Arati Ankalikar

Arati Ankalikar is currently recognized as one of the top vocalists of the younger generation. She started her training with veteran...

My Khayal, Your Presence, Our Journey

“There is no other type of music where one melody [the raga] is played or sung for an hour,” says Arati Ankalikar, as she talks about the uniqueness of Indian classical music. “What is a khayal? It’s a thought. In a raga, the composition is a khayal – my thought on the raga.”


So can everyone access classical music, be transported by the khayal the artist offers? The answer, according to Arati seems to be both yes and no. An artist can transport the audience only if the audience wishes, and for this, the audience has to be entirely present intellectually, emotionally, and physically. “You study poker when you go to a casino,” she offers as a metaphor for audience preparation, “The audience has to give to take.”


We are delighted to invite Arati Ankalikar – classical vocalist – to Mumbai Local, to share with us her special relationship with Hindustani classical music. She will talk about ragas and khayals, audiences and artists, interspersing her talk with performance to share with us the world created when all of these come together. For her fans, this is a unique opportunity to hear her speak on how and why she makes music. For those who have an iffy relationship with classical music – here’s an opportunity to test the waters. Perhaps you will find yourself falling in love.


We look forward to seeing you on Friday for an immersive evening with Arati and her music. Let’s be present, as she asks, and see where the evening transports us. And do remember, if you can't make it to the venue, you can catch her live on our Facebook page.


Curated by Sameera Iyengar

RSVP for this session begins on Monday 17 June, 2019.

Arati Ankalikar is currently recognized as one of the top vocalists of the younger generation. She started her training with veteran Late Pandit Vasantrao Kulkarni of the Agra Gwalior gharanas. Thereafter she was fortunate in receiving training from none other than Gana Saraswati Smt Kishori Amonkar of the Jaipur Atrauli gharana. Her gurus have influenced Arati's style. Listening to her performances one sees a very pleasant blend of the various gharanas represented by her teachers. Endowed with a rich resonant voice, Arati's performances are marked by an excellent command over both the rhythm and the melody.


Arati has performed at many prestigious conferences in India, such as the Sawai Gandharva Mahotsav (Pune), the Malhar Utsav (Delhi), Tansen Samaroh (Gwalior), the Dover Lane Festival (Kolkotta), the Shankarlal Festival (Delhi) and at sabhas organized by the Madras Music Academy (Chennai). She has also performed in Bangalore, Jaipur, Jodhpur, Ajmer, Udaypur, Agra, Banaras (Ganga Utsav), Bhubneshwar, almost all major cities in Maharashtra, Karnataka, M.P., Rajasthan, Tamilnadu and Kerala. In some of the concerts the audience is sometimes five to seven thousand. She has been on concert tours in USA, Canada, UK and UAE, Australia, Singapore, Malaysia and many other countries. Thus Arati has tried to promote Indian Classical Music and Culture in different parts of the World.


A recipient of a Central Government scholarship (1975-80) and the Surashri Kesarbai Kerkar scholarship (1980-82), Arati stood first in the All India Radio competition held during 1983 and 1984 in Indian classical music, thumri and gazal and was awarded gold medal in all the three categories. Arati has received Mayor Award (2001) and prestigious Pt.Kumar Gandharva Sanman (2006-07) (M.P.). She also has been awarded Pt. Jasraj Award.


National Award as best female playback singer for the film SAMHITA in 2012.


Arati has her to her credit a number of audio cassettes and CD recordings. She was the main playback singer for the Shyam Benegal's film, Sardari Begum.


Arati has received National Award (best playback singer) for the Konkani film Anternaad, based on the life of a classical singer. (Arati was the main playback singer) for the year 2006. She has also received Maharashtra State Award (best playback singer), V.Shantaram Award and Maharashtra Times Award for a Marathi Film.

Venues Dates Time
12-98 yrs
1 hr , 30 min
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