The prizes were conferred by Sri B. K. Chandra, President of The Dover Lane Music Conference and the Chairman of P. C. Chandra Group, on 22nd January, 2019 at Nazrul Mancha, Rabindra Sarobar, Kolkata at the inaugural ceremony of 67th Annual Music Conference of The Dover Lane Music Conference.
PRATIMA CHANDRA MEMORIAL AWARD 2018 Judges Details
Pandita Shubhada Paradkar
Pandita Shubhada Paradkar is now quite well known to the music lovers throughout the country and abroad also. Both the critics and the “Rasiks” remember her for “Aggressive Gayaki” and proficiency in the “Layakari” which is rarely seen in the female vocalists today.
While her formal music instructions include a M.A. (Music) degree from S.N.D.T. University, Mumbai, she has also had the benefit of individual tuitions from different Gurus at different points of her career. Born on 21st September, 1957 in Baroda, she began her music training in Baroda by Pt. R.D. Potdar (Kirana Gharana) and Pt. Madhusudan Joshi (Agra Gharana). Subsequently, the famous violinist and vocalist Late Pt. Gajananrao Joshi trained and imparted her Gwalior and Jaipur Gharana styles. Pt. Babanrao Haldankar (Agra Gharana) and Smt. Padmavati Shaligram Gokhale (Jaipur Gharana) have also trained her for long time. She therefore possesses the unique distinction of learning under all the four major Gharanas of Hindustani Classical Music, which has made her distinctive in the present generation of the artistes.
She is regularly guiding senior students in S.N.D.T. University, Mumbai and Lalit Kala Kendra at Pune University through her workshops and Lecture Demonstrations. She has guided students in Bangkok and given performances at different places in Thailand including Bangkok.
Apart from being a regular performer over Radio (Mumbai) and different channels on Television she has performed throughout the country as well as abroad. Her performances at places like Bangkok, Phitsanoluk, Manchester, London, Sujan Sangeet Samaroh and Gharana Sammelan Vileparle (Mumbai), Dover Lane Music Conference (Kolkata), Sawai Gandharva Sammelan (Pune and Kundgol), Taansen Samaroh (Gwalior) and many more places were highly appreciated. Her concerts are full of lively interaction with the rhythm and also she makes excellent use of semi-classical varieties like Thumri, Bhajan. ‘Tappa’ is another ace in her concert.
Smt. Sanjukta Ghosh
Smt. Sanjukta Ghosh is an Indian vocalist in Hindustani classical music from the Patiala Gharana. Initially, she was under the guidance of Prasun Banerjee and later, for almost two decades, from Munawar Ali Khan.
She performed for most of the top Indian conferences, some of them being Tansen Sangeet Sammelan, Sadarang Music Conference, and the Haridas Sangeet Sammelan. She joined the Ali Akbar College of Music at San Francisco, California in 1968. She worked with many artists including Pandit Ravi Shankar, who invited her to sing on his Bangladesh benefit EP, Joi Bangla.She is married to tabla player Shankar Ghosh. Her son is Bickram Ghosh, percussionist.
Sri Omkar Dadarkar
Sri Omkar Shrikant Dadarkar was born on 30 July 1977 at Mumbai. He inherited the art of Music as a family tradition and was initiated into the art by his parents, Sri Shrikant Dadarkar and Smt. Shubhada Dadarkar. Further, he received training under Sri Ram Deshpande, Smt. Manik Verma and from Sri Yashwanthbua Joshi of Gwalior Gharana under the Guru Shishya Parampara scheme of Dadar Matunga Cultural Centre. Selected as a scholar at I.T.C. Sangeet Research Academy in 1999, he also received advanced training under the tutelage of Sri Ulhas Kashalkar. He was trained in light classical music by legendary musician Smt. Girija Devi and Sri Shrinivas Khale. He completed Sangeet Alankar from Gandharva Mahavidyalaya.
He has performed in several prestigious music festivals in Delhi, Kolkata, Mumbai, Kanpur, Lucknow and also got opportunity to present his art abroad. He has been duly awarded for his talent with the Vidyasagar Award from music forum. He is awarded the Ustad Bismillah Khan Yuva Puraskar of Sangeet Natak Academy for the year 2009 for his notable talent in the field of Hindustani Vocal Music. He was enthused by his parents, both being Marathi Natya-Sangeet performers. He trained under his aunt legendary Manik Verma, Pt. Yashwantbua Joshi of Gwalior Gharana and Pt. Ulhas Kashalkar. His performances across India and abroad were highly applauded. He received the prestigious Vidyasagar Award, “Shanmukhananda Hall-Mumbai-Sangeet Shiromani” award, “Chaturanga Sangeet Shishyavrutti Award”, Sangeet Natak Academy Award and Ustad Bismillah Khan Yuva Puraskar. Presently he is a Musician Tutor (Junior Guru) at I.T.C. Sangeet Research Academy, Kolkata. His handsome voice with embellished tans has established him as a brilliant performer.