Singer, Musician, Teacher
Singing Language: English, Hindi, Marathi
Singing Category: Classical, Bollywood, Folk, Bhajan, Ghazal, Sufi
Teaching Language: English, Hindi, Marathi, Gujarati
Teaching Category: Bhajan, Classical
Teaching Instrument: Guitar, Tabla, Violin, Sitar, Sarangi, Sarod, Tanpura, Veena, Santoor, Other, Rudraveena, Orchestra
Instruments: Guitar, Keyboard
Veena Sadhika Dr.Radhika
“THE FIRST EVER LADY VICHITRA VEENA PLAYER”
Innovator of smallest Vichitra Veena ever
The tunes enfold over her Veena making us sense the vibrant force of waves of the immeasurable oceans. Dr. Radhika - The befitting inheritor to the bequest of the musical treasure of Umdekar Gharana, Dr. Radhika is the first ever lady in the world who mastered playing the Vichitra Veena. …
Grand Daughter of the renowned vocalist late Pandit Balabhau Umdekar from the court of Gwalior Gharana, Radhika is an excellent player of Sitar and vocalist. Also, she is learning Vichitra Veena under the proficient guidance of her father Pt.Shriram Umdekar and Mohan Veena maestro Pt. Vishwamohan Bhatt. While offering wholesomeness to the style of playing Vichitra Veena, Dr. Radhika has made many significant changes to Vichitra Veena that were never been attempted by any other artist till date. She has given a very appropriate size to Vichitra Veena and Made Smallest Vichitra Veena Ever,She has increased the tonal quality of Instrument to make it more popular and admissible.
Dr. Radhika has crafted some mesmerizing Ragas in the small life span of hers so far and has mesmerized the listeners with her Vichitra Veena performance in many seminars all over the world. She has performed in many concerts in India and abroad and successfully conducted workshops and lectures on Indian Classical music and Fusion music in the countries far and wide. She has given recitals on various television channels. Dr. Radhika has several Indian and foreign students who are learning the Vichitra Veena along with many other Indian instruments and vocal. As an acclamation of the work done by Dr. Radhika, various international publications, news channels, reality shows as well as Radio and print media have featured news & articles on her. Many awards and honours given to her. Informative documentaries are made on her performances of Vichitra Veena by electronic media. Countless music lovers in the country and abroad are ardent aficionado of the Vichitra Veena recited by Dr. Radhika
The Instrument and the music style
A rare and difficult instrument to play Vichitraveena does not have frets, hence notes have to be produced by sheer dint of practice in tandem with a pair of well tuned ears.
Notes in the instrument are produced in a unique way by pressing the open strings with a “Shaligrama”. Radhika has made a few changes in the instrument which allows her to produce sound effects of contemporary stringed instrument which is not attempted by any other player of Vichitraveena.
Radhika plays both “Gatkari” as well as “Dhrupad” anga on Vichitra veena.She had recently made some changes in vichitra veena again And made a smallest vichitra veena ever …
Titles and Awards
Honoured by The PERSON OF THE YEAR 2013 INTERNATIONAL AWARD,by the gates and coustion foundation of U.K
Honoured by the title of “TOYI” (Ten Outstanding Young Indian) by Indian Jaycees.
Honoured by the title of “Surmani” by Sursingar sansad Mumbai 2002., “Gwalior Ratna” by Gwalior Jaycees. “Sangeet Kala Ratna”. “Nadsadhak”.
Awarded National Talent search Scholarship by centre for cultural resources and training, New Delhi.
Awarded Durlabh sangeet shaily scholarship by Ustad Alauddin khan sangeet Academy Bhopal.
Awarded Scholarship by Ministry of tourism & culture, Govt. of India for Vichitraveena.
Gold Medal at 13th Yuva Sangeet Nritya Mahotsav organized by south central zone cultural in 2000.
She participated at the All India Radio music competition held by Akashvani was given special award and Gold medal.
Bronze Medal at National Youth Festival Calcutta in 1997.
Zee TV & many other news channels has shown A feature on her ,
Many International and National Newspaper magazine cover her Story and Interviews.
Director Of Aarohi Promotions & Veena Venu Art Foundation
AAROHI PROMOTIONS is a Musical Venture of Dr.Radhika. Aarohi Promotions organizes musical programs throughout the year, wherein, besides renowned music maestros; a number of proficient artists also present their adept performance of music & vocal arts. Music & verses is a priceless wealth one can possess.
VEENA VENU ART FOUNDTAION is an initiative with vision to save and Promote Indian Art and Culture. It’s a Revolution for the Cultural Devlopment of Navi Mumbai. Here she teaches all traditional and ancient Instruments of Indian Music Sitar, Indian Slide Guitar, Mohan Veena, Vichitra Veena, Santoor all other Indian Instruments &All forms of Vocal Music.
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