|Birth name Ashwini Govind Bhide|
Name Ashwini Bhide-Deshpande
Origin Mumbai, India
Spouse Rajendra Deshpandey
Years active 1980–present
Education University of Mumbai
|Born October 7, 1960 (age 55) (1960-10-07) |
Genres Khayal, Bhajans, Thumris
Occupation(s) Hindustani classical vocalist
Albums Raga Bageshri, Women Through the Ages (Live)
Awards Sangeet Natak Akademi Award for Hindustani Music - Vocal
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Ashwini Bhide Deshpande: Raag Bhairavi
Dr. Ashwini Bhide-Deshpande (born October 7, 1960) is a Hindustani classical music vocalist from Mumbai. She pursues the Jaipur-Atrauli Gharana, although also influenced by Mewati Gharana and Patiala Gharana.
- Ashwini Bhide Deshpande Raag Bhairavi
- Ashwini Bhide Deshpande Raag Rageshree
- Early life and training
- Performing career
- Musical style
Ashwini Bhide Deshpande: Raag Rageshree
Early life and training
Born in Mumbai into a family with strong musical traditions, Dr. Bhide-Deshpande started her early classical training under the guidance of Narayanrao Datar. She then completed her Sangeet Visharad from the Gandharva Mahavidyalaya. Since then, Dr. Bhide-Deshpande has been under the tutelage of her mother Smt. Manik Bhide, who has been instilling in her the intricacies and traditions of the Jaipur-Atrauli Gharana. Dr. Bhide-Deshpande also received guidance from, Pt. Ratnakar Pai until his death in 2009.
Dr. Bhide-Deshpande holds a Masters degree in Microbiology and earned a doctorate in Biochemistry from Bhabha Atomic Research Centre, a Sangeet Visharad from the Akhil Bharatiya Gandharva Mahavidyalaya Mandal and a Masters degree in music.
It was not until she completed her doctorate, when Dr. Bhide-Deshpande even considered a professional career in music. Despite, Dr. Bhide-Deshpande was well received by musical connoisseurs since her late teens. Since the late 1980s, Dr. Bhide-Deshpande has been on concert tours to every continent and frequently performs at prestigious music conferences around the world, including the Sawai Gandharva Sangeet Mahotsav in Pune, Maharashtra. Her 'Jasrangi Jugalbandi concerts' with Shri. Sanjeev Abhyankar received mixed response from the audience.
Because of her influences from the Jaipur-Atrauli Gharana, and also from Mewati Gharana and Patiala Gharana Dr. Bhide-Deshpande, has created her own musical style. She holds a strong command over the three primary saptaks.
Dr. Bhide-Deshpande has an intimate understanding of Bandish and bandish-composition and has created many of her own bandishes, which she has published in her book, Raag Rachananjali (2004). A sequel titled "Ragarachananjali 2", containing 98 more bandishes (compositions) was published in 2010. She is also known for her setting of bhajans, especially those of Kabir.
Ashwini Bhide is not only a music scholar but is also blessed with a beautiful voice. I have personally known Ashwini since her early teens and it makes me so happy to see her blossom into such a wonderful Khayal singer. She has earned the reputation of being one of the top young artists of India... Having learnt many old compositions, she has been able to retain the spirit of the tradition through the dialects she has used as well as pay attention to the subject matter!
Ashwini Bhide is also a powerful teacher, as well as performer and has taught a handful of distinguished disciples like Saniya Kulkarni-Patankar, Revati Kamat, Shruti Ambekar, Saili Oak Kalyanpur, Shivani Haldipur.