Dr. Kalyani Bondre is a classical vocalist of the younger generation. Kalyani’s first musical impressions were formed in her own home, as both her parents have been exponents of Hindustani Classical Music. Her mother, Dr Meera Bondre, is the student of well-known sitarist, Ustad Usman Khansaheb of the Beenkar Gharana. Her father, Arwind Bondre, is the disciple of Ustad Mohammad Hussain Khansaheb of the Gwalior Gharana, from whom he learnt vocal music. Khansaheb was the sarangi accompanist of the legendary Baalgandharva, and hence, Kalyani got Hindustani Classical Music and Marathi Natyasangeet as a legacy.
Kalyani started training in Kathak dance under Guru Manisha Sathe, disciple of Natraj Pandit Gopi Krishna, at the tender age of six. Simultaneously, she also started taking lessons in classical music from Ranjana Bhide, disciple of Pandit Gangadharbuwa Pimpalkhare. Following her natural bent of mind, she later exclusively devoted herself to vocal music. However, eight years of disciplined and rigourous training in dance gave her a through grip on the intricacies of Taal (Rhythm) and that went on to become one of the highlights of her singing.
Although Kalyani has trained in vocal classical music mainly under Guru Manisha Shrikhande of the Mewati Gharana, she has created her own individual style, blending elements from a variety of sources, and encompassing the nuances of different styles of music. She has also received guidance from Ustad Faiyaaz Hussain Khansaheb and Ustad Usman Khansaheb.
Kalyani has already started establishing her mark as an outstanding talent and has performed at prestigious platforms in India and abroad. Gifted with a rich, melodious voice, which freely flows in all the three octaves, an effortless command of rhythm, clarity of diction, originality, and versatility, she captivates audiences wherever she performs. In addition to pure classical music and natyasangeet, she presents other light forms of music with equal aplomb. She has also composed music for dance dramas. Her album of Hindustani Classical Music was released in Pune at the hands of veteran actor, Shri Vikram Gokhale in 2006.
In addition to her musical excellence, Kalyani has pursued an equally bright academic career. She has completed her PhD in Economics from the University of Pune.