Here I come once again with a few songs of my choice. All the four artists featured this time are first timers on this blog.
Vasantrao Deshpande (1920-1983), as we all know was one of India’s most illustrious classical vocalists. He was equally at ease with the thumri, dadra and ghazal forms. He was an academician too and earned a Ph.D on his thesis on Hindustani Classical music. He was invited to several educational institutions to deliver lectures on music, quite often with live demonstrations.
Ravi Kichlu (1932–1993) was a prominent classical Hindustani vocalist of Agra Gharana, who formed a well known duo with his brother Vijay Kichlu. He also played cricket for Uttar Pradesh.
Sheila Dhar (1929-2001), will not be remembered as much for her singing as for what she wrote about the practitioners and practice of singing. She was a pupil of Pandit Pran Nath of the Kirana Gharana. Born in a Mathur Kayastha family, she was married to P N Dhar, Principal Secretary of late Prime Minister of India, Indira Gandhi. She obtained her MA in English from Boston University. She was a renowned storyteller, musician, and authority on Hindustani classical music. In one of her memoirs she has recalled interesting tales about the Pandits and Ustads of classical music and their fondness for food. As she said quite often : “Raga, Rasoi, Pagree, kabhi kabhi ban jaye…” (melody, food and turban, seldomly come right).
Padmavati Shaligram, born in 1918 in Kolhapur, is one of the senior most vocalists of Hindustani music. She was groomed in the Jaipur Atrauli tradition. She has been performing in public since she was thirteen and climbed to the height of success and glory very early in life. She has been a top ranked performer with the All India Radio, besides featuring in numerous concerts in both the northern and southern states of the country.