Surmala Hindustani Classical Music Concerts

Surmala Hindustani Classical Music Concert Series 2018

Upcoming Concert:

July 22, 2018, from 2 pm- 5 pm

Harmonium Performance by Shri Vijay Ghaskadvi Ji

Accompanied by Vikas Yendluri on Tabla

Vocal Performance by Smt. Mrunal Dharmadhikari Ji

Accompanied by Manoj Tamhankar on Harmonium and Satya Vaidyanathan on Tabla

Free for ICC Members ( At the Door – $5)

$5 for Non-members ( At the Door – $10)



Mrunalji started learning music at a very young age. After getting a degree in commerce, she decided to persuade her passion for music and completed her Sangeet Visharad under the guidance of Guru Shri Prabhakarji Ghaare from Nagpur. After marriage in Pune, she started getting guidance from Guru Smt. Manjiri Alegaonkar of Jaipur Gharana. She also holds Master’s degree in music from S.N.D.T. University Mumbai. Mrunalji continued her music in the bay area and has performed in organizations such as MMBA and Sangeet Dhwani. She has been teaching music in the bay area to kids and adults for many years.



Vijay Ghaskadvi took initial lessons on Harmonium from his father, Shri. Sadanand Ghaskadvi, starting at an early age. Later, he developed his own style of playing the instrument, combining quick taans that are a characteristic of harmonium with a smooth development of raagas with soft transitions emphasized by instruments such as the flute. His area of focus has been solo performances and has received foundational guidance from Dr. Arawind Thatte. For the last several years, he has been learning with Sitar Maestro Pt. Partha Chatterjee, focusing on the art of instrumental performance. Vijay regularly accompanies local and visiting artists in the Bay Area – Shri Gokulotsavji Maharaj, Pdt Laxmi Ganesh Tiwari, and Ustad Iqbal Ahmed Khan to name a few. Vijay is also inclined towards the rhythmic aspect of Indian Classical Music and has been actively learning tabla for several years from Pandit Swapan Chaudhuri.

Vijay teaches Indian Classical Music at introductory and advanced levels, covering all aspects of music ranging from aesthetics and appreciation to creation and performance. Vijay is an alumnus of IIT Bombay and works as a technology leader in Silicon Valley.

Vikas Yendluri is a tabla artist in the tradition of Punjab, and a disciple of Sri Arshad Syed since the age of 5. He has also been studying with Ustad Zakir Hussain. Vikas has accompanied some of the most illustrious artists of Indian classical music in concerts across the United States

Manoj Tamhankar received his basic Harmonium training from Shri Haribaba Khare of Guhagar, Maharashtra. He also has a keen interest in composing music and Times Music has released an album in India of his compositions called “Jay Heramb”. Shri Manoj Tamhankar has been training the young Indo-American generation here for many years. Many of their students have been winning prizes in various competitions held locally in the Bay Area.

Satya has been playing tabla since his youth mostly as a self-taught tabla player. Having being born and brought up in Chandigarh, he grew up with a very strong influence of Hindustani classical and semi-classical music. He continues to pursue learning the art of tabla in the formal and structured system of the Panjab Gharana with Sh. Muthu Kumar Varadharajan who is a former disciple of the doyen of the Punjab Gharana – Ustad Alla Rakha Khan Saheb.

Satya is an active volunteer in the music circle in the Bay Area. He feels very fortunate to associate with students of music and collaborate in presentations such as the one we are all greatly enjoying today.

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