About the artists:
Born into a rich legacy of music, Bhuvanesh Mukul Komkali (Vocals) is the grandson of Pandit Kumar Gandharva and the son of Mukul Shivputra. Bhuvanesh’s musical journey began at very early childhood with sounds of early morning practice, performances and recordings, and he thus accumulated a very large repertoire. Bhuvanesh’s musical quest continues today under the tutelage of Smt. Vasundhara Komkali and Shri. Madhup Mudgal. Learning from accomplished Gurus deepened Bhuvanesh’s appreciation for his forefather’s talents and renewed his commitment to preserve and extend his heritage. He is currently engaged in enriching the archives of Pandit Kumar Gandharva’s music using the latest in digital technology. Bhuvanesh has composed music for Hindi feature film ‘Devi Ahilya’, and has performed to great acclaim all over India at reputed music festivals. He has been awarded a scholarship by the Cultural Department of Government of India. He was also awarded the Shanmukhanand Shiromani Award, Mallikarjun Mansur Yuva Puraskaar by Govt. of Karnataka and Sangeet Natak Akademi’s prestigious Ustad Bismillah Khan Yuva Puraskar. He is a regular performer for All India Radio and has also performed in USA, Canada and at other international venues.
Abhishek Shinkar (Harmonium) started learning music at an early age from Shankar Mahajan. He continued his vocal and harmonium training under Pt. Nathrao Neralkar at Aurangabad for 5 years under Gurushishya Parampara. He has continued learning harmonium under Pt. Pramod Marathe at Gandharva Mahavidyalaya Pune under Gurushishya Parampara as well. He considers himself fortunate to receive guidance from Taalyogi Pt. Sureshji Talwalkar. He has accompanied these reputed artists at many prestigious concerts: Pt. Suresh Talwalkar, Pt. Nathrao Neralkar, Pt. Ulhas Kashalkar, Pt. Vijay Ghate, Pt. Ramdas Palsule, Vidushi Kalapini Komkali, Pandita Padma Talwalkar, Pt. Raghunandan Panshikar, Shri Bhuvanesh Komkali, Pt. Supreet Deshpande, Smt. Manjusha Patil Kulkarni, Smt. Devaki Pandit to name a few. He has also performed solo concerts at NCPA Mumbai, Gandharva Mahavidyalaya Pune and other venues. Abhishek has completed his Masters of Arts in harmonium and is also a Visharad in Harmonium and Vocal. He has many awards and recognitions to his name, including the Pt. Vishnu Digamber Paluskar Scholarship at Gandharva Mahavidyalaya in Pune, National Youth festival for Harmonium prize, Pt. D.V. Paluskar Award, Sharda Sangeet Vidyalaya, Mumbai and the prestigious Scholarship from Ministry of Culture, India.
Sanjay Deshpande (Tabla) hails from Pune. He was born into a musical family and was introduced to Tabla by Late Pt. Sabade at Pune Bharat Gayan Samaj. He later took training from the renowned Tabla artist Pt. Suresh Talwalkar of Delhi-Farookabad Gharana, in a Guru Shishya Parampara. He also had the privilege of understanding the beauty of Punjab Gharana under the guidance of renowned Tabla maestro Ustad. Alla Rakha Khan Saheb. He is presently being guided by Shri. Yogesh Samsi and Pt. Vivek Joshi. Sanjay is the recipient of the Ahmedjaan Thirakwaa Scholarship for Solo Performance. He has accompanied renowned artists like Smt. Vasundhara Komkali, Pt. Ulhas Kashalkar, Pt. Smt. Malini Rajurkar, Pt. Jasraj, Dr. Prabha Atre, Pt. Dinkar Kaikini, Dr. Ashwini Bhide-Deshpande, Smt. Veena Sahasrabudhe and many others. He has performed at major conferences such as Sawai Gandharwa Music Festival Pune, Paluskar Smarak Conference and many others. He has toured in the USA, UK, UAE, Canada, and several other countries. He has also participated in the World Vocal Festival in Sweden. He is empaneled as a Guru at the Lalit Kala Kendra, University of Pune. He has number of recordings released in his name. His fusion album “Wind From Ayuta” with Korean musicians won the Best Album Award of the Year in 2002 in South Korea.