Smit Tewari (sarod)
Aditya Apte (khayal)
At the age of five, Nainital-based Smit Tewari started learning dhrupad and tabla from his mother Chhaya Tiwari. He has been learning the sarod for the last 12 years, first from his father Chandra Shekhar Tiwari and, since the age of nine, from Suprahat Pal of the Maihar gharana. He has won the first prize in the Pradeshik Sangeet Pratiyogita organised by Sangeet Natak Academy, Lucknow and, among other accolades, was awarded the National Scholarship for Young Artist 2010 by the Ministry of Culture, Government of India. He was awarded the Citi-NCPA Scholarship for Young Musicians for the year 2016-17.
Aditya Apte was initiated into music by his parents when he was very young. As he grew older, his appetite to learn was noticed by his parents who later started to teach him vocal music. He has trained with Maneesha Madhusudan Apte (vocal), Madhusudan Dinkar Apte (vocal) and Pradeep Barot (sarod). He is a shishya of Ulhas Kashalkar as a part of Citi-NCPA Support to Gurus initiative. Apte has performed on many prestigious platforms across India and possesses the zeal, zest and endeavor to keep learning and share what is learnt. He is a co-founder of Shree Madhav Sangeet Vidyalaya’s School of Performing Arts and conducts online as well as offline lessons for Hindustani classical vocal as well as sarod. He has won several awards including gold medals in youth festivals. Apte was the recipient of the Hridayesh Award in 2015 and the Acharya Allauddin Khan Memorial Award in 2016.
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