Samarth Nagarkar, a hindustani classical (North Indian classical) vocalist,
is a disciple of Pandit Ulhas Kashalkar and Pandit Dinkar Kaikini. A former
scholar of the ITC Sangeet Research Academy, Kolkata, he was head
of the K. K. Kapoor Sangeet Reseach Academy, Lucknow as Founder
Faculty. Pursuing a full-fledged career as a performing vocalist, Samarth is
hailed as one of the most promising young artistes of today.
Samarth Nagarkar was barely ten when he could identify with raag sangeet (hindustani
classical music). His initial training began under Smt. Aditi Kaikini Upadhya in Bangalore.
At sixteen, he migrated to Mumbai (Bombay) in pursuit of his passions, which, by
then, had taken deep roots in him.
In Mumbai, he received training from the veteran vocalist and musicologist, Pandit
Dinkar Kaikini. Samarth migrated to Kolkata in 2003 and assumed discipleship under
another of India’s most distinguished performers and gurus, Pandit Ulhas Kashalkar.
During this period, he was a “Grade A scholar” at the much coveted ITC Sangeet
Research Academy, Kolkata. Thus, through his training in music, he lived in due
accordance with the Guru - Shishya tradition and received taleem (intensive training) in
three major Gharana Gayakis (styles or disciplines), namely - Gwalior, Agra and Jaipur.
Samarth began performing when he was seventeen. Thereafter, he has performed at
several reputed conferences and venues across the country such as ITC Sangeet
Sammelan, Bangalore, The National Centre for Performing Arts (NCPA),
Mumbai, Dadar Matunga Cultural Centre, Mumbai, Devnandan Ubhayaker Yuva
Sangeetotsav, Bangalore, Sangeet Natak Akademy, Lucknow, among others.
Most notable among his various achievements and awards is the President's Award for
the First Prize in the prestigious All India Radio music competition, 2000, which made
him a graded artiste of the AIR.
In 2002, his music was featured in a German film titled Der Dschungel Verandert Sich
Nie (The Jungle Never Changes) by Martin D Costa. The film has premiered at several
prestigious film festivals in Europe and received gratifying responses from critics and
Samarth was head of the K K Kapoor Sangeet Reserach Academy, Lucknow from
July 2009 to Sept 2010. As Founder Faculty, in addition to teaching advance level
students, he was head of operations where day to day affairs, budgets, event organising,
media and public interface, etc fell under his purview. In June 2009, he was awarded
a research Fellowship by The Ministry of Culture, Government of India. The research
involves documentation and analysis of the sustenace of the fundamental principles of
the Gwalior gharana gayaki through its evoluion during the past hundred years.
Samarth has also been conducting lecture demonstrations and music workshops with
varied audiences including connoisseurs, critics and students of different backgrounds
and levels in several cities in India. Samarth has also spearheaded an Indian Music
Choir including a cross section of students from various music schools and colleges in
Lucknow. In sync with the times, he also reaches out to students across the globe
through online teaching programmes.
Known for his authentic, sensitive and traditionally rich approach towards raagdari and gayaki and described by critics as one of India's most promosing young artists, Samarth Nagarkar is believed to be on his way to becoming one of the foremost torchbearers of the traditions he represents.