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Chandrakant Sardeshmukh,Japan



Dr. Chandrakant Sardeshmukh is an accomplished sitar player, being a senior disciple of Pt. Ravishankar and Mrs. Annapurnadevi. He has performed many concerts in Germany, Australia, Japan and America. He is also director of the Sama Sangeet Sabha and Research Centre, Bharatiya Sanskriti Darshan Trust, Vagholi, Pune and in this role, actively promotes traditional Indian culture and art forms throughout the world.

From 1963 to 1976 his talent flourished under the tutelage of Pandit Ravishankar and Mrs. Annapurnadevi Ravishankar. Dr. Sardeshmukh started playing the sitar at the age of four under the guidance of Ustad Shabuddin Khan and Khurshid Mirajkar.

In 1976, Rajasthan University honored him with the title sangeet vibushan (sitar scholar) and in the same year, Soor Singar Sansad, Bombay, awarded him the title soormani. He was the first master fellow of the National Centre for Performing Arts in 1971-1976.

His Holiness Jagadguru Shri Shankaracharya from Sringeri felicitated him as the darbari sitarvadak (royal sitarist) in 1981.

Dr. Sardeshmukh is a scholar and researcher in the Samavedic music tradition. The University of Poona awarded him a Ph.D. in Sanskrit for the thesis entitled "Samavedic Basis of Indian Music." The essence of this research was published through the Indian national press in 1987.

Dr. Sardeshmukh has given concerts throughout Japan since 1991, including those at Hiroshima, Kobe, Shizuoka, Chiryu and Tokyo. In 1992 he performed at the Okinawa International Music Festival and has made televised appearances on the Japanese national network. In concerts he has also featured Japanese drums and duet with shakuhachi (Japanese flute). A series of performances in various Japanese schools during 1995 and 1996 was highly successful as children were provided with a comprehensive introduction to Indian music and culture.

He has been a trustee of the Bharatiya Sanskriti Darshan Trust since 1979 and has held the office of executive trustee since 1996.

Email: chandrakant@darshanam.com
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