Bandishes on Krishna : Aditi Kaikini Upadhya ( Bangalore)
of India's most dynamic young Hindustani vocalists,
Aditi Kaikini Upadhyaya was born into a family
rich in musical tradition and artistic example.
Aditi trained in the traditional style, under
the dedicated and close tutelage of her guru and
father, Pt Dinkar Kaikini, and her mother, Shashikala
Kaikini. Panditji is a renowned vocalist of the
Agra Gharana and Shashikala Kaikini is a respected
radio vocalist and currently principal of the
Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan's Music School in Bombay.
Aditi received her Sangeet Visharad in 1982 from
this school. Aditi is a worthy inheritor of her
father's powerful but nuanced style of singing.
She, however, has chosen to focus on light music,
training under Smt Shobha Gurtu who is known for
her unparalleled mastery of Dadra, Thumri and
Hori. A vibrant and creative musician, Aditi has
performed at prestigious venues and been hosted
in India and abroad. She is an able composer and
a dedicated teacher. Her ‘Chatur Sujaan
Dinarang - Ek Parampara’, a large-scale
choral and theatrical production, tells the fascinating
story of the great musical tradition she comes
from. Aditi frequently gives lecture-demonstrations
and workshops on Indian classical music to both
novices and connoisseurs.
This evening, Aditi sings Pt Dinkar Kaikini’s
compositions dedicated to Lord Krishna. Through
the poetic and lyrical bandishes, the artiste
takes us on a musical journey into Krishna's life.
An endearing divine newborn, a mischievous youngster,
an enchanting youth, and an all-knowing saviour…
the compositions try to capture the quintessential
spirit of the fascinating god.