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As part of their Horizon Series, and in celebration of Ashadhi Ekadashi, the Indian Council for Cultural Relations in collaboration with Gomant Vidya Niketan is organising an evening of semi classical and devotional songs featuring performing artist Ashvini Modak accompanied by Dattaraj Mhalshi on the harmonium and Uday Kulkarni on the tabla. The concert will be held on July 13, 6 p.m. at Fomento Amphitheatre, Gomant Vidya Niketan, Margao.

A vocalist of the Kiranagharana, Ashvini is known for her command over rhythm and for her sizeable repertoire of common as well as rare ragas. Apart from classical singing, she has equally mastered semi classical genres like thumri,dadra, bhajan, etc.

Ashvini was introduced to music by her mother Latika V Vyaghrambare who herself is a classical vocalist. Her grandfather, late P G Sukhatme was also a stage artist in Marathi theatre. Thereafter she received training from sitar maestro Pandit Bimlendu Mukherjee of the Imdadkhani Gharana for several years. Later she was privileged to receive advanced training from vocalist Padmabhushan Prabha Atre of Kirana Gharana. Over two decades, Ashvini has been learning the advanced techniques of the Kiranagharana under her guidance.

Ashvini is a B High grade artist of All India Radio (AIR) Pune. She has also been selected for empanelment in the ICCR’s Reference Panel of Artistes. She has received the Junior Research Fellowship from CCRT Govt Of India for Hindustani classical vocal music.

A gold medalist in M A Music from the Khairagarh University, she has won many awards such as the Pandit Jitendra Abhisheki Yuva Gayak Puraskar given by the Tarangini Pratishthan and Aapala Parisar; Gaurav Padak given by the Pune Muncipal Corporation; Jeevan Gaurav Puraskar given by the Brihan Maharashtra Mandal, Delhi; Pandit T D Janorikar Award by Gaanwardhan- Pune, Suramani by Sur Singar Sansad Parishad, Mumbai etc.

She is also a recipient of a scholarship from the Ministry Of Human Resource Development, Government of India – New Delhi and topped in the AIR competition for semi-classical genre (Thumari) held in 1997.

Ashvini has her own music academy through which she conducts classes for Hindustani classical vocal music for students from India as well as from abroad. She has also made an online training facility available for students in India as well as abroad. She is also working as a faculty member for vocal music at the Swarmayee Gurukul of Prabha Atre.  

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