The Indian Academy of Performing Arts

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Smt. Padma Talwalkar

Padma Talwalkar has acquired training in Khyal gayaki in three main styles or gharanas, Gwalior, Kirana and Jaipur. Today, she leads a new generation of vocalists in an era when the distinction between gharanas is not as marked as in earlier years because of an environment that fosters the cross-fertilization of ideas from different gharanas. Her music represents a unique blend of the best of various gharanas, embellished with her own touch.

Padma was initiated into Hindustani classical music by Pandit Gangadhar Pimpalkhare. Thereafter, followed some years of careful training with Moghubai Kurdikar, the celebrated doyen of the Jaipur gharana. During this period, Moghubai's illustrious daughter, Kishori Amonkar, contributed in no small measure toward Padma's artistic development. Then came years of guidance and learning under the guidance of Pandit Gajananrao Joshi, an acknowledged master of the Agra, Jaipur and Gwalior gharanas.

In the course of shaping her early musical career, Padma has been a recipient of two prestigious honors. One, a five year scholarship from the Bhulabhai Memorial Trust and the other, a two year fellowship from the National Center for the Performing Arts, issued in memory of the late Kesarbai Kerkar. As a performing artiste, Padma is well known all over India and her tours abroad (including the U.S.) have brought her recognition as one of the outstanding female vocalists of the younger generation. She has recorded several CDs.