Shubhada Moghe 

"An artiste with great perception & a very promising talent" said the French Cultural Director when Shubhada performed for a delegation.

Shubhada is an exponent of the Bhaskarbua Bakhle gayaki, - a rich blend of Gwalior, Agra & Jaipur gharanas. While in college, she started learning music under the tutelage of Pandit Manikbua Thakurdas, the erudite scholar & musicologist & the only veteran musician in India of this gayaki, which he has inculcated in her, teaching her traditionally known & rare ragas and thumris. Under his guidance she did her Sangeet Visharad

Pt. Manikbua Thakurdas has been her only Guru & Shubhada has participated with him in lecture-demonstrations on "Rare ragas & talas", "Kalyan ke Prakar" "Todi ke prakar", in "Sangeet Ek Samvedana" & on "melkarta" ragas.

A graduate with English & French Literature & a post-graduate in Information Science, Shubhada worked in the information field and was sponsored by the Rotary International (Chicago) to visit libraries & information centers in USA in 1988. She also took this opportunity to give lecture-demonstrations on Hindustani classical music at various rotary clubs during this trip

For some time she continued to work in leading companies, but then gave up a full-time lucrative job to pursue music.

Shubhada's concerts are well appreciated. She has rendered individual performances at several prestigious music circles in India like - NCPA, Nehru Centre, Y.B.Chavan Prathisthan, Indian Music Group (IMG), Vile Parle Music Circle, Bade Gulam Ali Khan Yadgaar Sabha, Suburban Music Circle, Mahatma Gandhi Seva Mandir - Music Lovers' Club, Udayan etc. Her concerts at Karnataka Sangha & at the Ustad Alladiya Khan Sammelan, where she sang rare ragas, are highly acclaimed & still talked about by music connoisseurs.

In August 1999, she also participated in a grand function to felicitate Pt. Manikbua Thakurdas on his 90th birthday. This function was held in Mumbai & was well attended by stalwarts from the field of music.

In February 2001, she participated in the music festival organised by Ustad Halim Jaffer Khan's "Halim Academy of Sitar"

Shubhada's greatest contribution is towards keeping the tradition of the Bhaskarbua Bakhle gayaki alive and popularising rare but traditional ragas which have been taught to her by her Guruji, Pt. Manikbua Thakurdas whose lineage goes back seven generations of musicians

The famous music critic Sumit Savur said of her debut concert "Shubhada Moghe staked a claim for popular acclaim by virtue of a charming stage presence, a melodious voice & a versatile range of singing modes … the recital was unusual and charming"

Contact: smoghe@bom5.vsnl.net.in


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