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Gaayatri

Vocal Solo

Gaayatri is a Hindustani vocalist hailing from the Rampur Maihar-Senia gharana, having trained under the late Ustad Ali Akbar Khan, beginning her vocal training from him in the traditional Guru-Shishya parampara at the age of 4 until the age of 18. Her repertoire consists of Dhrupad, Khyaal, Tarana, Light Classical, and Regional Folk pieces rendered in the unique Maihar vocal style. Her classical technique consists of Dhrupad, Khyaal, and Beenkar elements, as the lineage takes root from Rampur’s musicians of all three styles. She is one of the very few living practitioners of this lineage of vocal music, having been extensively trained in this by her Guru.

She has had the fortune of living an extraordinary musical life, growing up at the feet of her Guru surrounded by many Greats of Hindustani music such as Pt. Swapan Chaudhuri, Ustad Zakir Hussain, Pandit Jasraj, and many others. After her Guru’s passing, she had the fortunate of singing for Smt. Annapoorna Devi, and receiving her blessings to present her lineage’s vocal music in its purest form. Under her guidance, she studied briefly at the Sangeet Research Academy under Pt. Ulhas Kashalkar, and in Los Angeles with the late Smt. Lakshmi Shankar.

With her Guru's blessings, she became a performing artist by the age of 7, and a professional touring classical vocalist at the age of 18. She has given numerous live performances in the USA as well as India, notably as an invited guest performer at the ITC Sangeet Research Academy, a yearly soloist the San Francisco World Music Festival, and was a featured performer at the annual Jaipur Literature Festival. She is currently working on releasing recorded music, as well as teaching students through the non-profit organization she founded, The Avartan Foundation.

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