Chaitanya Kunte (Harmonium player)
Chaitanya Kunte is a multi-dimensioned personality, who has received a great appreciation as a Harmonium player, composer and scholar. Chaitanya has been undergoing extensive training in Indian classical music, especially for Harmonium under able guidance of his Guru Dr. Arawind Thatte. He has also benefitted by the valuable guidance by Pt. Mohanrao Karve and Dr. Ashok Da. Ranade for Hindustani vocal music. Chaitanya has enriched his knowledge of music & musicology in acquaintance of many maestros & scholars.
Chaitanya is one of the leading young artistes having accompanied maestros such as Pt. Bhimsen Joshi, Kishori Amonkar, Pt. Dinkar Kaikini, Dr. Prabha Atre, Pt. Ramashrey Jha, Pt. Balasaheb Punchhawale, Pt. Yashwantbuwa Joshi, NrityaPanditaa Rohini Bhate, Pt. Birju Maharaj, Vasundhara Komkali, Pt. Channulal Mishra and leading artistes such as Rajan Sajan Mishra, Ulhas Kashalkar, Rashid Khan, Shruti Sadolikar, Veena Sahasrabuddhe, Padma Talawalkar, Ashwini Bhide - Deshpande, Arati Ankalikar - Tikekar and many popular & upcoming artists.
His accompaniment is marked with perfection and accuracy, yet it is aesthetically enriching with a deep understanding of the vocalist’s style and music in totality. A graded artiste for All India Radio, he has accompanied on Harmonium for several commercial cassette recordings. He has toured in USA (2005), Australia and New Zealand (2005 and 2008) and Dubai (2004) for concerts, where he was appreciated for his accompaniment, solo Harmonium playing and lec-dems.
Besides being a busy and popular Harmonium accompanist, Chaitanya Kunte is taking huge efforts for Solo Harmonium recitals and continuing the mission lead down by his Guru, Dr. Arawind Thatte for establishing concert-status to Harmonium in Hindustani music scenario. Chaitanya has given Solo Harmonium performances in Pune, Thane, Ahmedabad, etc. He was honored with ‘Pt. Govindrao Patwardhan Award for Excellence in Harmonium’ in 2007.
In the world of Hindustani Art Music, having created a niche for himself as a talented and well appreciated young composer, Chaitanya’s compositions cover a wide range of genre such as Khayal, Tappa, Tarana, Chataranga, Saadra, Saragam-geet, Thumari, Dadra, Bhajan etc. He has been awarded with ‘Keshavrao Bhole Sangeetkaar Puraskaar’ for his contribution as composer.
* Compositions in Art Music –
He has composed Bandishes in variety of popular as well as uncommon Raagas and Taalas. For Chaitanya, his Bandishes are the creations evolved from the serious study of the tradition, incorporating its diverse aspects, by which he tries to keep the tradition flowing! ‘Suran Gaao Saras’- a concert of his own Bandishes in Hindustani Art Music, sung by talented artistes such as Anuradha Kuber and Pushkar Lele. Welcoming response to his commercial CDs ‘Srujan Pratham’ and ‘Srujan Dwitiya’, from common audience and senior artists, has proved him genuinely as a composer.
* ‘Samprati’ – This concert includes the Bandish-s in various common Raag-s, but in composed with a different approach; and compositions of Thumari-Dadra genre, sung by Sameer and Prachi Dublay.