Baithak Foundation believes that music exposure and education are as important as mainstream education.

Since 2016, we are working towards creating a society with equitable music access and learning opportunities for children from the most marginalised communities.

Bandish Bank Contributors

Devashree Navghare-Bhargave is a Hindustani Classical Vocalist trained under the able guidance of Smt. Manjiri Asnare-Kelkar, a foremost Jaipur-Atrauli Gharana exponent, for the past 16 years. She holds a Masters degree in Sanskrit and has also completed her Visharad from Akhil Bharatiya Gandharva Mahavidyalaya. She has been a recipient of many awards and scholarships like the CITI – NCPA and the CCRT Scholarship to name a few. She has performed in numerous music festivals across India. She is also a regular performer at Baithak Foundation. 

Madhumita Bhaskar holds a Bachelors Degree in Engineering and has been a software professional. She is a senior disciple of Dr. Milind Malshe of Mumbai; senior exponent, scholar and teacher of Jaipur-Atrauli gharana of Hindustani music; and has taken 15+ years of training in gharanedaar khayal gayaki under his guidance. She has done playback singing as a child artist, won prizes as a singer and has performed for various causes in India and abroad. She is also a trained Bharatnatyam dancer and continues to pursue digital arts and poetry as hobbies.

Kshitija Deshpande is just 22 years with B.Sc in Computer Science and she is currently pursuing M.Sc in computer science.I have done Visharad (vocal) in Hindustani classical music. She is currently training under the guidance of  Dr. Asavari Thombre of Jaipur-Atrauli Gharana. 

Leeladhar Chakradeo has received training under Guru Sanjay Gogte and from the last 6 years learning under the guidance of Dr. Chaitanya Kunte. With BA Music Vocal and MA Music Harmonium, he has also completed Sangeet Visharad (Harmonium). He has received Young Artist Scholarship by Ministry of Culture. He is recipient of many awards; Vasantrao Deshpande Yuva Puraskar, Pt. Sharad Gokhale Award etc. In 2020 he received Junior Research fellowship by Gov of India. He is also a B high grade radio artist. He performed at the prestigious stage of Sawai Gandharva Bhimesn Mahotsav in Dec 2018 and has accompanied on Harmonium to various Senior and Young  Vocalists from all over India. He also accompanies on Lehera and vocal support for Kathak Dance. He plays the Reed organ for Marathi stage musicals (Sangeet Natak) and  Natyasangeet Programs.

Madhavi Chakradeo had received vocal training under Guru- Pandit Padmakar Thatte for 12 years. She has completed MA form Pune University  and secured the Gold Medal. Currently she is working at Dr. Ashok Da Ranade Archive Pune. She has received Gaanvardhan’s Pratibha Tai Paranjpe Award. She is also the recipient of scholarship in the memory of Ajit Soman and the Ravindra award from Upasana Foundation. She hols a Diploma in Natyasangeet from Vidyadhar Gokhale Pratisthan and has performed in various cities across Maharashtra. 

Meghana Sardar is a disciple of Dhrupad, following the Dagar Parampara, learning under the able guidance of Guru Pandit Uday Bhawalkar since 2005. Meghana undertook her initial music lessons from Smt. Sudha Deo, Dr. Mohan Darekar and Dr.Saleel Kulkarni. She has been a visiting artist in residence for Salisbury University, Maryland, USA since March 2016 and has performed in many places in India and abroad.  She has been awarded the fellowship and scholarship from The Ministry of Culture (India) and the NCPA and the ‘Lalkaar’ award in 2017. She has been a Scholar at the ITC SRA, Kolkata, since 2012 to 2017. She is also a graded artist of the All India Radio.

Dr. Revati Bharat Kamat is a vocalist of the Jaipur-Atrauli gharana of the Hindustani Classical music stream. She received formal training in Hindustani classical music  from Pt. Mohankumar Darekar, Dr. Ashwini Bhide-Deshpande and am currently receiving further training from noted harmonium player Dr. Arawind Thatte. With academic education in Commerce Computer Software Applications, she went on to achieve a Masters Degree in Music and won a Gold medal. She has received a Doctorate from SNDT University. She is also a graded vocalist with All India Radio for classical music. She has deep interest in composing and conceptualising theme-concerts.

Ruturaj Abhijeet Kolpe is from Pune and a disciple of Dr. Meeta Pandit of the Gwalior Gharana and Dr. Sandhya Kathavate of the Agra Gharana. He has also learnt from Smt. Jayashri Lele, the senior most disciple of Pt. Padmakar Kulkarni. Currently stationed in Mumbai he is  studying BPharm from VESCOP, Mumbai. He has received numerous prizes in music, prominent amongst which includes Akhil Bharatiya Sanskrutik Sangh’s ‘Global Harmony’ consecutive first and second prizes in vocal senior category.

Koyali Sarkar daughter of Jayant Kumar Sarkar is presently doing M. Music (khayal) from Bengal Music College (Calcutta University). At present she is under the  tutelage of Shri. Ambarish Das and Smt. Pramita Mallick. She has secured positions in several music competitions including the one organised by the West Bengal State Music Academy. She is also a graded artist of All India Radio – Kolkata.

Shrutika Kaslikar is a Hindustani classical vocalist trained under the able guidance of Ms. Ruchira Kedar for the past 7 years. Currently she is learning music from Ms. Sadhana Mohite. She has completed her Masters (M.A) in Hindustani Classical Music from Savitribai Phule Pune University and has also completed ‘Sangeet Visharad’ from Akhil Bharatiya Gandharva Mahavidyalaya’.  She also teaches Hindustani Classical Music to many students at her ‘Aalap’ academy. She has performed various types of classical and light music programs.

Vrushali Deshmukh is a talented hindustani classical music vocalist. She is disciple of veteran Vidushi Ashwini Bhide – Deshpande. She holds a Ph.D with the thesis – ‘ The important of  An ancient text ‘Sangeet Ratanakar’ for a vocalist. She has qualified M.A.Music from SNDT University Pune with NET. She is the recipient of Young Artists Scholarship for (2002). She is also a recipient of Junior Research Fellowship from Department of Culture of India. She is a well experienced Assistant Professor and published several research papers in various souvenirs, books and musical magazines like Sangeet Kala Vihar etc. She has performed live on several notable occasions and on broadcast media, includes, TV, Insync, Radio, RagaNXT, in India.

Mrs. Vijaya Godbole born in Varanasi, started musical training at the age of 11 from Shri. R. M. Lele about 7 years. After completing her graduation gone to Banaras Hindu University for M. Mus. and had gold medal. She did her Doctor of Music under the guidance of Dr. Chittaranjan Jyotishiji (disciple  of Pt. Balwant Rai  Bahtt ‘Bhavrang’). She is teaching graduation and post graduation students for the last 25 years and has also taught Hindustani Classical  Vocal Music at   Welham girls’ school, Dehradun for about 9 years. She is a graded artist of AIR.

Mrs. Madhuvanti Jagdale (a disciple of Dr. M. V. Patwardhan, Ushatai Chipalkatti, and Dr. Veena Sahasrabuddhe) has been teaching Indian classical music for more than 25 years. She has performed in many private concerts and is an ardent researcher in the field of music. She is a recipient of Diploma in Music (University of Pune) and Sangeet Alankar from ABGMV.

Tanavi is a disciple and the daughter-in-law of Pt. Vijay Sardeshmukh. She started learning classical music at the tender age of six under her mother Mrs. Madhuvanti Jagdale (disciple of Smt. Ushatai Chipalkatti and Dr. Veena Sahasrabuddhe). Since 2008, Tanavi has received taleem for late Pt. Vijay Sardeshmukh for eight years. She accompanied him on Taanpura in many concerts across the country. Tanavi has grasped the essence of the musical style of her Guru and her Dada-Guru Pt. Kumar Gandharva very well. She strives to combine this gayaki with her own aesthetic viewpoint. Tanavi is Sangeet Visharad and has performed in many private concerts.
Tanavi has a strong academic background as well. After heading the Spanish section at Symbiosis Institute for Foreign Languages for three years, Tanavi started with her doctoral studies in Spanish literature at Johns Hopkins University, USA, where she is now a final year student.

Ravikunj Laxman Panchal has been learning Hindustani Classical Music (Singing) for last 9 years. His first Guru was shri.Laxmikant Ravande and he is currently learning under the guidance of Shri. Hemang Mehta (Senior Disciple of Sangeet Martand Pt.Jasrajji). Currentlyhe is pursuing BA in Music from Bharati Vidyapeeth, Pune. He has also completed Sangeet Visharad in vocal music.

Mrs. Sugandha Sainath (Sugandha Laturkar) is a disciple of Pt. Subhash Kashalkar (Nagpur) and Pt. Arun Kashalkar (Mumbai). She has studied M. Sc (Botany) and MA (Music). She has also completed Sangeet Alankar, from Gandharva Mahavidyalaya. She is a graded artist of All India Radio. She has also won awards and appreciation in many competitions and concerts in Mumbai, Pune, Nagpur, Bhopal, Bilaspur, Nasik, Kolhapur, Bharuch(Gujarat), etc.