About Shri. Atulkumar Upadhye

Presently head of 65 Years Old Violin Vadan Vidyalaya Chief Organizer of Swarazankar Music Festival ( 2 or 3 day Classical Music Festivals) at more than 25 Cities across India.

Atulkumar Upadhye, an ardent violinist - belongs to the revered Pandit Bhaskarbuwa Bakhale Gharana where his talent as a spirited musician was nourished. Drawing inspiration from his father and guru, Prof. Balkrishna Upadhye, a noted violinist himself, Atulkumar’s style represents a unique blend of Indian as well as Western technique that of Pandit Shridhar Parsekar and doyen Dr.Yehudi Menuhin. He has developed a unique style of violin playing which blends Gayaki Aang and Tantkari Tantra techniques which has helped in establishing violin as a complete solo-playing instrument in Indian music.

Atulkumar has to his credit, many National level awards and accolades including the prestigious President’s Award of All India Radio. The well-known institution Sur Singar conferred on him Surmani. He has performed solo recitals for All India Radio and Doordarshan on many occasions. He has performed in prestigious music conferences all over the world including the famous Sawai Gandharva Music Festival in Pune, Swarazankar Music Festival all over Maharashtra and India, Tansen Samaroh Gwalior, Saptal Festival Ahmedabad, Ustad Alladiya Khan Festival Mumbai, Jitendra Abhisheki Mahotsav in Goa and Nasik, Shankar Darbar Festival in Nanded ,etc to name a few.

Atulkumar, currently heads one of the oldest violin institutes in India having a 60 years glorious tradition. He is also a founder of the “Swarazankar” and “Centre for promotion of music” ,which is praised and has made a big name in the music society in India. Many of his disciples are recognized as performing artists and have won National awards too. His recognition as a teacher par excellence and Guru at the Lalit Kala Kendra of Pune University enhanced his stature as a master musician. He is also well known for his jugalbandi with Shehnai, Bansuri, Sarod, Mohan veena and Sitar. Recently his performances with Sitar maestro Ustad Shahid Parvez , Mohan Veena maestro Pt Vishwa Mohan Bhatt and renowned Shehnai player Pandit Daya Shanker were well acclaimed all over the world. His Fusion concert with Percussion Maestro SIVAMANI is another famous ccombination. Atulkumar carried the fragrance of Hindustani music to U.S.A, U.K, Switzerland, France, Germany, Holland, Belgium, Italy, and other European countries and gave a memorable rendition winning all-round cheer and applause and hence is a regular foreign visitor.

Atulkumar is known for his versatility, technical brilliance, mature presentation and improvisation, which reflects a deep understanding of the subtle nuances of Hindustani Classical music. Music lovers can look forward to exhilarating and melodious performances by this accomplished violinist.

Violinist

  • Performing for last 50 Years
  • Teaching Violin for last 40 Years
  • Having a following all over the World

Pt. Atulkumar Upadhye as an Artist

  • Recipient of a President National Award at AIR 1997
  • Awarded " Surmani " by Sur Singar Samsad
  • Performed all over Europe - USA & Middle East Countries several times.
  • Frequent visitor of Switzerland, UK, Germany & France
  • Performed Solo Recital at Sawai Gandharva Sangeet Sammelan in 1988 & played a memorable duet with Sitar Maestro Ustad. Shahid Parvez in a prestigeous 60th year ' Sawai Gandharva Bhimsen Festival'
  • Played many duets with sitar maestro Ustad Shahid Parvez, Shehenai of Pandit. Dayashankar, Sarod of Pandit. Tejendra Narayan Majumdar & Basuri of Pandit. Rajendra Kulkarni & Pandit. Ronu Mujumdar & Mohan veena of Pandit. Vishwa Mohan Bhatt.
  • Played many fusion concerts with world renowned percussion maestro Anandan Shivamani
  • Commanded and professionally performed in both the styles of violin playing "Sa Pa Sa Pa" & "Pa Sa Pa Sa"
  • Developed his own style of playing violin with a perfect blending of "Gayakas" & "Tantakas" based on the Gayakas of Bhaskarbua Bakhale Gharana, Unique
  • Presentation style of Pandit. Shridhar Parsekar & Western technique & tone creation of world renown Violin maestro Doyan Dr. Yehudi Mehunin
  • Played background music solo in few Bollywood movies ( Vocal Playback )
  • Performed " fusion " with world renowned Flemingo guitar player of France " Pedro Solar "
  • Several CDs were released & were well applauded ; under the Title " Magic of Four Strings " & " Golden Melodies on Violin "
  • Conducted and composed ' Violin Symphony Orchestra '

Pt. Atulkumar Upadhye as a Guru

  • Presently Principal in one of the oldest Violin Institutes in India, having a glorious history of more than 64 years
  • Guiding the students / sadhak for last 40 years/ 4 decades
  • Appointed as a " Guru " in the Music Faculty of Pune University,
  • Lalit Kala Kendra for more than 25 years
  • One of His students got the Presidents National Award in 1993
  • Designed the course suitable for learning Violin
  • Hundreds of students nourished under His guidance & many of them are graded & artists of AIR & Doordarshan & also performing artists at a professional level
  • Conducted many courses and lectures for the benefit of the students
  • Played in accompaniment of many acclaimed Tabla Players like
  • Ust. Shafat Ahmad, Pt. Anindo Chatterjee, Pt. Yogesh Samsi, Pt. Vijay Ghate,
  • Pt. Shubhankar Banerjee, Pt. Mukesh Jadhav, Pt. Ramdas Palsule,
  • Pt. Arvindkumar Azad & many others

Pt. Atulkumar Upadhye as a Successful Organizer

  • Founder of Violin Academy 1st of its kind in India for the Research and development of Violin in Particular & Music as a whole developed a unique course of " Music Appreciation" for the Promotion of our Traditional Indian Classical Music
  • Through swarazankar reached almost all the roots & corners of >Maharashtra & organized the Unique Music Festival in which all the legendry artists of the day, the present shining stars on the dais & the rising stars ( Kal Ke Kalakar ) of future are performing till date
  • Exhibited the real strength of Violin not only in Our Country - India but all over the world
  • Published the books on Violin: " Violin - A Versatile Instrument" & “Foundation of Music“ & "Parsekar navache violin "

Performances

  • Sawai Gandharva Festival, Pune
  • Art Circle, Paris
  • Music Art circle, krefeld, Germany
  • Art Circle, Cincinnati, Ohio
  • Indian Conciliate, Germany
  • Swar sagar Mohotsav, PCMC
  • iArt Circle, New jersey
  • National Centre for the Performing
  • Arts, Mumbai
  • Art Circle, Philadelphia
  • Yeshavantrao Chavhan Centre, Mumbai
  • Rasik Mandal, Manchester
  • Gaan-Tapaswini Smt. Mogubai
  • Kurdikar Janma Shatabdi Sur Sammelan
  • Art Circle, London
  • Nehru Centre, Mumbai
  • Maharashtra Mandal, London
  • Karnatak Sangh, Mumbai Art Circle, Bath
  • Dadar Matunga CulturalCentre, Mumbai
  • Kashmir Bhavan, Luton, UKParsekar sangeet mohotsav,Pune
  • Iyyangar Yoga Institute,Edinburgh, Scotland
  • Parsekar sangeet mohotsav, Nagpur
  • Iyyangar Yoga Institute, Switzerland
  • Bharat Bhavan, London
  • Art museum, Switzerland
  • Soormani sageet sammelan, Mumbai
  • Music Festival, Belgiu
  • Embassy of France, Mumbai
  • Art Circle, Holland
  • Shrinagar Music festival, Kashmir
  • Duet Concert with Flamingo Guitarist - Petdro Solar
  • Duet Concert with Sitar - Ustad Shahid Parvez
  • Duet Concert with Basuri - Pandit Rajendra Kulkarni, Pt.Ronu Majumdar
  • Pandit Arvind Gajendragadkari
  • Duet Concert with Sarod - Pt. Tejendra Majumdar
  • Duet concert with Shehenai - Pt.Dayashankar
  • Duet concert with Mohan Veena - Padmashri Pt. Vishwa Mohan Bhatt
  • Duet Concert With Percussion - Pt. Sivamani