Shantanu Gokhale (santoor)
Meher Paralikar (khayal)
An NCPA Presentation
Born into a family of music connoisseurs, Shantanu Gokhale started learning the nuances of Indian classical music at the age of three when he would try to emulate the tabla bols recited by his maternal grandfather, Uddhav Vaidya. His paternal grandfather, Dr. S.V. Gokhale, provided a rich musical environment at home as well. At 14, Gokhale, who was captivated by the musicality of Shiv Kumar Sharma, began to study the santoor with Sharma’s disciple Dhananjay Daithankar. After seven years, he became Shiv Kumar Sharma’s disciple. In the eight years he spent studying with the santoor maestro, he learned the vast repertoire of Indian classical music in the traditional guru-shishya parampara. Gokhale has completed his post-graduation in Dental Surgery.
Meher Paralikar started his journey in Indian classical music at the tender age of eight under the tutelage of Yashashree Kadlaskar. Thereafter, he continued his training under the guidance of Padmakar Thatte. In 2011, Paralikar began receiving taleem from Ajoy Chakrabarty at Shrutinandan. In 2014, he received a scholarship from ITC Sangeet Research Academy in Kolkata where he continues his training and is a senior scholar. Paralikar has been the recipient of several awards including the Maharashtra Gaurav Award, Lata Mangeshkar Sur Sadhak Award & CCRT scholarship. In addition to performing at festivals around the country, he has given extensive vocal support to his guru in several concerts and performed thumri, bhavgeet, bhaktigeet, natyasangeet, etc. as well as Hindustani classical vocal music.
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