Kalpana Zokarkar

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An accomplished classical singer, Kalpana carries the rich heritage of Ustad Rajab Ali khan Saheb through her father & guru Shri.Krishnarao (Mamasaheb) Mujumdar.

Gifted with an extremely melodious voice, Kalpana’s highly imaginative combination of swaras are pleasing and appealing to knowledgeable listeners as well as those not familiar with intricacies of classical music. Born in Indore, Kalpana has passed her M.A. in music securing a gold medal. She has the rare honour of receiving a gold medal in light classical music and silver medal in light music in the same year in the AIR competitions an at early age.These have been followed by numerous awards and honours over the past 30 years of concert performances.

Besides intensive training in khayal gayaki under her father,She has taken guidance from (Late) Dr.Sushila Pohankar & Shri.V.U.Rajurkar in other music forms.

Kalpana has an equal command over the classical and light classical styles of music.

She renders Khayal as well as Thumari, Tappa, Dadra, Hori, Kajri, Jhoola, Natyasangeet, Abhang & Bhajan with equal authority.Kalpana has won accolades and praise from senior artists like

Pt. Bhimsen Joshi, Pt. Shivkumar Sharma, Smt.Malini Rajurkar, Pt.Kishan Maharaj , Dr. Prabha Atre and so on.

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Siddheshwari Devi

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Siddheswari Devi (1908–1976) was a Hindustani singer from Varanasi, India, known as Maa (mother). Born in 1908, she lost her parents early and was brought up by her aunt, the noted singer Rajeshwari Devi.

Despite living in a musical household, Siddheswari came to music by accident. Rajeshwari had arranged musical training for her own daughter, Kamleshwari, while Siddheswari would do small chores around the house. Once, while the noted sarangi player Siyaji Mishra was teaching Kamleshwari, she was unable to repeat the tappa that she was being taught. Rajeshwari ran out of patience, and started to cane Kamleshwari, who cried out for help.

The only person to help her was her close friend Siddheswari, who ran from the kitchen to hug her cousin, and took the thrashing on her own body. At this point, Siddheswari told her weeping cousin, “It’s not so difficult to sing what Siyaji Maharaj was telling you.” Siddheswari then showed her how to sing it, performing the whole tune perfectly, much to the amazement of everyone.

The next day, Siyaji Maharaj came to Rajeshwari, and asked to adopt Siddheswari into his own family (they were childless). So Siddheswari moved in with the couple, eventually becoming a great friend and support for them.

This moving incident was very vivid in Siddheswari’s mind, and is detailed in the biography Maa co-authored by her daughter Savita Devi.[1]

Musical career

Subsequently she also trained under Rajab Ali Khan of Dewas and Inayat Khan of Lahore, but considered her guru mainly Bade Ramdas.

She sang khyal, thumri (her forte) and short classical forms as dadra, chaiti, kajri etc. On several occasions she would sing perform through the night, for example on the overnight boating expeditions of Maharaja of Darbhanga.[1]

In 1989, noted director Mani Kaul has made an award winning documentary, Siddheshwari, on her life[2]

She won many accolades during her career, including:

She died in 1976. Her daughter Savita Devi is also a musician and lives in Delhi.

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