Shubha Mudgal
Profiles of Classical Singers

Born into a musically dedicated family, Shubha Mudgal has been trained by some of the finest musicians and musicologists in India. Trained by eminent scholar-musician-composer Pandit Ramashreya Jha "Ramrang",  she also received guidance from Pandit Vinaya Chandra Maudgalya and Pandit Vasant Thakar. She later learnt stylistic techniques from well-known maestros Pandit Jitendra Abhisheki and Pandit Kumar Gandharva. She also received training in thumri from Smt. Naina Devi and is thus a versatile and popular performer.

In addition to being a performer, Shubha has also won recognition as a composer. She is the recipient of numerous awards, including the Padma Shri from the Government of India in the year 2000, and the Gold Plaque Award for Special Achievement in Music at the 34th Chicago International Film Festival, 1998.

She has also been closely involved with several projects related to music education in India. Currently a member of the Central Advisory Board of Education constituted by the Government of India, Shubha also chaired a focus group discussing the need for introducing an arts education program in mainstream school education during the National Curriculum Framework 2005.

Shubha Mudgal will be accompanied on the tabla by Aneesh Pradhan, a disciple of the tabla maestro Pt. Nikhil Ghosh. An accomplished soloist, and accompanist to vocal and instrumental music, as well as dance, Aneesh holds a doctoral degree in History, and is a Senior Research Fellow at the Department of Contemporary Music Studies at Macquarie University, Sydney, Australia.

Shubha Mudgal and Aneesh Pradhan have established an online distribution platform for musicians specializing in diverse forms of Indian music through their website
Among the many projects they have initiated in their efforts to preserve the rich musical heritage of India is , an online encyclopedia of Indian Music.

Sudhir Nayak, who provides harmonium accompaniment, is a disciple of veteran harmonium player Pt. Tulsidas Borkar. He has also received guidance from Pt. Jitendra Abhisheki. An accomplished composer in addition to being a popular performer, Sudhir Nayak is actively and tirelessly engaged in the propagation of Indian music.

All three artistes are dedicated teachers, eager students and well traveled performers who tour extensively for concerts and assignments in India and abroad.

Family Background