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Article: A note on Devaki Pandit and her Music

By Hemlata Marathe
  Devaki Pandit received initial training of music from her mother Smt. Usha Pandit and advanced training from Pt.Vasantrao Kulkarni, Padmabhushan Smt.Kishori Amonkar, Padmashree late Pt.Jitendra Abhisheki. Presently she is learning from known vocalist Pt.Babanrao Haldankar. She started performing at the age of nine and did her first recording at the age of twelve. Since then she has not looked back. Born with melody in her voice and charm in her persona, this young singer has created magic in the world of classical music. She has not only given performances in India, but has undertaken concert tours all over the world at the invitation of prestigious institutions. She has also sung for various films, with renowned music directors, but her attention remains focussed on Hindustani Classical music. Devaki has developed her own style of singing and has won many hearts through her performances.

Here are some of the compositions of Devaki Pandit which are very dear to me:
1) "Daayi Aankh Bole" from the film "Daayra"
2) "Phir bhor bhayee jaaga madhuban"  from the film "Saaz"
3) "Raag Baageshri" from her classical album named "Inner Soul"
4) Bhajan "Sai Se Lagan Kathin Hai.." from "Inner Soul"
5) The ghazal "Aankhonse Baatein..." with Hariharan in the album "Halka Nasha"
6) "Krishna Jal Mein.." & "Shyam Ki Ratt Ab Lagi..." from her album Vrindavan, music composed by Shrinivas Khale
7)"Sanwaren Rang raanchi.." & "Bhayee Hun Baawaree.." from her album "Mohane man Harayu".

Apart from this, she has also sung bhajans by Ramdas Swamiji in the album "Shyam Rang"; shlokas in "Upanishad Amrut";along with Shankar Mahadevan (music by Pt Shiv Kumar Sharma). Her other films include "Kabhi Haan, Kabhi Naa" with Jatin-Lalit, "Betaabi" with Vishal Bharadwaj, "Guddu" with Naushadji. She has recently released an Album called "Aradhana Mahakali", the music of which is composed by herself. She has also sung for "Pt. Hari Prasad Chaurasia in his album named "Krishna Utsav".. Devaki's talent is also honoured by the prestigious awards bestowed upon her. She is the only recipient of the prestigious Kesarbhai Kerkar Scholarship for two consecutive years. She won the Maharashtra State Award for Best Female Playback Singer in 1986 for the film Ardhangi. She also received the Maharashtra Government's  Best Female Playback Singer award in the year 2002. Apart from these awards, she is the recepient of the Alpha Gaurav Puraskar, consecutively for the year 2001 and year 2002, and Mewati Gharana Award for the year 2002. Devaki Pandit gave an enthralling performance in "Ninaad", a Classical music programme on the Star Plus channel. Sa Re Ga Ma, a musical contest on ZEE TV, was privileged to have her as their judge for the children's Mega-final held in November '98  I will go on and on in describing her talent, but I feel her music will speak for itself......



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