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Name: Dr Varsha Agrawal
Skills: Soloist, Teacher, Santoor Player (First Woman Santoor Player )
Phone: 919425091805
Fax: 917342564215
Address: Morsali Mandir Dabri Peetha New Road, Ujjain 456006, India
Links: E-mail
Dr. Varsha Agrawal is the one and only female artiste from India who has received international recognition for her brilliant performance on Santoor. Santoor is rare musical instruments of Kashmir and to find a female artist playing on this is rarest. Dr. Varsha Agrawal is a dedicated Santoor player who displays remarkable genius. It is really a great pleasure listening to her performance. Her audience is always spellbound when she reaches the zenith of expression during her performance. Jhalawar is the place where the childhood memories of great Sitar player, Bharat Ratna Pt. Ravi Shankar have been fondly cherished. Dr. Varsha, grand daughter of renowned Physician of Rajasthan Dr. Kalyanmal Agrawal, belongs to Jhalawar. Dr. Varsha is an emerging Santoor Player. She is one of the most brilliant young artists of Santoor. She has polished her art by strenuous training and ‘Riyaz’ and has won appreciation from audience all over the country. She started learning Vocal & Tabla at an age of six from Shri Elahi Bakshji Jhalawar & Shri Girdhari Lalji Dangi, Ajmer (Raj.), since then she has been learning Vocal, Tabla & Santoor under the able guidance of Pt. Lalit Mahantji Ujjain who is a renowned Tabla Artists of Banaras Gharana and a leading disciple of Padmavibhushan Pt. Kishan Maharajji, Varanasi and Lt. Pt. Riz Ramji Desad, Mumbai of Delhi Gharana. At present Dr. Varsha is the ‘Gandabandh’ disciple of renowned Santoor player, Saint of Santoor, king of strings Padm Shri Pandit Bhajan Sopori ji. Dr. Varsha Agrawal is the one and only female artist from India who has received international recognition for her brilliant performance on Santoor. She is associated to AIR and Doordarshan. Her interviews & performance have been telecast on Sahara Samay T.V. Channel. A number of ragas on Santoor have also been telecast on Doordarshan. She has got top grade on the feature written by her for AIR. She has also done Sangeet Bhusan, Sangeet Prabhakar Vocal, Sangeet Alankar (Tabla), Master of Arts (Vocal) in First Division with merit. She was awarded Ph.D. on the subject of ‘Hadoti Ki Lok Gathavo Ki Gayan Parampara’. At present she is working as Professor in Music Department, Govt. Girls’ P. G. College of Excellence, Dashera Maidan, Ujjain. Affiliated to Vikram University, Ujjain. Ujjain is a holy city famous for lord Mahakaleshwar Temple. It is the Sikshasthali (seat of learning) of lord Krishna. Dr. Varsha Agrawal has been performing all over India for various Prestigeous organization such as SPIC MACAY, Delhi Sangeet Natak Academy, J & K Art & Culture, Sojte Saaj by ICCR, OSHO National birthday celebration at Panchkula (Haryana), Vikramotsav, National Programme of Sankalp (Delhi), Sahitya SAngeet Kala Parishad, Uma Sanjhi Mahotsav, S.C.Z.C.C., Rubaru, Anushruti-9, Parangat Mahotsava, Lt. Sri Vasant Rao Deshpandey Smriti Sangeet Samaroh, Nagpur, Prachin Kala Kendra, Chakradhar Sangeet Samaroh, Raigarh, Sur Arpan, Bharat Parva, Raj Bhawan Governor House Madhya Pradesh. She has performed abroad at various places like Bannacay, Phoenix, Mauritius, Durban, Lenasia, South Africa etc. and has received heavy applause. She has been recognized as a guide for Ph.D. research work in Music by Vikram University, Ujjain and many students are doing research under her guidance. Many Bandishes, research Papers have been published by her in Sangeet Masik, Shodh-Samvet, research link etc. Dr. Varsha has been awarded with “Hari Om Trust Prize” in 1988 at Hyderabad and Research link award 2003-04, Kala Vidushi Award 2007, Samrat Vikramaditya Samman 2008. Dr. Varsha Agrawal is the First Eminent Women Santoor Player. She has also rendered her performance for Akashvani as well as Doordarshan. She has also performed special programme for Simhastha held at Ujjain. She is having excellent knowledge and interest for Rajasthan Folk Music also. She has performed her Santoor Vadan in most reputed musical organizations situated in the country.” Shri Harendra Kotia Station Director, All India Radio, Indore Not just her spellbinding music, but lasting impression. Dr. Varsha Agrawal from Ujjain, one of the few celebrated santoor exponents, especially among women instrumentalists, what comes forth are strong yet subtle observations. Hindustan Times (Around Town) Chandigarh, 13 Dec. 2004 Varsha Agrawal from Ujjain on Santoor enthralled the audience with her performance. The Kashmir Times, 8 Feb. 2005 Varsha Agrawal is disciple of Pt. Bhajan Sopori. She has made her name as the prominent classical solo musician of our country. Rhythm and Melodies of Jammu and Kashmir by ICCR In the evening, Dr. Varsha, an artiste from Ujjain gave santoor vadan recital. She was accompanied by Mr. Lalit Mahant on the percussion. The recital went on for two hours and the audience was spellbound. Tribune 12 Dec. 2004 It was my great pleasure to see a young lady Dr. Varsha keeping sticks (kalam) in her fingers and playing with an absolute command over the instrument Santoor which is rare. I feel she is capable enough to achieve the purity of ragas, keeping her individual versions of long accepted tradition. This makes her more promising in the sphere of santoor performances in general. In her recitals she blends the tradition with modernism through her personal innovation of style. Anil Sharma Station Director, Doordarshan Kendra Santoor Player Varsha Agrawal echoes the beauty of her instrument. HT, Chandigarh Santoor maestro mesmerises. Each performance is a test for any artist. Chandigarh Tribune October 13th, 2007 Dr. Varsha Agrawal C/o Shri Lalit Mahant Morsali Mandir, Dabri Peetha, In front of Prakash Talkies, New Road, Ujjain (M.P.) 456 006 INDIA + 91 94250 91805, + 91 734 2560805, Fax: + 91 734 2564215



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