert. Khandwe, who is also a well qualified Management Degree Holder, has been frequently seen on various concert platforms. He was a recipient of the 'Mallikarjun Mansoor Yuva Award 2011' – instituted by the Government of Karnataka in the name of the great singer. Prominent young singers like Saniya Patankar and Pritam Bhattachargea have also won this award. Khandwe also won at the competition held in New York by the Vedic Heritage Inc.

This is just another feather in his cap. “It earned me a trip to the USA which was a valuable experience in itself,” he says.

Aditya's mother Vidya, who is a member of the faculty at the Music Department of the University of Mumbai, was his first teacher. Vidya is committed to the Gwalior gharana. Her first guru was the senior Nagpur-based singer Rajabhau Kogje. She also trained under the veteran Yeshwantbuwa Joshi. At present she has been learning from Neela Bhagwat. Aditya later learned from veterans like Ratnakar Pai of the Jaipur gharana and also from Yeshwantbuwa Joshi. He was under the tutelage of the great Dhondutai Kulkarni for several years before her death in 2015.

“She was a firm disciplinarian and one got to learn a lot under her stern supervision,” says Aditya. We heard him perform a rare raga like 'Mirabai Ki Malhar' on the national television channel recently and found him giving a good account of himself.

In the morning performance under review, he began with the raga 'Ramkali'. This raga is not much heard. It is a slight variation on the basic theme of the raga 'Bhairav' which is a fundamental raga. A little addition of the note teerva M and komal n changes the complexion of the raga. It was delightful to hear this raga from the young singer.

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