Ashwini Bhide Deshpande

Amongst the vocalists of the younger generation of the Jaipur-Atrauli tradition of Khyal singing, Ashwini Bhide-Deshpande is an artiste of great caliber. She has been performing in a number of prestigious music conferences in India for over fifteen years and have had successful concert tours of Europe as well as of North American continent.

Ashwini began her training at the age of five under the guidance of Pandit Narayanrao Datar. After graduating with a “sangeet visharad” from Gandharva Mahavidyalaya, she started receiving guidance and meticulous attention from her mother, Smt. Manik Bhide, a great Khyal singer herself. Ashwini has inherited all that was best in her mother’s style and was able to add a lot to her repertoire with great sensitivity and intellect. Presently she is receiving guidance from Pandit Ratnakar Pai, a veteran of the Jaipur gharana.

Systematic exposition of the Raag structure, brilliant phrasing, variety of taan patterns, ease and grace in all of the three octaves mark her singing. She does not merely present the gammer of a Raag, but can build it up into an aesthetically pleasing experience.

A resident of Mumbai, Ashwini is a graduate in Microbiology and also holds a Ph.D. degree in Biochemistry.

Here is one of her rendition in Raga Bhup, Malaniya Layi :

5 Comments

  1. Shaheen Sultan Dhanji said,

    February 29, 2008 at 4:37 am

    I have had the opportunity to attend Ashwini’s performance in Alberta, and to date it remains one of my treasured memories. Furthermore, I am delighted to listen to one of Gauhar Jan’s track. Janki bai, Gauhar Jan, etc have been most amazing thumri performers of time. Keep inspiring those of us, who are in sheer enjoyment of yester-years.

  2. October 6, 2008 at 1:35 am

    Hello, dear g.a. aka “IndianRaga”!

    has been a while I was here, amazing your work as ever. Actually I am interested in some examples for presenting “Indian drones” (e.g. Tanpura (Hindustani) or Tambura (Carnatic)). Here I found the Tumri examples with Bhimsen Joshi (with two tanpuras) and this Khyal of Ashwini. I think she is accompanying on the Tanpury by herself.

    Can you give me the details of the recordings (e.g. music label, year of publishing, CD title)?

    And would be great if I can download it. Actually not possible (not with eSnips L Generator. I only get a html file for saving. If I open this file anonym.to routes mee again to the esnips.com site. But I want have the mp3 file. Even I tested it with different browsers, e.g. Opera and Firefox. Always the same result.)

    So what to do? – Greetings from Europe/North Germany, Hamburg

    ElJay.

  3. October 6, 2008 at 2:02 am

    …. everything is O.K., dear g.a. Found the mistake. Works proper. So better you delete my last comment here. We don’t need “to make the horses wild”.😉

    Have a good start into the new week! – Keep in touch…

    Greetings – ElJay from Europe/North Germany, Hamburg

  4. Yash Deshpande said,

    May 12, 2010 at 7:20 pm

    Ashwini ji’s rendition is actually Bhoop Nat (a jod-raaga) and not Bhoop. Many thanks for the recording.

  5. Anagha said,

    May 20, 2011 at 11:37 am

    you have built an amazing website. And i request you to upload more of Ashwini ji’s recordings(also if they are downloadable),if possible.🙂 thank you.


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