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 About the Artiste

Rajendra Vaishampayan,Mumbai

Rajendra Started learning Tabla at the age of five. About twelve years thereafter, he came in contact with Pt. Manohar Chimote - who improved the harmonium to play solo performances, created his own style of playing and renamed the instrument as 'Samvadini'. The influence of 'Samvadini' and his Guru Pt. Manohar Chimote, inspired him to learn Samvadini. He started taking lessons on technique of Samvadini playing under the tutelage of Panditji at the age of 17.

Rajendra while doing his engineering in computer science, also dove into the intricacies of music in general and specifically Samvadini playing. Having realized the potential and capability of Samvadini as a solo instrument proven by Panditji and his new technique of playing the instrument, Rajendra has been practicing rigorously to master the instrument.

Although Rajendra is now a Management Consultant by profession working for a Multinational Company, his main mission is to continue popularizing Samvadini as solo performing instrument, an initiative which his Guru adopted as his life mission.

He has toured India and United States for the solo performances of Samvadini. He has with him the privilege of accompanying his Guru in various concerts on Samvadini. He also has the honour of accompanying world acclaimed artistes like Ustad Zakir Hussain, Smt. Veena Sahasrabuddhe Pt. Anindo Chatterjee, Smt. Laxmi Shankarji, Pt. Rajan and Pt. Sajan Mishra. Rajendra was a staff artiste in Alla Rakha Institute of Music playing 'Lehara' for him and his students. Abbaji's close association has taught him the intricacies of 'Laay' and 'Taal'. Rajendra is continuing his exploration in the world of rhythm under the able guidance of Pt. Suresh Talwalkar.

He also has to his name a very rare honour of representing Samvadini in the Orchestra created and conducted by great Sarod maestro, Ustad Ali Akbar Khan Sahib in San Francisco, United States.

email: samvadiniartiste@yahoo.com