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Pt. Ravishankar Upadhyay

Tabla artist, Pakhawaj artist

Pt. Ravishankar Upadhyay
   Biography
Pt. Ravishankar Upadhyay is a unique constellation of music, born in India and spreading his fame all over the world as a well known Pakhawaj Maestro. He has been blessed with the art of music from his ancestors. Born in Iswarpur village of district Gaya in Bihar, he is the Son and student of the world famous Pakhawaj Maestro late Pandit Ramji Upadhyay. He started getting intense and fine training in the art of  Pakhawaj playing from the tender age of 8 years. No wonder that today he proudly represents the 13th generation of artists nurturing this traditional art of his family.

The style of Pakhawaj wadan of Pt. Upadhyay is characterized by clarity in padhant, pure pronunciation of words, mathematical work in music, miraculous Tihaiyan, difficult Laykariyan, Stuti, Chanda, Padala, difficult Parans, preparations of marvelous Relas.

Apart from being an accomplished Solo Player of Pakhawaj, he also accompanies with Dance, Musical instruments, Vocal Dhrupad, Taal Vadya Kachehery and Duets. Besides Pakhawaj, he has a good command over tabla as Solo and accompaniment artist, and he is also a talented Vocal Dhrupad artist.
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Pt. Ravi Shankar Upadhyay
Pt. Ravi Shankar Upadhyay
   Career
Upadhyay ji has been a 'Top' Grade Artist of All India Radio and Doordarshan.

The style of Pakhawaj wadan of Pt. Upadhyay is characterized by clarity in padhant, pure pronunciation of words, mathematical work in music, miraculous Tihaiyan, difficult Laykariyan, Stuti, Chanda, Padala, difficult Parans, preparations of marvelous Relas.

Apart from being an accomplished Solo Player of Pakhawaj, he also accompanies with Dance, Musical instruments, Vocal Dhrupad, Taal Vadya Kachehery and Duets. Besides Pakhawaj, he has a good command over tabla as Solo and accompaniment artist, and he is also a talented Vocal Dhrupad artist.

Along with an expert artist, he is an accomplished Guru as well. He has been teaching Pakhawaj for 18 years at Prayag Sangeet Samiti Allahabad and at present from Dec, 2007, he is teaching in National Institute of Kathak Kendra,New Delhi as Pakhawaj Guru. He has trained many students in this art form and has shown them the path of success. A few of his good students include Utkarsh Malviya, Rishi Upadhyay,Gaurav Upadhyay, Bhoomika Dwivedi, Yorg Coffman (Switzerland), Mr. John(England) etc.

Panditji  has accompanying with many reputed artist’s :-

He has given a number of National and International performances as solo player and as accompaniment to various reputed artists like Pt. Kishan Maharaj(Tabla), Pt. Birju Maharaj (dance), Pt. Siyaram Tiwari, Pt. Vidur Maliik, Pt. Abhay Narayan Mallik, Pt. Prem Kumar Mallik, Pt. Lakshaman Bhatt Tailang, Dagar family, Ustad Ziyafariduddin Dagar, Guidecha Brothers, Ritwik Sanyal, Shubha Mudgai, Asha Bhonsle (playback singer,for audio album 'Dil Cheez Kya Hai',1999), Bhai Baldeep Singh, Pt. Ajai Chakraborthy (Vocal), Pt. Pratap Pawar, Pt. Jayant Kastuar, Pi. Om Prakash Mishra, Urmila Sharma, Rani Khanam (Dance), Raj bhan Singh, Ken Zookerman a famous disciple of Ustad Ali Akbar Khan (Sarod), Bahauiddin Dagar and Mustaffa Raza (Veena), Pt. Kumar Lal Mishra, Akram Khan, Pt. Lachchu Maharaj, Pt. Kumar Bose, Sanju Sahaya, Yogesh Shamsi (Tabla), etc.

Upadhyay ji is one of the selected artists of ICCR, New Delhi. As a music maestro Pt. Ravi Shankar Upadhyay, has given many coveted and celebrated concerts. Some of his National performances include National Program All India Radio Solo Pakhawaj, thrice (14-8-94, 18-3-01, 12-11-05) and accompaniments, saptak Conference, twice-Ahmadabad 1997; Accompanied Trio (Pt. Kishan Maharaj,tabla and Pt. Birju Maharaj,Nall) and Solo Pakhawaj (2005), Doordarshan National Program of Music-Solo Pakhawaj (09-08-2003), Radio Sangeet Sammelan-Gowahati (1996), Radio Sangeet Sammelan Bombay (1999), Solo in Shree Baba Harivallabh Sangeet Sammelan 2011,  Swami Haridas Sangeet Sammelan Bombay, Akhil Bhartiya Dhrupad Samaroh - Varanasi and Brindawan, Jalsagar Festival-Calcutta(Duet with Pt. Kishan Maharaj, 1998), Kalidas Samaroh-Ujjain (March 2004), Duriabh Vadya Vinod Festival organised by Allauddin Khan Sangeet Natak Academy Festival -Bhopal(2004), Bahram Khan Dhrupad Samaroh - Jaipur, Allauddin Khan Sangeet Natak Academy Festival - Bhopal, Durga Pooja Sangeet Samaroh-Patna(1986). Kal ke kalakaar Sangeet Sammeian-Bombay (1987), India International Music Festivai-Deihi(1995), UP Sangeet Natak Academy-Lucknow, Dhrupad Kala Kendra-indore, Dhrupad Festival-Darbhanga(Bihar), New Year Festival 2000-Goa, Dhrupad foundation-Chennai, Prayag Sangeet Samiti Sammeian Allahabad. Doordarshan National accompaniment, Urmila Sharma 2002. Swarna Sangeet Pratibha Samaaroh National Program organized by the Sangeet Natak Academy Delhi, on its golden jubilee celebrations, Allahabad (2004), Sangeet Sammelan Sagar (MP) Music Festival Sewalaya-Gaya, Acted a jury member of the AH India Radio Music Competition of AHahabad(2005-06), Triveni Mahotsava-Aiiahabad, Lucknow Mahotsava (2005), Ustad Ziamohiuddin Dagar 'Versi'  Again Solo Pakhawaj (200), Doordarshan National Program of Music-Solo Pakhawaj

Dhrupad Samaroh Mumbai & Goa, Spic Macay Program in Allahabad. Gave lecture demonstrations and workshop in the dhrupad-Gurukul Bhopal 2007 and in Kalidas Academy, Ujjain.,Jodhpur-Royal court Umaid Bhawan, Jalandhar Mohotsava, Rashtrapati Bhawan, Pawas Mohotsava (Bhopal),chandighar, etc.

Two music CD's of Pt. Upadhyay are released on Pakhawaj solo from Sangeet Kendra, Ahmadabad (2006) and sense world music U.K (2007). His two music CD's sangat has also been released with Italian Dhrupad singer Amilia Kuni and with Prem Kumar Mallik in Germany named Prince of Love.

Pt. Ravi Shankar did many international concerts and workshops in the Indian Culture Centre, Berlin, Radio Berlin (Germany), Palazo Armonie, Laco (Switzerland), Campo Baso (Italy).in 2005, he did concerts in the Steemmann Festival-Basel, Bintertour, Burn (Switzerland), Berlin Embassy, Berlin, Radio, Bon, demonstrated in Frankfurt in Germany, Paris (France).He has also given mesmerizing performance in the Darbar Festival organized by the Asian Music Festival in London and Leicester (England) in the year 2006. Participated again in 2007 in the Darbar festival organized by the Asian Music festival in London and Leicester (England)., Festival of India In Kazakistan (Astana and Almaty) 2009 organized by Government Of India, Ministry Of culture, Participate again in Darbaar festival in 2010 and in 2010 pandi ji attend Europ tour in France, Estoinia etc.

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