Profile

Born into a lineage of Sanskrit scholars and classical musicians and as the son of the eminent Marathi stage actor and producer Prabhakar Panshikar, Raghunandan Panshikar's aptitude for music was recognized and fostered from an early age.

At 11, Raghunandan began his formal study of music in Mumbai under the tutelage of the late Pandit Vasantrao Kulkarni. Six years later, he commenced training with the doyen of the Jaipur-Atrauli gharana, Gaan Saraswati Smt. Kishori Amonkar. Over the next 17 years under Kishori-ji's keen guidance, he worked painstakingly to imbibe her complex and unique musical style through rigorous daily riyaaz. During this time, Raghunandan was also fortunate to learn from Kishori-ji's mother & guru, the late Gaan Tapaswini Smt. Mogubai Kurdikar, who learned directly from the the late Sangeet Samrat Ustad Alladiya Khan, founder of the Jaipur-Atrauli gharana. By training with both Mogubai-ji and Kishori-ji, Raghunandan achieved an authenticity in many aspects of the Jaipur-Atrauli style - a full throated akaar, dazzling taans, a sophisticated use of techniques such as meend and gamak, and a clever grasp of the intricacies of layakari.

Now Raghunandan's Gayaki (style of singing) emerging as a perfect blending of various styles of different gharanas and today his name is recognised as a talented and matured artiste of current generation.


In addition to a mastery of the presentation of classical raags, Raghunandan's command of semi-classical genres (thumri, ghazal, bhajan, abhang, etc.) accounts for his versatility & singularity among Hindustani vocalists. By training with Kishori-ji in these various styles, Raghunandan developed an innate, emotive vocal quality and honed his Hindi/Urdu, Marathi, and Sanskrit diction. Raghunandan's presentation of ghazal compositions of Kishori-ji have enthralled music aficionados.

Raghunandan has recorded many classical albums under reputed record labels such as HMV (Mumbai) and Alurkar Music House (Pune). His commercially available raags are Bhoop Nat, Niranjani Todi, a Pahadi Thumri, Bhoop, Sampoorna Malkauns, Pooriya Dhanashree, Anand Malhar, Nayaki Kanhada, Bilaskhani Todi, Shuddha Sarang, Hansadhwani, Mishra Kafi, and Basant Bahaar.

Raghunandan's magical classical and semi-classical music performances have charmed audiences throughout India, in the states of Maharashtra, Karnataka, Goa, Delhi, Madhya Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh, Punjab, Bengal, and Kerala. Very early in his musical career, he has already been conferred with numerous awards, such as the 'Dattopant Deshpande Puraskar' (1992, Pune), the ‘Sangeet Kala Ratna Puraskar’ (2000, Patna), and the 'Manik Verma Puraskar' (2005, Pune).Raghunandan made his mark in playback singing also when he sang for the Hindi art-film by Govind Nihalani, ‘Drishti’, whose music was composed by Kishori-ji.

Pursuing as a classical vocalist, Raghunandan has successfully achieved name and fame as a music composer in various musical aspects such as
Marathi stage drama- 'Avgha Rang Ekchi Zala' written by Dr.Meena Nerurkar and produced by Natyasampada.
In this drama Raghunandan's music is admired by stalwarts as well as young generation as the music compositions are based on
tradional and modern type of music.


Albums as a Music composer/director

  • The series of health mantra by Times Music
  • ManasPuja and Devi by HMV Sa Re Ga Ma
  • Omkaranand Darshanam
  • Omkaranand Vandanam
  • More Sawariya ( A type of fusion music)

Awards:-

  • Smt.Manik Verma Puraskar
  • Upadhye Smriti Puraskar for contribution in Indian Classical Music

Achievements:- (Best Music Direction)For The Musical Drama 'Avgha Rang Ekachi Zala'

  • Z Gaurav Puraskar
  • Ma.Taa.(Maharashtra Times) Sanman
  • An Award from Maharashtra State
  • Ramkrishnabua Vaze Puraskar

Raghunandan has toured extensively with Kishori-ji and independently across India, the U.S., Europe, and the Middle East. For more information about the artist and upcoming performances, please contact:

H-2, 457, Panorama Bldg.
HIG, Laxmi Nagar
Parvati, Pune - 411009
Maharashtra, India
Tel: + 91 - 020 - 24232384
Mob: +91 - 9326264440
E-mail: raghu_panshikar@rediffmail.com

To learn music online from Pt. Raghunandan Panshikar, please visit   www.shadja.com

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