Melody maker

RAHUL DESH­PANDE, 31, Singer

India Today - - SIMPLY PUNE -

“My big­gest aim is to pre­serve classical mu­sic and re­vive the sangeet­natak genre which is fast dy­ing out”

Singing wasn’t his first choice. But, to­day, Rahul Desh­pande is a pop­u­lar classical singer. Grand­son of the le­gendary singer Vas­antrao Desh­pande, he is known for his ren­di­tions of classical raga, khayal,

thumri, bhaavgeet (de­vo­tional songs) and the nir­guni bha­jan. He’s done over a thou­sand live shows, has acted in the re­cent film Bal Gand­harva and has done over 60 shows of the pop­u­lar sangeet natak (mu­si­cal play) Kat­yar Kal­jat Ghusali. A re­luc­tant singer, who al­most be­came a char­tered ac­coun­tant be­fore noted writer P L Desh­pande en­cour­aged him to pur­sue mu­sic, ended up win­ning nu­mer­ous awards for his mu­sic. He is also a mu­sic teacher and has judged tal­ent shows on tele­vi­sion.

EARLY START At the age of six, he per­formed at a guru purn­ima event in Pune be­fore tak­ing a break from classical mu­sic classes un­til 1992 when he heard nir­guni bha­jan by Pan­dit Ku­mar Gand­harva. This changed his life. In 2007, he started the Vasan­tot­sav, a pop­u­lar an­nual mu­sic fes­ti­val in mem­ory of his grand­fa­ther.

Con­tact: www.vasan­tot­sav.org

sec­ond opinion

“He is car­ry­ing for­ward his grand­fa­ther’s legacy and is tal

ented enough to reach greater heights in his ca­reer”

SHOUNAK AB­HISHEKI, CLASSICAL SINGER

BHASKAR Paul/www.in­di­a­to­day­im­ages.com

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