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INSPIRATION  Kalashringa  Pt. Somanath Mardur 

Kalashringa Pt. Somanath Mardur is one of the foremost performing artist of Hindustani Classical music in India.

Born on 01/06/1943 in Mardur Village in Haveri district, Karnataka, he started to learn music at the age of 8 years. He attained preliminary education from Pt. Veerappaiya Swamiji Marol. Then he moved to Gadag to continue his career in music. He had the fortune to receive systematic and advance training from Ubhayagana Visharada Padma Bhushan Dr. Pt. Puttaraj Gawaiji. During this period at young age of 17 he stood  first on All India Radio Music competition in Classical Vocal Music and secured Gold Medal received from Honourable Dr. S. Radhakrishnan, the President of India in 1961.

Then Panditji came to Dharwad, a well-known centre of Hindustani Classical Music and continued his higher knowledge with Padma Bhushan Dr. Pt. Basavaraj Rajguruji (the Great veteran of  Kirana Gharana) and with Padma Vibhushan Dr. Pt. Mallikarjun Mansur (the Great Vocalist of Jaipur Gharana). 

With a melodious voice and very rich style of presentation  of Khayal, Panditji has established his name throughout India as a very promising singer of his generation. Panditji is a  “A-Top Grade Artist” of A.I.R. and Doordarshan. He has developed  his own style imbibing the finer aspects of other styles of singing. His presentation of Thumari and devotional songs are excellent.  His high thinking Taans of pure Rag have given crown to his Gayaki.

Raag Udaybhanu and Hamir Kedar are his new creation.

He has performed in all over India like Dharwad, Bangalore, Mysore, Mangalore, Udupi, Goa, Mumbai, Delhi, Pune, Kolkata, Hyderabad, Chennai, Kochin, Varanasi  etc.

He has got so many prestigious awards like :

In 1978 Surmani Award by Sur Shringar Sansad Mumbai

In 1994 Karnatak Sangeet Heritage Academy Award.

In 2004 Karnatak Rajyotsav Award

In 1998 Gulbarga Sangeet Ratna Award

In 2001 Swar Mantrik Award 

In 2001 Kirana Gharana  Award  Mumbai

In 2010 Ganashree Award

In 2011 Pt. Puttaraj Gawai Samman Award.

In 2012  Chandrahas Award

In 2016  Rajya Sangeet Vdiwan Award

In 2019  Gana Chandra Award

In 2018  Ajeevan Man Shresta Sangeet Sadhana Award – Rotary club Dharwad.

In 2019 – Sadhak Shiva Award

He has done many prestigious performances and received many awards in the country.

He is fully dedicated to his disciples on teaching the Hindustani Classical Music. He is very sincere to his students on Guru SishyaParampara. 

He has professionally trained more than 1000 students, many of them are established singer in India and abroad. His elder daughter Swara Shree Veena S Mardur- Pune, The 2nd Daughter  Surmani Vani Mardur- Bangalore and his younger son Pandit Kumar Mardur- SRA Kolkata, are well known professional  Artist in India and abroad.

His elder Son in law Shri.Venkat Raman – Flute player in Pune, His 2nd Son in law Shri. Shivanand is a well-known Classical Singer in Bangalore.

His  Grand students, daughters  and  grandsons  are also coming up well trained in the field of  Hindustani Classical Music, they have started  earning their name and fame in the country. 

With  his hard work the 2nd generation  will  receive more knowledge, make a good and strong  students which will generate more professional  artist  in India and  abroad 

FOUNDER

  

SWAR SHREE SMT. VEENA MARDUR

Being a Daughter of Pandit Somanath Mardur, a celebrated Hindustani Classical Vocalist of India; Music runs into the blood of Swarashree Smt. Veena Mardur. Her birth place, Dharwad in Karnataka is an iconic place that has produced stalwart musicians in Hindustani Classical music like Padmavibhusan Dr. Gangubai Hangal, Padmavibhushan Dr. Mallikarjun Mansurji, Bharat Ratna Pt. Bhimsen Joshi, Padmabhushan Pt. Basavraj Rajguruji, and the legend Pt. Kumar Gandharva.

 

Training since the age of eight in Kirana Gharana with her father and Guru Kalashringa Pt. Somanath Mardur, Smt. Veena Mardur has significant.

Achievements to her credit:

- A GOLD medalist in M.A. and B.A. music from Karnataka University Dharwad.

- Sangeet Visharad from Akhil Bharatiya Gandharva Mahavidhyalaya.

- Topper in Sangeet Vidwat of Karnataka Secondary Board.

 The Professional recognition and awards conferred upon her offer a glimpse at her singing capabilities:

- YUVA KALAKAR award in 1989 – Tontadarya Math Gadag by Padmavibhushan Dr. Mallikarjun Mansur.

-  TAMANKAR Award of Hangal Music Foundation, Hubli by Padmavibhushan Dr. Gangubai Hangal.

- SWARASHREE Award in 1997 – Veerashaiva Samanvaya Samiti Bangalore.

- YUVA PRATIBHA PURASKAR in 2002 of Sharana Sahitya Parishad Bangalore.

- BAIJU BAVARA SANGEET SAMAROH Award - Varanasi (Banaras)- 2007.

- YUVA NATIONAL AWARD – 2013 SWAR SAMRAT Padmabhushan Dr. Basavaraj Rajguru trust Dharwad from Hon’ble Chief Minister of Karnataka.

An empanelled artist of ICCR. She has been singing in Akashwani and Doordarshan since a long time. She is an AIR and Doordarshan approved artist in Hindustani Classical Music - vocal.

SWAR SHREE SMT. VEENA MARDUR is a specialist in:

 Khayal Gayaki (Hindustani Classical Music Vocal)

 Thumri / Dadra

 Bhajan / Devotional Songs

She inherits a very sweet, melodious, powerful voice and has

Mastered the “Kirana Gharana” gayaki style which is famous for its

Swar and laya Pradhan.

About her Guru:
Her Guru and father,Pandit Somnath Mardur was a disciple of Pt. Veerappayya Swamiji, Ubhayagana Vishaarad Padmabhushan Dr. Pt. Puttaraj Gawaiji, Padmabhushan Dr. Pt.Basavaraj Rajguruji, Padmavibhushan Dr. Pt. Mallikarjun Mansurji.


 
 

Services Provided

We perform, organize  and teach Hindustani  Classical Music 

For more details please contact-

    

Mobile No.08380971624 / 08888854764

veenamardur632@gmail.com

veenamardur@mardurmusicfoundation.in


Founders

Swara Shree  Smt Veena Mardur daughter of  Kalashrunga Pt Somnath Mardurji.