Neela Bhagwat and
Saint poet Kabir Have become synonymous terms over the past five years. Neela Bhagwat who is recognized as one of the most authentic voices of Hindustani music has established herself as a leading exponent of the Gwalior style of singing which specializes not only in the Khayal form but also in
other related forms like the thumri ,the tappa, the ashtapadi, the tarana and the khayalnuma. A thorough grounding in this rich tradition at the hands of revered
gurus like Pt. Sharadchandra Arolkar and Pt. Jal Balaporia activated Neela Bhagwat's creative faculty. It is her constant search for new avenues of innovative expression which led her to the saint
Ms. Neela Bhagwat
4/13 Shah bldg., Bhagat Road, Kataria Road, Mahim, Bombay,
400016, India Tel: 009122 4308935, Fax: 009122 4362373
M. A. in Marathi and Sanskrit, M. A. Sociology from the University of Bombay
Under Shri G. T. Tilak of Jaipur style. Under Pt. Shartchandra Arolkar and Pt. Jal Balaporia of Gwalior. Style.
Work In Other Arts
Dance: Training in Kathak Style of dance under Guru Lachchu Maharaj
Theatre :Played the main role in 'Suno JanantneJaya' directed by Pt. Satyadey Dube
Wriling : Translated: "The Encyclopedia of Social work In India" from English into Marathi.
Published a book of poems in Marathi "Tihai".
Wrote a Monograph Pt. Krishnarao Shankar Pandit, published by Madhya Pradesh Kala Parishad in Hindi and by Popular Prakashan, Bombay, in English
Professional Experience as a musician
Major Public Concerts : Have been performing since 1979 with concerts in Bombay, Pune, Ahmedabad, Calcutta, Madras, Bangalore, Trivendram, Delhi, Hydrabad, Jaipur, Gwalior and Bhopal and other cities of India.
Creative Experiments : Worked and presented "Samantar"?a comparative program of Hindustani and Carnatic music in collaboration with the Karnatic singer Ms. Aruna Sayeeram
Kabir, a concert presentation of the poetry of the great Indian Bhakti saint
Meera a concert presentation of the poetry of the great Indian Bhakti saint
Marathi Khayal a concert presentation of Khayal compositions in Marathi
Sahajobai a concert presentation of the compositions of Sahajobai
Music Recording Releases Audiocassette: 'Voice of Tradition' of classical music released by Swallow Music, Calcutta
Compact disc of classical music by Saydisc, London
Audiocassette 'Colours of Khayal' of classical music released by N A Classicals, Bombay
Compact disc by released by Macara, Paris
Audiocassette and CD on Kabir released by NA Classicals and BMG, Crescendo Bombay?Vol. 1 and 11
Audiocassette of songs of Sahajobai for Osho Ashram
Audiocassette of songs of Meera by released by NA Classicals and Crescendo
Media Radio Regular performances on All India Radio Television Performed on DoorDarshan, Star Plus and Music Asia. Filor, video and audio-?visuals Singing for films Khayal Gatha directed by Kumar Shahni which has won several National and International awards Lasyw directed by Anoop Singh In the name of God directed by Anand Patwardhan which has won several National and International awards Wild Blue directed by Thierry Knauff, Belgium. Janmadinam directed by Suma Josson which has won several National and International awards Scoring music Film Beyond 7hese Works, a one hour film on the great Khayal musician Pt. Sharatchandra Arolkar. Worked on the script and musical content Video Scored music for the following videos Communalism
Brown Sugar Identity Ab Gussa Nahi lIai Mutthibhar Chawal Painter Gaitonde Anavrita.
Audio visuals: Worked on the scripts and scores music for audio-visual programs for. Astha, Bombay, UNICEF and Apana Laya
Educational and Academic work:
Teaching: Taught 'Sociology of Music' in the SNDT University and the 'History of Music' at the University of Bombay.
Conducted workshops in music for children and adults and special courses for women.
Conducted workshops on Voice Culture for students of music as well as theater
Participation in seminars: Participated in Seminars on the following themes 'Development of an Art form, Art Education, cultural Aesthetics', 'Criticism in contemporary arts', 'Cultural Dimension of National Movement', 'Tradition and modernity in Music'.
Awards and Honors and Work abroad: Recipient of a Fellowship of the Ministry of Human Resources and Development Govt. of India.
o concert tour to Europe and U.K. in October, November 1997
o Visit to Pakistan for a convention organized directed by PIPFP1) in November 1998.
Concert tours of Europe in March 99 and November 99 A concert tour of United Kingdom in Nov.' 99.
English, Marathi, Hindi, Sanskrit and a working knowledge of French.
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