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Ruchira Kedar received her initial training from her father. She started learning from Alka Deo Marulkar, a vocalist of the Jaipur gharana, since the age of 14. She went on to top the All India Radio Music Competition in 1999 and subsequently bagged the National Talent Search Scholarship from the Government of India in 2000. She has performed in major concerts in India and has also toured the USA and Canada in 2002. She was a scholar at the ITC SRA between June 2003 and December 2006, under the guidance of the veteran vocalist Pandit Ulhas Kashalkar. She then moved to Pune and completed her Master’s degree in English Literature and Music. She has since been performing solo and collaborative Hindustani concerts very regularly. A significant few among these are the Tansen Samaroh at Gwalior, ITC SRA Sangeet Sammelans at Lucknow and Delhi, Yuva Mahotsav, DMCC at Mumbai, the Vedic Heritage Aashram,Long Island,New York etc. She has been the lead vocalist of Anuradha Pal’s "Stree Shakti", an all-women musician’s ensemble and has received several awards including the Yuva Sadhak Sammaan in 2007 by Madhukali ,the “Young Achiever” award from Mid-Day,Pune, the "Woman Achiever" award from Dainik Bhaskar,Bhopal, the "Sur Mani" title from the Sur Singar Samsad in Mumbai.
Her first solo album released by Sonic Octaves, Mumbai has been getting a very positive response while a popular U.K. label, which has brought out a world music compilation features her music representing the Indian music genre. The label has also released her first solo EP.
This is an excerpt from her recent recital at SRA, on January 22, 2011. Accompanying her were Shri Ashoke Mukherjee on tabla and Rupashree Bhattacharya on harmonium.