An economist by profession, Radhika has been pursuing Indian Classical music very passionately since she was 8 years old. Brought up in Singapore, Radhika spent most of her school holidays in Mumbai learning music in the gurukul1 system from Shri Suresh Wadkar and his wife Mrs. Padma Wadkar. Realising her inclination towards music, it was Sureshji who suggested that she move to India, where she could pursue music as well as her academic career.
For the past several years, Radhika has been pursuing advanced training in the Jaipur- Atrauli Gharana from Pandit Raghunandan Panshikar, foremost disciple of Ganasaraswati Smt. Kishori Amonkar. Through a scholarship awarded by SPICMACAY (Society for the promotion of Indian classical music and culture amongst youth) Radhika has also had the opportunity to study semi-classical forms of music from Padmabhushan Smt. Girija Devi at the Sangeet Research Academy, Kolkata
Radhika has completed her ‘Sangeet Visharad’ with Distinction from the Prayag Sangeet Samiti, Allahabad. As a child artist, she has had the honour of performing on All India Radio. She is the proud recipient of several awards for classical and semi-classical music from prestigious institutions like Swar Sadhana Samiti, Dadar Matunga Cultural Centre and Sudhir Phadke Smruti Samiti. She was recently awarded the ‘Trembakrao Janorikar Puraskar’ by Gaavardhan, Pune for excellence in classical music. Even at such an early stage in her career, Radhika has had the honour of giving many performances in India and abroad (Singapore, USA, Canada, Dubai) and has also served as an examiner for the preliminary level examinations conducted by Gandharva Mahavidyalaya in the USA in April 2009.
Being a versatile singer, she has also achieved heights in the world of Hindi Film music. Titled as ‘Pune Idol’ for the year 2007, Radhika has also lent her mellifluous voice to several Bollywood films such as Kuch Kuch Hota hai, Dil to Pagal Hai, Chachi 420 and several others. She has participated in popular television programs such as SA RE GA MA PA, Aao Jhomein Gayein, Star Yaar Kalakaar and Yamkeez Mast Mast Show, all hosted by celebrities in India.
Radhika has recently completed her Masters in Economics from Tufts University, Boston and is presently working as a Research Fellow at the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy, Singapore. She is very passionate about preserving the Indian music tradition and is a keen teacher. Along with her academic pursuits and performances, Radhika has taught Hindustani Vocal music at Harvard Sangeet (South Asian music group at Harvard University) and MIT Swara. She has conducted lecture- demonstrations and seminars on Indian Classical music at several educational institutes in the USA such as the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute, Tufts Music Department, Worcester Arts Museum and the College of Holy Cross. While in Singapore, Radhika plans to continue to do so in educational and music institutions in the region.
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