Sharad Sathe, born February 18,1932, began his rigorous formal musical training in the hallowed guru-shishya tradition with Pandit D.V. Paluskar, son of the famous missionary-musician Pandit Vishnu Digambar Paluskar. He had the opportunity to travel extensively and perform with his guru at several concerts.
After Pandit Paluskar's premature death in October 1955 Sharad Sathe's quest for a guru brought him to Bombay in 1956, where he continued his studentship under the well-known musicologist, Prof. B.R. Deodhar for nearly a decade. A recipient of a Government of India scholarship, Sharad Sathe graduated with the Sangeet Visharad degree of the 'Gandharva Mahavidyalaya in 1961 with honors. He learnt from Prof. Deodhar a variety of compositions in several lesser- known ragas.
It was after 1966, when he became a disciple of Pandit Sharadchandra Arolkar, a veteran vocalist of the Gwalior school, that Sharad Sathe's talent and musicianship acquired depth,maturity and anew dimension. Pandit Arolkar gave him a new insight into the ideological base of the Gwalior gayaki and handed down to him several rare compositions in khayals in siddha ragas as well as tappas and taranas. The polished grace and depth of expression evident in Sharad Sathe's musicianship are the result of his advanced training and refinement under Pandit Arolkar.
Today, Sharad Sathe is a vocalist who has made a mark on the contemporary musical scene through diligent practice, informed study and assimilation. Although a follower of the Gwalior gayaki, Sharad Sathe is an eclectic musician who has kept his mind and ears open to the best that other schools have to offer. Besides khayals, his repertoire includes tappas, taranas and bhajans. A regular performer over the All India Radio and Television networks, Sharad Sathe has been participating in various sangeet sammelans and concerts allover thecountry. It was a rare honor for him when, in 1972, he was specially invited to sing for the Films Division documentary on Vishnu Digambar Paluskar.
After a successful concert tour of USA in 1985, he was appointed as a resident professor of vocal music at the London center of the Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan in 1986-87. He toured UKagain in 1989,1993 and Dubai, Bahrain in 1993 for his concerts.
Sangeet Research Academy, Calcutta and National Center for the Performing Arts, Bombay have recorded Sharad Sathe for their archives. Recording companies like Magnasound and Swarashri have published Sathe's recording on cassettes.
In 1996, Pandit Sathe was invited by University of Washington, Seattle, USA for archival recordings of rare and soon to be extinct variety. This was followed by another successfultour of USA.
Sharad Sathe is a keen organizer dedicated to the cause of music and arts. He is currently the President of Dadar Matunga Cultural Center ( DMCC), a premier institution dedicated to the promotion of culture.
A Science graduate of the Pune University, Sharad Sathe is an accomplished commercial artist as well.
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