He is perhaps the only santoor exponent who actually tunes his instrument by the chromatic system. If you understood that, don't miss this. If you didn't, you still shouldn't.
On the occasion of the 34th Annual Pandit Motiram Pandit Maniram Sangeet Samaroh from 30th November to 3rd December, the Department of Culture is organising a Hindustani Santoor recital by Pandit Ulhas Bapat today at the Nizam College grounds.
Pandit Ulhas Bapat (born in 1950) learned the tabla initially from the noted tabla player Pt Ramakant Mhapsekar. This early training instilled a sense of rhythm in Ulhas, which proved fruitful in the later years. He then took to vocal music, training under his father Yeshwant Ganesh Bapat.
Under the tutelage of the celebrated sarod maestro Zarin Daroowala Sharma, Pt. Ulhas adopted the Santoor as the medium of his musical expressions. He had also received guidance from erudite musicians like Pt K G Ginde and Pt Wamanrao Sadolikar, whose encyclopedic knowledge of Ragashastra and Bandishes helped him to enrich his repertoire with Gayaki compositions of two distinct and distinguished Gharanas. Having thus received tutelage from acknowledged masters of vocal and instrumental music, Pt Ulhas has an enlightened approach to his music.
Today Pt Ulhas Bapat is perhaps the only santoor exponent who actually tunes his instrument by the chromatic system (fixed tuning) and plays accordingly. In addition to his concerts all over India, he has also toured USA, Canada, Belarus, Finland, Germany, China, UK and Switzerland.
In memory of his late father Pandit Motiram and brother Pandit Maniram, Sangeet Martand Pandit Jasraj organises a music festival every year at the Nizam College grounds, where his father and brother taught music to several students. The entry to the samaroh is free.
Please contact the Department of Culture at 2324-2482 for further details.