Surmala Hindustani Classical Music Concert
RESHMA BHAT – VOCALIST
Reshma Bhat was born in 1988 and is a native of Murooru, a small village of Kumta Taluk in Uttara Kannada District, Karnataka.
Reshma was introduced to Hindustani music by her parents Smt. Asha Bhat and Shri Ramachandra Bhat. She is gifted with a sonorous voice with rare delicacy. Reshma has been blessed with the profound guidance of Dr. Ashok Huggannavar, a renowned Hindustani vocalist, who accepted her as his disciple at the tender age of 10.
Reshma is a “A” grade artist in Light Classical music and “A” grade artist in Hindustani Classical Music and performs regularly for the All India Radio Dharwad.
Reshma is a graduate in Computer Science and has completed her M.Tech in Geoinformatics from Visvesvaraya Technological University, Karnataka. She was a scholar of ITC Sangeeth Research Academy, Kolkata, under the guidance of Vidushi Shubhra Guha.
Reshma has left an indelible mark in the hearts of music lovers with her singing. She has given performances across India & abroad.
KUNAL GUNJAL – SANTOOR
Kunal Gunjal is an award winning Santoor artiste and is the youngest disciple of the Pioneer of Santoor Pt. Shivkumar Sharma. Besides having performed with Pt. Shivkumar Sharma on stage, he has also performed in various prestigious music festivals and conferences like Pune Festival, 17th Devnandan Ubhyakar Yuva Sangeet Utsav, Festival organized by MUSIC TODAY, National Centre for the Performing Arts (NCPA) and he recently performed at the Gunidas Sangeet Samelan where he opened the festival for Ustad. Zakir Hussian.
He has many accolades to his honor including the Dr. Vasantrao Deshpande Yuva Kalakar Puraskar and was also awarded at Vedic Heritage (NY, USA) by Sangeet Martand Pandit Jasraj. Kunal is also a recipient of the National Scholarship, awarded by the Ministry of Culture, Government of India and the Sawai Gandharva Scholarship. Kunal released an album in 2018 which features Santoor with Western Film Score Music first time ever which has won the Global Music Award in “World Music”. This album has also been nominated for the Hollywood Music in Media Awards and was also shortlisted for consideration for the 61st Grammy Awards in the “BEST NEW AGE ALBUM” category.
Vishan Menon has been a student of tabla since 2009. He began his musical journey as a student of Shri. Satish Tare, and is blessed to continue his study of tabla as a disciple of Pandit Anindo Chatterjee, renowned maestro of the Farrukabad Gharana. Vishan also receives guidance in accompaniment from Pt. Partha Chatterjee, accomplished sitarist of the Maihar gharana. Vishan is currently attending San Jose State University, where he is pursuing a degree in Computer Science.
VIVEK DATAR – HARMONIUM
Learnt from (late) Pandit Vinayakrao Kale who was a Gwalior Gharana vocalist. Vivek Datar currently learns from Vidushi Seema Shirodkar, who hails from Mumbai.
Vivek Datar has keen interest in tuning theory and its applications in harmonium. Vivek Datar and Hinge brothers from Mumbai have created a unique, changeable-reed harmonium that has received wide acceptance, and being used by leading harmonium players.
VIKAS YENDLURI – TABLA
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.
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