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A tribute to her Gurus..

“Shri GurubhyoNamaha.. Guru bin kaun bataave baat.. A guru is the power of Gnyan (Knowledge).”
“Guru is the ultimate strength of a disciple…. ”
“The dream begins with a teacher who believes in you and leads you to the next plateau, sometimes poking you with a sharp stick called “the truth”..
Sangeeta’s Journey of Music started with the vision of Dr. Katti, the blessings of the legendary SANGEETH SAMARAT NAUSHAD SAHAB at the age of 4.
Her first guru was Pt. Sheshagiri Dandapur from Dharwad, through whom she gained a strong foundation for her journey of music.
Later on she continued her learning from Guru Pt. Chandrashekar Puranikmath of Dharwad, who trained her in Khayal Gayaki. He introduced her to the legend of Kirana-Gwalior gharanas – Padmabhushan Pt. Basavaraj Rajguru, under whose able tutelage, Sangeeta learnt for 12 years.
Now Sangeeta is under the disciplined Guru-Shishya paddhati of learning under, GanaSaraswati PadmaVibhushana Smt.Kishori Amonkar of Jaipur-Atrauli gharana.
Sangeeta honed her skills in rendering Daswani/Santwani (Bhajans) under Sri Anantachar Katgeri (Dasaru) of Dharwad.

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Awards and Accolades

Awards and Accolades

  • A recipient of the Suvarna Karnataka Rajyotsava award 2006-2007 (Highest honor of the state)
  • Described as ” Wonder in Music ” by Sangeet Samrat Naushad Sahab, when Sangeeta was just 4 years.
  • Performed Classical Music as a child prodigy on children’s day through ‘Akashwani’ in November 1975.
  • Received the unique blessings of Mother Teresa in the year 1977.
  • Recorded the first Bhajan Album Dasamanjari at the young age of 13 .
  • 1st rank to the State in Junior,Senior and Vidwat exams in Hindustani Classical Vocal.
  • Recipient of the AIR annual awards in Hindustani Classical and Light Music.
  • Represented the state of Karnataka at the National Music Festival, South Central Zone, Nagpur -1987.
  • Represented the state in Hindustani Classical Vocal for the “National Integration Camp” held at CCERT – NEW DELHI in 1990.
  • Represented Karnataka at the AKKA Conventions, UK and USA.
  • Sung with Maestros like Dr. M Balamurali Krishna, K J Yesudas (Live in Chicago), P.B Srinivas, S.P. Balasubramanyam and Dr. Rajakumar.
  • Worked with the renowned music directors of South India Like Upendra Kumar, M Ranga Rao, Vijay Bhaskar, Rajan Nagendra , C Ashwath , M M Keeravani , Hamsalekha , V Manohar and Others.
  • Received great words of appreciation and blessings from Bharat Ratna Pt. Ravi Shankar for singing his Thumri Compositions for Akashwani Bangalore.
  • Personally Congratulated by Smt Sonia Gandhi, President AICC for rendering “Vande Mataram” at the 62nd AICC plenary session held at Bangalore
  • Lecture demo presented on the Role of Women in Music and Significance of Indian Music at The OHIO State University,US.
  • Worked as a Composer for several Albums and Shows , researched on the project Sangeet – Sarita, an introduction of Indian Classical ragas through Indian Cinema and successfully rendered these shows all over the world.

List of Concerts

  • Mysore Dasara (Darbar Hall) festival in 1983, 1987, 1999, 2005, 2008, 2014
  • 51st Sawai Gandharva Sangeetotsav, Pune – December 2003.
  • Hampi Utsav – 1989, 1993, 1998 , 2004, 2007, 2010 .
    (A National Cultural fest conducted by Govt of Karnataka)
  • Other important state festivals like
  • – Sahyadri utsav – 1998
    – Navsarpur utsav – 1991
    – Hoysala utsav – 2004
    – Kittur Utsav – 2004
  • The Spirit of Unity Concerts for Universal Integration – 1998 (Bobbili, Vizianagaram) 2000 (Vishakhapatnam).
  • Mahakumbha Mela, Haridwar, Uttaranchal April 2010.
  • Several other important places like Mumbai , Goa , Delhi, Nasik, Hyderabad, Pune, Chennai , Bangalore, Mantralayam and others.
  • The Spirit of Unity Concerts for Universal Integration – 1998 (Bobbili, Vizianagaram) 2000 (Vishakhapatnam).
  • Mahakumbha Mela, Haridwar, Uttaranchal April 2010.
  • Several other important places like Mumbai , Goa , Delhi, Nasik, Hyderabad, Pune, Chennai , Bangalore, Mantralayam and others.

Important concerts abroad

UK
* Vishwa Kannada Sammelana , Millenium Meet at Manchester – Aug 2000, Aug 2008 .
Young Kannadigas at London, Rajyotsava celebrations, Nov 2008.
* UKKV Ugadi at Cardiss, April 2011.

USA
* AKKA Conventions at Houston, Texas, – Sep 2000, Detroit Michigan – Sep 2002, Orlando Florida, Sep 2004, Baltimoore, MD, Sep 2006
* Basant Bahar, California.- 2002,2004. NA Kannadigas – 2000, 2002. Kannada Kuta LA & Sandiego – 2002
* Sri Venkateshwara Temple , Pittsburgh – 2002 and Purandara dasa day , June 2004.
* Kannada Sangha Atlanta – 2000. VSNA Convention, Atlanta – July 2004.
* Kannada Kuta, Hindu Temple & Other associations at Chicago – 2000, 2002 , 2004, 2006, 2008
* Sai Baba Temple , Aurora, IL- 2004
* HTGC , Lemont IL – 2002
* Pampa Kannada Kuta at MI, 2002, 2004. Michigan Symphony, Detroit, MI (2010).
* Musi Community of Greater Metropolitan Detroit, MI 2002 …
* Kaveri Kannada Kuta, MD – 2000, 2002, 2004 …West Virginia & Washington DC …
* Music Community of greater Metropolitan Detroit, MI – Sep 2002
* Triveni (Brindavan) Kannada Sanga at NJ and NY – 2000, 2002, 2004
* CVHTS, Connecticut – 2002, 2004
* Annual Music and Dance Festival , ICHS , Dallas, TX – 2004. Mallige Kannada Kuta, Dallas , TX – 2000.
* Kannada Association of Northern California and Los Angeles – 2000, 2002
* Kannada Association St. Louis – 2004
* Mallige Kannada Sangha at Clarion Hotel Auditorium, Indianapolis, Indiana – 2004.Gita Mandal Indianapolis, Indiana – 2004
* Swanranjali – Columbus, Ohio- 2000, 2004
* VMS Sri Jayathirtha Aradhana Day Allentown, Pennsylvania, 2004

Other Associations like
* Sunnyvale Temple, California , Birmingham – Alabama , Sandiego , Evansville – IN, Louiville – KY, Hindu Temple, Detroit etc…

Canada
* Kannada Association – Toronto – 2000, 2004
* Rendered Vande Mataram at The Panorama India – Indo – Canadian Cultural Fest. Toronto – 2004

Australia
* Successful tour (APKO) in 2009 – Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide etc

New Zealand
* APKO in 2009 – Auckland. Sangeeta Sarita in 2010 – Auckland

Hong Kong
* APKO – India Association, 2009

Bahrain
* SAARTHA Foundation in Nov 2010 …

Titles
Sangeeta Bharati
Gana Kogile

Awards
* Suvarna Karnataka Rajyotsava Award -2006-07, the higest civilian award. The Best Title Tracks , Best Singer award – Mudalamane (2008-09), Mahanavami (2010)
* Swaramandar for best album of the year -2001
* Aryabhata awards in the year – 1995(Best Play Back Singer), 2000 (Best Album), 2004 (Best Singer Award ).
* Knock Out Udaya TV Award for the Best Play Back Singing for the film Nagamandala – 1998
* Chitra Rasikara Sanga Award for best play back singing for the film Kalyana Mantapa – 1992- 93

 

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Bendre Geeta Yatre

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“Bhaala Chanda haadidi, ishtakka mugeelilla … Nana Yella hadugalanu kodthini … Yellakade haadkotha hogu” (You sang beautifully, but that’s not all…I will give you all my poems and you will have to take them every where). These were the affectionate words of Varakavi Da Ra Bendre to the 8 year old Sangeeta Katti at Dharwad.

The great poet had an immense desire to hear Sangeeta sing all his songs.Three decades later, to fulfill the desire of the legendary poet, Sangeeta voluntarily ventured into an ambitious task of bringing alive the people’s poet through her unique programme Bendre Geeta Yatre by training and presenting the young budding talents all over the state to sing his songs. Sangeeta has plans to bring out the audio albums of top Singers of Bendre Geeta Yatre from all over.

BGY16The main motto of Geeta Yatre is not only to serve the main purpose of composing Bendre songs, but also take him directly to the hearts of the younger generation, thus providing an opportunity to dig out the latent musical talent across the globe. The one day programme in each place will have KAVYA CHINTANA – a review of Bendre literature by experts in the morning and KAVYA GAYANA – rendering Bendre’s Songs by the well trained young singers and Sangeeta herself, in the evening, the common feature being the most popular poem “BAARO SADHANAKERIGE”.

BGY14The Bendre Geeta Yatre started at the cultural capital of Karnataka, Mysore with a bang, which was inaugurated by Jnanapeetha awardee Dr. U.R Anantha Murthy in the year May 2005. About 26 young aspirants of music made their maiden entry on the stage at the grant event, few amongst them won Laurels in some of the popular reality shows also .

This was followed in Gadag, a historical abode of music, which was inaugurated by Nadoja Prof.Chanaveera Kanavi. The highlights of the event were the magnanimous speech by Shri Shri Shri JAGADGURU TONTADARYA Mahaswamyji and the musical saint Late Dr.Puttaraja Gavai of Veereshwara Punyaashrama Gadag.

BGY15In Bangalore, Bendre Geeta Yatre made its entry with Vidya Vardhaka Sangha school, Rajajinagar, who hosted the grand event in the school premises, where in the foundation stone was laid by none other than the Varakavi Bendre himself. This was inaugurated by the famous poet Dr. Laskhmi Narayana Bhatta and was presided over by Dr. P R Mundewadi, The Chairman, VVS Institutions.