Hemant Krishna (bansuri)
Kashmira Joshi Sarnobat (khayal)
Hemant Krishna was neither born in a family of musicians nor did he have any meaningful exposure to Indian classical music till the age of 25. It was only after he moved to Mumbai that he began to attend Hindustani classical concerts. An opportunity to listen to a live concert of Nityanand Haldipur drew him to the music of the Maihar gharana and a desire to learn how to play the bansuri. In 2012, he began the study of the bansuri under Milind Sheorey, a noted flautist and a disciple of Annapurna Devi. In December 2013, he began his tutelage with Haldipur, also a student of Annapurna Devi, whose music had originally inspired him to take up the bansuri. To encourage Krishna’s sincerity and dedication towards the art of playing the bansuri, Nityanand Haldipur took him under the ‘NCPA-Citi Support to Gurus’ programme in 2022.
Kashmira Joshi Sarnobat was initiated into music at the age of seven, having received extensive vocal training from her mother, Shyamala Joshi and initial lessons in tabla from her father, Abhay Joshi. She has completed her M.A. in Hindustani Classical Music from the University of Pune (Lalit Kala Kendra) under the guidance of Padma Talwalkar, from whom she continues to receive training today under ‘NCPA-Citi Support to Gurus’ programme. She has also received extensive training on voice technique in light music a few years ago from Kishore Kulkarni, disciple of renowned singer and music director Hridaynath Mangeshkar. In addition to teaching Indian classical and light music for the last 15 years, Sarnobat has accompanied Talwalkar in concerts around the country and continues to give solo music performances in and around Pune.
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