Surmala – A Hindustani Classical Music Series

Virtual SURMALA scheduled for Saturday April 17th at 6pm – 7 pm


Sanket Oak ji has been learning Tabla from his Guru Shri. Navin Sharma ji (student of Ustad Allarakha Khan ji) for the past 20 years. He has accompanied his Guru on many solo performances. Sanketji follows a Punjab Gharana style of playing Tabla. He has been performing regularly in almost every city in India like Mumbai, Pune, Jodhpur, Bangalore, Chennai, Hyderabad etc and at prestigious venues like Ravindra Natya Mandir (Mumbai), Dinanath Mangeshkar Natya Gruha, Nehru center and many more. He has also toured internationally like London, Kuwait, Brunei, Dubai, Muscat, Nigeria, Singapore, Indonesia and others for his concerts. Sanketji has also been accompanying many well-known Kathak artists during their dance training and dance shows.

Siddhesh Bicholkar – HARMONIUM 

Siddhesh ji is Sangeet Alankar from Akhil Bhartiya Gandharva Mahavidyalaya, Miraj. Having imbibed primary lessons in music since childhood, Siddhesh has been privileged to receive guidance from his first Guru Shri. Sharad Matkar in Goa, and later placed under the tutelage of Pt. Tulsidar Borkar, a renowned Harmonium expert and guru.The difficult and lesser known art of ‘Jaltarang’ was taken up by Siddhesh with inspiration from Shri. Sharad Matkar, who personally crafted his first set of Jaltarang instrument. Siddhesh gained valuable knowledge about instrumental recitals and depths of classical music from Pt. Tulsidas Borkar, enabling him to present Jaltarang recitals, a very rare occurrence in Indian Classical Music. He has been recipient of many eminent music scholarships including accolades by the Govt. of India and H.R.D Ministry and many other awards. Siddhesh has performed at many major and prestigious events and accompanied many music legends like Pt. Jasraj ji, Ustad Zakir Hussain, Pta. Girija Devi, Vidushi Shubha Mudgal, Dr. Ashwini Bhide Deshpande, PT. Nayan Ghosh, Pt. Chunnilal Mishra, Pt. Venkatesh Kumar and many more.

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