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 About the Artiste

Ravindra Katoti,Bangalore

Born in a family of music lovers in the year 1969, Ravindra started learning Hindustani classical Harmonium at the age of eight. Since then he has been the disciple of Pandit Rambhau Bijapure, a Harmonium exponent of our times. The blessings and guidance of his Guru, and his own sincere efforts have moulded him into a versatile and brilliant Harmonium player.

Ravindra’s Harmonium solo playing is marked by presentation in gayaki anga along with elaborate exploration of the theme in lucid alap, brilliant layakari, and clear tanakari. Achieving volume control by manipulating bellows is prominently noticeable in his rendition. He is equally proficient in rendering khayal, thumri, dhun, and natyageet.

Several first prizes, scholarships and awards have come in search of Ravidndra’s talent and art. Karnataka Sangeet Nritya Academy awarded him three years’ scholarship (1986-1989). He was honoured at the hands of His Excellency Dr. P. C. Alexander, Governor, Maharashtra State, for his top performance in Yuva Sangeetotsav held at Ujjain (M.P.), organised by South Central Cultural Zone Cultural Centre, Nagpur (1993). Bhatkande Lalitkala Academy Raipur, M.P. conferred upon him the title, Sur Ratna (1994). He is Sangeet Alankar from Akhil Bharateeya Gandharva Mahavidyalaya, Miraj (1995). Ravindra is a regular performer on AIR and DoorDarshan. Many of his performances are also telecast by private TV channels.

Ravindra has also established himself as an able accompanist and received acclaim from many of the top performing vocalists, organisers and connoisseurs as well. He has several cassettes and CDs to his credit.He He has performed throughout the country and abroad, both as a soloist and an accompanist. He has accompanied many of the top ranking vocalists of the country including Dr.Gangubai Hangal, Pt.Bhimsen Joshi, Pt.Jasaraj, and Pt.Yashavantbua Joshi, Pt.Ajoy Chakraborty, Pt.Ganapati Bhat, Ustad Rashid Khan, Smt.Ashwini Bhide, Smt.Shubha Mudgal and Smt.Jayashree Patnekar.

Ravindra took initiative in instituting ‘Bijapure Harmonium Foundation’ in Bangalore. It is a forum dedicated for the cause of promoting ‘Harmonium’

Presently Ravindra is member of Commerce faculty of Government First Grade College, Hoskote. He has been awarded the Doctorate in Commerce by the Karnataka University, Dharwad.

email: ravindrakatoti@yahoo.com