Aneesh is today regarded as an accomplished soloist and a perfect foil to vocal and instrumental music or dance recitals. Aneesh remains a keen student of music, despite the acclaim he has received over the years from cognoscenti and general public and by way of awards like the scholarship for advanced training in tabla instituted by the Government of India and the Aditya Birla Kala Kiran Award.
His participation in Indian music recitals and in cross-cultural musical collaborations have taken him on extensive tours within India and overseas. His first solo album distributed by Underscore Records reaches listeners among a host of others, which feature him as accompanist on national and international record labels. Broadcasting and television networks have also recorded him.
Aneesh spent fruitful years as artist-in-residence at the University of New England, Australia, and as guest lecturer at the Music Department, University of Mumbai, and several other universities in other countries. He has put to use the experience he gained as teacher in the many lecture-demonstrations and workshops that he has conducted.
Aneesh continues to enrich his musical persona in his capacity as composer to film, theatre and dance projects. He won the Natyadarpan ‘Best Background Score’ Award for 1998, for his music to the Marathi play ‘Tumbara’ directed by Sunil Shanbag.
Endeavoring to understand his position in a historical continuum, Aneesh realized the symbiotic relationship between performance and research. He therefore continues to be a keen student of History, an area in which he was awarded a doctorate.He is presently Senior Research Fellow at the Department of Media, Music, and Cultural Studies, Macquarie University, Australia.
Akshay Chauhan graduated in Animation and Multimedia. He worked under one of the top Hollywood animators/artist Philip Edward Alexy during his animation/filmmaking studies.
He won the All India Logo Animation competition for Singapore Tourism Board in 2010 and is the Singapore Tourism Board Brand Ambassador.
An arts curator, Himanshu Verma is the founder of Red Earth (www.redearthindia.com), a New Delhi based independent arts organisation that works with Indian contemporary visual art as well as diverse forms of cultural expression, started in 2004. Under the banner of Red Earth, Himanshu curates exhibitions, visual art projects, and art festivals. His curatorial work engages with diverse themes and narratives, such as Indian seasons and festivals, Food, Delhi, as well as other themes like masculinity, and contemporary Indian urban culture.
As an artist, he is involved in multi-media collaborative art projects. Himanshu Verma is also a freelance researcher and writer.
His latest project is The Genda Phool Project (www.thegendaphoolproject.com) , a celebration of the universe of the marigold flower through art, music and plantations.
Kalpesh Kamath is a Commercial Artist as well as Interior Design diploma holder.
Kalpesh has been learning tabla from Dr. Aneesh Pradhan and takes guidance in matters related to music from vocalist Shubha Mudgal and harmonium player Sudhir Nayak. He has also been associated with Baajaa Gaajaa as Visualizer-cum-Graphic Designer since 2009. He has designed and executed the festival décor for Baajaa Gaajaa 2012.
Kalpesh has been actively involved in Shankh Art, a company set up in 2008 for Design, Printing, Event Design and Interior Designing Works.
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Known among filmmakers as the ideal production-in-charge, Nandu Nimbalkar has spent long years working with documentary filmmakers. He worked at Setu Films, Mumbai, after which he has been freelancing with film teams. However, he is an inseparable part of the team at Underscore Records and also coordinates technical requirements for the Baajaa Gaajaa festival.
Nitin Joshi did his post graduation in microbiology from Nagpur. His passion for music did not let him continue in the field of microbiology for long. It drove him to learn and work hard to be a part of the Indian music industry.
Studio Soundideaz was set up in Pune in the year 2002. Nitin, one of the partners and chief sound engineer, recorded, mixed and mastered innumerable albums here for music labels like Times music, Sony, EMI virgin etc. In addition to albums has also mixed songs for Marathi films.
After recording Agnee’s debut album, started traveling with the band as a live sound engineer.
Now a freelance live sound engineer, Nitin works regularly with leading bands.
He has been involved with different music festivals like Roots festival, NH7 festival and dumru festival.
This year he will be involved with Baajaa Gaajaa as an audio consultant and a sound engineer.
Rahul Vohra has played multiple roles in the field of culture. He was a senior member and actor of Delhi-based theatre group Chingari. Since then, he has been an actor for Indian and foreign theatre and feature film and documentary film productions, advertisements, and television serials. He has hosted television shows for Indian and foreign channels and has been a Presenter for diverse performances held at prestigious venues across the world.
Rahul has been Artistic Director and Producer for various international festivals of performing arts. A founding Co-ordinator of Sarthi, a voluntary body addressing basic issues related to artists and artisans, he has directed and managed productions with troupes of performing artists and craftspersons from all across the country.
He was Director of the show Navrasa, a multidisciplinary show that inaugurated the summer theatre season in France at the festival Printemps des Comediens. The show also travelled to two other festivals – Garonne at Toulouse and Chalon Dans La Rue at Chalon sur Saone.
Rahul was also Producer and Director of the show Jhalak that was featured at the World Cultural Forum Barcelona 2004 from May to September 2004. This show also travelled to the festivals of Reus and Bilbao (Spain) and Montpellier (France). He was Director of a multidisciplinary show Le Palais Des Vents with an international cast of artistes from six countries to inaugurate the festival Printemps des Comédiens (Montpellier) in June 2005. He even played an important role as Creative Consultant, Creative Director and producer of multidisciplinary performances and exhibitions for La Salle Champ Fleury at St Denis de la Réunion in Nov 2005 and for the programming year 2006.
He undertook the Creative Management of ‘1857’, a show with 2000 folk artistes from all over the country to commemorate the 150th anniversary of the First War of Independence at the Red Fort Delhi.
Rahul has been Artistic Consultant for several French film and television productions.
He established an independent performing arts and production company Apostrophe 99.
He has lectured on various aspects of Indian culture in festivals held in the Reunion Island (France).
Currently, Rahul is the Principal Lead Actor and Sutradhar (in French and English) in the world tour of the musical Bharati, which premiered at the Palais des Congres in Paris in Jan 2006 and travelled to 39 cities across the world. He has performed for the show nearly 500 times since the premiere, on European, American and Austalasian Tours
Rahul Vohra was awarded honorary citizenship of the city of Montpellier and the medal of St Jean de Vedas in 2005 by the Vice President of the department of Herault, south of France.
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Trained by stalwarts such as Ram Ashreya Jha, Vinay Chandra Maudgalya, Vasant Thakar, Jitendra Abhisheki, Kumar Gandharva, and Naina Devi, Shubha Mudgal is today one of the most versatile and popular performers in India.
Equally at ease with khayal and thumri-dadra as with Indipop and contemporary cross-cultural experiments, Shubha is also recognized as a composer.
She is the recipient of several awards:
• Best Music Direction in a non-feature film for her music in the documentary “Amrit Beej” by Meera Dewan, at the National Film Festival of India, 1996
• Aadharshila Award 1996
• Kalashri Award from Raja Ram Mohan Roy Education Foundation 1997
• Gold Plaque Award for Special Achievement in Music at the 34th Chicago International Film Festival 1998
• Padma Shri from the Government of India 2000
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