Prasad Upasani

Vocalist

Prasad Upasani is a Hindustani Vocal Classical musician, teacher and performer, who is also a talented software IT professional. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in music – Sangeet Visharad with 1st Class Distinction - in addition to a Bachelor’s Degree in Electronics

Engineering from VJTI and a Master’s degree in Computer Science from the University of Southern California. Born into a musical family (his mother Smt Sita Upasani is the niece

of the renowned musician, late Pt Chidanand Nagarkar), Prasad was initiated into music by his father, Shri Raja Upasani, who is also an engineer and a musician. Prasad's formal music training began at the age of six at Shree Vallabh Sangeetalaya, Mumbai when he was

placed under the tutelage of renowned musicians and teachers Pt. S.C.R. Bhat and Pt. K.G. Ginde who are recognized as among the foremost musicologists of modern times. Prasad was fortunate to have had intense training from his gurus for more than 25 years. As a result, his music is rich with the pristine purity for which their guru-parampara is well-known.


Prasad gave his first public performance at the age of 11 at Bombay's Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan’s music festival. He has since performed at various music festivals in India as well as abroad. He currently resides in the US where he has been regularly teaching and performing for more than 25 years. In recent years Prasad has combined his twin passions for music and technology to create a highly revolutionary and successful line of music apps (iTanpura, iTablaPro, and iLehra) for iPhones and iPads. These apps have been received enthusiastically by music professionals, teachers and students alike as well as by Bollywood and Western musicians. In 2016, Prasad was awarded the “Pt. Vinayakrao Patwardhan Smruti Jeevan Gaurav Puraskar” by Gandharva Mahavidyalaya, Pune recognizing his contribution to the music world.

Prasad Upasani