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