Sri Keerti Kumar Badseshi, a child prodigy who stated performing at the age of 5, initially trained under Sri Ramachari Jalihal and Smt. Geeta Gayatri Chakravarthy. Later Pt. Vinayak Torvi Groomed Keerti into a complete performer, imparting invaluable musical knowledge along with the art of performance and different aspects of musicianship. Today Keerti is known for his magical rendition of khayaal gaayaki in the Kirana and Gwalior styles, and also for his devotional music.
Keerti’s devotional and classical albums have won the hearts of many listeners.
Keerti was awarded a scholarship by the Ministry of Human Resources Development, Govt. Of India and Karnataka Sangeet Nritya Academy, Bangalore. Many prestigious music festivals have seen Keerti’s mettle as a performer and his performances have not been limited to the boundaries of India. Music lovers from the USA and the Gulf states have been enthralled by his artistry. Keerti was awarded the title of Sangeet Ratna by Bangiya Sangeet Parishad, affiliated to Shanti Niketan, Kolkata.
Keerti is a ‘B High’ grade artiste of All India Radio and Doordarshan. Keerti has given playback and lent his mellifluent voice to many television serials and documentaries. Besides being a vocalist, he also composes bandishes and taranas. Keerti is a Director of Sur Naman, an Institute for Music and Performing Arts in Bangalore.
The guru-shishya tradition has always been an integral part of Indian culture. In case of performing arts like Hindustani classical music, the importance of a guru cannot bu over emphasised, since the learning process is primarily aural. The relationship between Guru and disciple is an intricate as a raaga itself. The Guru teaches a student the rigour of the discipline and yet frees him to improvise. The role of the guru is more than simply imparting the technical knowledge of music, as he enables the student to discover his own voice. This process enriches both a generous Guru and a sincere disciple – a good performance after all, affirms both. Just as a guru looks for the desire and determination to learn in a student, the student looks for guidance, inspiration and encouragement from a Guru.
The bandishes (compositions) in this Album are all written and composed by Keerti himself. The depth of the guru-shishya bond and Keerti’s own guru-bhakti is reflected in many of the wordings, such as Krupa karo Guru more, Guru Narayan Guru Parameshwar, Guru ki mahima jaanon, or Guru bina nahi mohe chaina.
This composition, launched on the auspicious occasion of Guru Purnima 2012, is dedicated to the teaching fraternity who have provided true guidance to thousands, and have spread the essence of Indian heritage, tradition and culture amongst seekers of a deeper knowledge.
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