Arati Thakur-Kundalkar @ Spark.Live

Arati Thakur-Kundalkar 

Indian Classical & Semi-Classical Vocalist, and a Torch Bearer of Kirana Gharana

25+

Years of Experience

5000+

Number of Lives Touched

Pune

City of Residence

 Speaks:  Hindi, English
 Lives in:  Pune
Arati Thakur-Kundalkar @ Spark.Live

Arati Thakur-Kundalkar 

Indian Classical & Semi-Classical Vocalist, and a Torch Bearer of Kirana Gharana

 Speaks:  Hindi, English
 Lives in:  Pune

25+

Years of Experience

5000+

Number of Lives Touched

Pune

City of Residence

Book Session
Music
Languages: Hindi, English
Arati Thakur-Kundalkar @ Spark.Live

Arati Thakur-Kundalkar 

Indian Classical & Semi-Classical Vocalist, and a Torch Bearer of Kirana Gharana

₹2600.0  ₹2080.0

Book Session
Hindustani Classical and Semi-Classical Vocal Classes for Beginners: Kirana Gharana Raag and Swara, Bandish, Thumri-Dadra, Marathi Abhang, and Hindi Bhajan
Language: Hindi, English
Arati Thakur-Kundalkar @ Spark.Live

Arati Thakur-Kundalkar 

Indian Classical & Semi-Classical Vocalist, and a Torch Bearer of Kirana Gharana

₹2600.0  ₹2080.0

About

Arati Thakur-Kundalkar is an extremely talented vocalist and has been recognized as one of the torch bearers of the Kirana Gharana. 

With a penchant for music from a young age, Arati received her initial music lessons at the tender age of nine from the veteran Kirana Gharana vocalist, Late Smt. Leelatai Gharpure. Following these lessons, she pursued this style in depth from Kirana Gharana's living legend, Swaryogini Padmabhushan Dr Prabha Atre. 

With an MA in Music from SNDT University, Arati is a rank-holder and a Sangeet Visharad in Hindustani Music from Gandharva Mahavidyalaya.

Other than Khyal music, Arati has also learnt several semi-classical forms such as Thumri, Dadra, and Ghazal from Dr Sanjeev Shende and Dr Prabha Arte. With a deeply soulful and melodious voice groomed to perfection over the years, Arati has benefitted from the guidance of Dr Arawind Thatte, harmonium maestro and musicologist. 

In her concerts, Arati presents classical and semi-classical devotional compositions with equal intensity and expertise. 

She has performed in many music conferences all over India. Her performances and training have been well received, acknowledged, and respected by veteran musicians such as: 

  • Pt. Bhimsen Joshi
  • Ganhira Hirabai Badodekar
  • Pt. Firoz Dastur
  • Pt. Ulhas Kashalkar
  • Smt. Malini Rajurkar
  • Smt. Devaki Pandit
  • Dr. Alka Deo Marulkar
  • Smt. Arati Ankalikar
  • Pt. Rajan Sajan Mishra
  • Pt. Mukul Shivputra
  • Smt. Padma Talwalkar

Arati is also an impaneled artist on the ICCR (Indian Council for Cultural Relations), Lalit Kala Kendra at the Center for Performing Arts in Pune University, and Kalavardhini as a Guru. She is a graded artiste of AIR for classical vocal and light music.

Arati has been bestowed the following awards during her illustrious career: 

  • Parundekar Puraskar in the prestigious Sawai Gandharva Bhimsen Mahotsav, Pune, at the hands of Kirana Gharana senior vocalist Pt. Feroz Dasturji
  • Pt. Jitendra Abhisheki Yuva Puraskar by Tarangini Pratishtan
  • Pt. Sangameshwar Gurav Yuva Gaayak Puraskar by Kalanubhav Charitable Trust at the hands of Pt. Ulhas Kashalkar
  • The prestigious Gaan Heera Award
  • Surmani Award from Sur-Singar Samsad, Mumbai
  • Pt. Ramkrishnabuwa Vaze Yuva Gayak Puraskar by Gandharva Mahavidyalaya, Pune
  • Sudha Sindhu Puraskar by Sur Sangat Sanstha, Pune
  • Paingankar Puraskar by Pt. Jasraj Mitra Mandal, Pune
  • Late Pramilabai Deshpande Puraskar by Deshastha Rigvedi Shikshan Sanstha, Pune 
  • Felicitation by the Mayor of Pune Municipal Corporation

Furthermore, she has won the first prize in various prestigious music competitions such as: 

  • National level semi-classical music competition organized by Dr Prabha Atre Foundation
  • Gaanvardhan Pune, semi-classical music competition
  • Inter-college Swar-Madhuri competition
  • Sur Samvardhan competition
  • Late Jayantrao Mirajkar competition
  • All India Radio (Pune center) for light music
  • D.V. Paluskar competition

She has been training students in Hindustani Classical and Semi-Classical Music for over a decade. Recently, she has started providing online vocal training classes on Spark.Live to reach a wider audience and spread the beauty of Hindustani Classical and Kirana Dharana all over the country.