Anubhuti Fest 2017: In Conversation With Nagpur's Very Own Pt. Ulhas Kashalkar

Pt. Ulhas Kashalkar was performing on the second day of Anubhuti Fest 2017 at Vasantrao Deshpande Hall, Nagpur.

Pt. Ulhas Kashalkar, Anubhuti 2017, ITC SRA, Ustad Rashid Khan, Nagpur, Ajay Chakravarthy

Nagpur’s very own Pt. Ulhas Kashalkar is a popular name when it comes to Indian classical music. Having received training from various gharanas like Jaipur, Gwalior and Agra, Pt. Ulhas Kashalkar previously worked with All India Radio and eventually became Guru at the ITC SRA (Sangeet Research Academy)

Reacho caught up with him right before his performance on the second day of Anubhuti Fest 2017. Here is an excerpt from the interview:

On ITC SRA and the discipline:

It is one of the rare musical institutions which follows the Gurukul system, even today! Many well known and respected personalities who have carved their niche in classical music chose some of the bright students, from all over India, during SRA’s first year. Once the student is admitted to the institution after a series of auditions, the faculty takes care of his musical progress. We have churned out some gems from our first batch. Most prominent ones being Pt. Ajay Chakravarthy and Ustad Rashid Khan. 

On the importance of morning riyaz:

Morning riyaz is very important only because you’ve rested all night. It is said that if you practise during the Brahma Muhurta, then you can attain perfection, very fast. Also, morning is the time, when no one disturbs you, calls or messages you. So, in order to concentrate, morning riyaz is very important!

On Youtube tutorials:

What a student has learnt from Youtube, internet, CDs and cassettes will never transform him into a guru. Youtube videos will help you in learning the basics. But can it help you in making improvisations? Will it guide you by pointing out your mistakes? No! For a student, there is no option other than guru.

Here is one of Pt. Ulhas Kashalkar' iconic for your viewing pleasure:

Since 2014, Anubhuti has cemented its place in Nagpur with its bouquet of performances by the prestigious artists from all across India. This year Anubhuti is again set to bring some enchanting classical performances by some iconic artists of India. For the very first time in the history of Central India, the city will welcome Mahesh Elkunchwar Marathi play 'Magna Talya Kathi' directed by Chandrakant Kulkarni on 25th of February. Know more about this event, here.

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Mandar Pandhare (WRITER)

Mandar Pandhare is a commerce graduate turned journalist. When he is not writing stories or editing articles, he is either busy traveling, cracking lame jokes or drooling over Nagpuri street food.