Ajoy Chakrabarty (b. 1953) was introduced to music at the age of 3 by his father, Ajit Chakrabarty. Later he trained with several teachers including Pannalal Samanta, Kanai Das Bairagi, and the legendary maestro Jnan Prakash Ghosh. Still later, he trained with Munawar Ali Khan, the son and disciple of Bade Ghulam Ali Khan of Patiala gharana. Ajoy Chakrabarty is equally adept in khayal, thumri and Rabindra sangit.
Ashwini Bhide Deshpande
Ashwini Bhide Deshpande (b. 1960) started her early classical training under the guidance of Narayanrao Datar. Later, she has been under the tutelage of her mother Manik Bhide, a senior exponent of Jaipur Atrauli gharana. Ashwini has also received guidance from one of the stalwarts of this gharana, Ratnakar Pai. On the academic front, Ashwini holds a doctorate in Biochemistry from the University of Mumbai. Her music bears a strong influence of her training in Jaipur Atrauli tradition.
Aslam Hussain Khan
Aslam Hussain Khan (b. 1950) hails from a family of hereditary musicians associated with the Hapur gharana. After an initial stint with his maternal uncle Altaf Hussain Khan of the Khurja gharana, he came under the tutelage of his brother-in-law, Azmat Hussain Khan (alias Dilrang) of the Atrauli-Jaipur gharana. Aslam Khan is known for his wide-ranging repertoire across gharanas and genres.
Jayateerth Mevundi (b. 1972) took to music at a tender age under the guidance of his mother, and trained in classical music with Arjunsa Nakod. At present, he is undergoing training from Shripati Padigar. His music is marked with an uncanny influence of Bhimsen Joshi, the doyenne of Kirana gharana.
Manjiri Asanare Kelkar
Born in a family of musicians, Manjiri Asanare Kelkar was initiated in to music by her father, Anand Asanare, and had the early training with C. T. Mhaiskar. Later, she was groomed in the intricacies of the Jaipur- Atrauli gharana by Madhusudan Kanetkar. Manjiri is also a trained kathak dancer, and her music quintessentially represents the Jaipur-Atrauli tradition.
Mashkoor Ali Khan
Mashkoor Ali Khan (b. 1957) belongs to a family of hereditary musicians related to Abdul Karim Khan and Abdul Wahid Khan, the legendary founders of Kirana gharana. Mashkoor Ali learned from his father, the sarangi maestro Shakoor Ali Khan. He has inherited a vast repertoire of compositions in diverse rag-s from his forefathers, and his music essentially reflects the tradition of Kirana gharana.
Padma Talwalkar (b. 1948) hails from a family of kirtankar (tradition associated with Hindu devotional discourse). She received training from the masters of three major gharanas: Gwalior, Agra and Jaipur, and thus her performance depicts an eclectic mix of elements form these traditions. Initiated at the age of 10 by Gangadhar Pimpalkhare, she was groomed by Mogubai Kurdikar, the doyenneof Jaipur gharana. Later, she continued her quest with Pandit Gajananrao Joshi,a master of the Jaipur, Agra and Gwalior gharanas.
Initially groomed by Prabhakar Deshkar, Ram Deshpande (b. 1968) has had the privilege of training with several masters of Gwalior, Jaipur and Agra gharana. His teachers include: Yashwantbua Joshi, Ulhas Kashalkar, Babanrao Haldankar and Yashwant Mahale. Besides performance, he has a Ph.D to his credit for his contribution to the understanding of mishra rag-s. The influence of training in various styles is clearly seen in his performance.
Uday Bhawalkar (b. 1966) has trained with eminent dhrupad exponents, Zia Mohiuddin and Zia Fariduddin Dagar. He represents the Dagar bani of dhrupad. His repertoire includes the genres of dhrupad, dhamar and hori.
Ulhas Kashalkar (b. 1955) received his first music lessons from his father N. D. Kashalkar, a lawyer by profession and a noted amateur vocalist and musicologist. He went on to study music with Rajabhau Kogje and P. N. Khardenavis, and was later groomed by stalwarts like Ram Marathe and Gajananrao Joshi. Ulhas Kashalkar’s style is an eclectic mix of Gwalior, Jaipur and Agra gharana.
Veena Sahasrabuddhe (b.1948) was trained by her father, Shankar Bodas, and brother, Kashinath Bodas. Other mentors include Balwant Rai Bhatt, Vasant Thakar and Gajananbua Joshi. Besides performance, she has a Ph.D to her credit for her contribution to the understanding of the musical form of tarana. Her music fundamentally reflects the tradition of Gwalior gharana with some elements from Jaipur and Kirana styles.