Namrata Gaikwad

Shehnai artist, Sundari artist

Namrata Gaikwad
Mrs. Namrata Seema Gaikwad_John (Shehnai &Sundri exponent)
Born in a traditional family of shehnai & sundri exponents in 
Maharashtra, Namrata is the first youth professional lady artist to play 
shehnai & sundri in the world. Her great grandfather was Late 
Shankarraoji Gaikwad, well known as "SanayeeSamrat" the monarch of 
Shehnai. Her grandfather Late Surmani Prabhashankar Gaikwad, 
enriched the tradition further by adopting the banarasi baj (style) on the 
wind instrument Shehnai. Her father Dr. Pramod Gaikwad is the first 
artist to do a PhD in Shehnai. She was groomed in the tradition by her 
parents Smt. Seema Gaikwad & Dr Pramod from the early age of six. 
She has learned a bit of vocal from her mother Smt. Seemaji, maternal 
grandmother Smt. Chandardeviji & the musicologist Pt. Vasantraoji 
Namrata's first guru is her mother Smt. Seemaji&Dr.Pramod. In the 
quest of her excellence she received training from her maternal 
grandparents Late Pt. Anantlalji & Smt. Chanderdeviji, her maternal 
uncles Pt. Dayashankarji who are the shehnai maestros, Pt. Ashok 
Kumar ji & Pt. Vijay Kumar ji in pure banarasi gharana. Now she is 
taking her training under Pt. Sanjeev Shankar ji, Pt. Anand Shankar ji & 
Pt. Ashwani Shankar ji, well known as 'Shankar Brothers', and also by 
Ustad Usman Khan ji, Vocalist Pt. Vasantrao Marathe Ji, Vocalist and 
Musicologist Dr. Pt. Vikas Kashalkar ji
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Namrata Gaikwad
Namrata Gaikwad
Namrata had already started accompanying her father, grandfather, 
uncle and brothers in a very young age. She has performed in many 
prestigious concerts in India & abroad, to name a few dance India taste 
India, Penang & Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, accompanied her father & 
bothers in Sawai Gandharv festival, Pune, Sangeet Sankalp festival, All 
India Radio, habitat centre, Delhi & Lucknow. NCPA, Mumbai (twice) to 
name a few.
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