Much of India’s individuality comes from the interconnectedness of its many disciplines. From the
arts, music and dance to the cuisine, medicinal practices and religion, each are viewed as a part of
the whole that is one’s life; parts to be put in perfect balance with one another, always striving for the
attainment of perfection and enlightenment.
The spiritual, ritualistic and devotional structure of India is a glittering multiplicity of faiths,
icons, systems and ways of living. The Bhakti cult is a system which germinated perhaps around the
5th century A.D. and made its most voluminous contributions between the 15th and 18th centuries
A.D. the Cult was concretized by the great Bhakti saints like Meerabai, Kabirdas, Surdas and
Tulsidas..all saint singers who spoke and sang the language of the common folk extolling the virtues
of good thoughts, good deeds and an existence of simplicity, honest work and devotion to one
Supreme Lord. The Bhakti cult was a movement against the atrocities of the ritualism, casteism,
untouchability and other aberrations which had crept into the formal religious practices.
In Prayer With Maestros…brings alive the cult of Bhakti in the voice of maestros who
have dedicated their lives to music…who have in their own way spread the message of these Bhakti
Kishori Amonkar is the daughter of Smt. Mogubai who herself was a renowned vocalist of the Jaipur
Atrauli Gharana. Kishori Amonkar Trained under her mother, thus imbibing the distinct traditions of
her ‘Jaipur Atrauli Gharana’. She ventured into light-classical music as well without making any
compromises on the principles of her ‘Gharana’. She has sung for films too and composed music for
the film ‘Drishti’.
Considered as the finest female vocalist of her generation, Kishori Amonkar has been
blessed with a naturally melodious voice. The distinguishing feature of her performance is the
effortlessness with which she presents gagas. Her renderings keep intact the tradition of the Jaipur
Atrauli Gharana without being tradition bound, thus winning the acclaim of purists as well as laymen.
An ardent devotee of Raghvendra Swami, her music is an offering of love and devotion at his
Arun Dravid, Raghunandan Panshikar, Padma Talwalkar, Manik Bhide, Meera
Panchikar, Nandini Bedekar, Vidya Bhagwat, Maya Upadhyaya, granddaughter Tejashree
Amonkar, and violinist Milind Raikar are some of Kishori Amonkar’s disciples.
Among the numerous awards bestowed upon her are the Padma Vibhushan, Sangeet
Natak Academy Award, Rashtrapati Award and the prestigious Sangeet Samragni Award.
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