Kalpana Zokarkar

Hindustani classical vocalist

Kalpana Zokarkar

Shree Krishnarao(Mamasaheb) Mujumdar, Kalpana’s father and guru was an ace disciple of Ustad Rajjab Ali Khan of Dewas.

Mamasaheb had the rare opportunity of close contact with many stalwart vocalists like Pt. B. R. DeodharSmt. Anjanibai MalpekarPt. S. N. Ratanjankar etc and absorbed their specialities.

Kalpana was thus fortunate to receive the mantel of such a rich heritage which she is ably bearing.Gifted with an extremely melodious voice, Kalpana has studiously developed the ‘Taan Ang’ for which her Gharana is famous.Her highly imaginative combinations of ‘Swaras’ are pleasing and appealing to knowledgeable listeners as well as to those not formally initiated in the intricacies of classical music.Kalpana has an equal command over the classical and the light classical styles of music.She renders ‘Khayal’ as well as ‘Thumari’‘Tappa’ and ‘Bhajan’with equal authority.

Besides the training Kalpana received from Shri Krishnarao Mujumdar, she has been taking guidance for Khayal and Thumari Gayakifrom Dr. Mrs. Sushila Pohankar, and for Tappa Gayaki and traditional rare compositions from Shri. V. U. Rajurkar, both music scholars of Gwalior Gharana.

Her mastery of the ‘Taan Ang’ is clearly apparent in her rendering of ‘Tappa’ which is a composition consisting of complex & fast taans.

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Kalpana Zokarkar in a concert
Kalpana Zokarkar in a concert
Performing at Sawai Gandharva Samaroh, Pune
Performing at Sawai Gandharva Samaroh, Pune
Kalpana Zokarkar in a concert
Kalpana Zokarkar in a concert
Kalpana Zokarkar in a concert
Kalpana Zokarkar in a concert
Kalpana Zokarkar
Kalpana Zokarkar

Kalpana Zokarkar has participated in music concerts organized by many reputed organizations which include :-

  • Tansen Samaroh, Gwalior
  • Sawai Gandharva Mahotsav, Pune
  • Ustad Alladia Khan Samaroh, Mumbai
  • Ustad Rahimat Khan Samaroh, Dharwad
  • Bharat Bhawan, Bhopal
  • Deval Club, Kolhapur
  • Avishkar Sangeet Sammelan, Goa
  • Samrat Sangeet Sammelan, Goa
  • Mehfil Sangeet Sammelan, Nagpur
  • Ustad Rajjab Ali Khan Samaroh, Dewas
  • Pt.Kumar Gandharva Samaroh, Delhi,Solapur
  • Hubli Art Circle, Hubli
  • International Melody Foundation, Delhi
  • Pt.Amarnath Samaroh , Delhi
  • Pt.Bhaskarbua Bakhale Samaroh , Pune
  • Pt.Vinayakrao Patwardhan Smriti Samaroh, Pune
  • Gandharva Mahavidyalaya,Delhi,Vashi,Pune
  • Pt.Krishnarao Shankar Pandit Samaroh , Mumbai 
  • N.C.P.A., Mumbai
  • Paluskar Pratishthan, Pune
  • Pt.Jitendra Abhisheki Smriti Samaroh, Pune, Goa, Ujjain,Manipal & Aurangabad
  • Various concerts in USA,UK, UAE, Kuwait and Africa

Kalpana has mesmerised the audience in a large number of concerts organised by reputed music circles and organizations all over India.

She has also performed at national programs on Doordarshan & A.I.R.


Thumri, Tappa, Tarana

This is a programme based on some light classical music forms with commentary on the origin & development of these forms and has an interesting mix of traditional & modern compositions.
   Awards & Achievements

Kalpana had the dual honour of receiving gold medal in light classical and silver medal in light music in the prestigious A.I.R.competition in 1977.These have been followed by numerous awards and certificates of merit over the years including:-

  • Abhinav Kala Samman.
  • Mahankal Samman.
  • Madhya Pradesh Gaurav Puraskar.
  • Kai. Indira Bai Khadilkar Puraskar.
  • Seva Saurabh Puraskar.
  • Vrindavan Puraskar.
  • Kala Sadhana Samman by Prasar Bharti.
  • Kai.Sau.Vatsala Bhimsen Joshi Puraskar.
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