Kedar Naphade

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Kedar Naphade
Born 1972 (age 45–46)
Genres Indian classical music
Occupation(s) Musician
Instruments harmonium
Years active 1982 - present

Kedar Naphade (Marathi: केदार नाफडे, born January 10, 1972) is an Indian harmonium player in the Hindustani classical tradition.

Early life[edit]

Kedar Naphade was born into a Maharashtrian family in the city of Mumbai, India. His father, Sudheer Naphade is a professional in the Merchant Navy and was the Nautical Advisor to the Government of India. His mother Pushpalata Naphade is a physician. He grew up in a traditional middle class environment in a suburb of Mumbai. He received initial music education and training in the harmonium from his grandfather Shri Dadasaheb Naphade and from Arwind Gajendragadkar. Since 1980, from the age of 8, he started learning harmonium solo and accompaniment from Tulsidas Borkar. He was also closely associated with and learnt from Padmavati Shaligram-Gokhale of the Atrauli-Jaipur Gharana from 1989–1993.

He finished his engineering degree at the Indian Institute of Technology in Mumbai in 1993. Subsequently he relocated to the United States of America, where he finished his Ph.D. in Operations Research from Lehigh University in 1997.


Kedar has been performing harmonium solo and accompaniment concerts since 1982. He was featured as a child artist on the Mumbai Television Channel Doordarshan in the early 1980s and started performing professionally as a soloist and accompanist of Hindustani Classical music in 1990, at the age of 18. He first came into limelight with a concert at the prestigious Annual Alladiya Khan Smruti Samaroha in Mumbai, India with Smt. Padmavati Shaligram-Gokhalie in 1992.

Kedar's music derives inspiration from the stylistic genius and dexterous wizardry of Tulshidas Borkar and his guru P. Madhukar as well as the character of the traditional Hindustani vocal art form. In addition to classical music, Kedar also plays the semi-classical forms of Marathi Natyasangeet (Stage Music), Bhajans, Thumri etc.

Kedar has performed harmonium solo and has accompanied vocalists at numerous concerts in India, Europe and in the U.S. He has more than 500 concert appearances to his credit, including prestigious festivals and venues such as the Alladiya Khan Smruti Samaroha, Dadar Matunga Cultural Center and Vile Parle Music Circle in Mumbai, Surel Samvadini Sanvardhan institute in Belgaum, Karnataka, Kala Academy in Panaji Goa, Bharat Natya Mandir in Pune, India, the London U.K. Marathi Mandal, The Lincoln Center in New York, Carnegie Hall in New York, The Smithsonian Institution in Washington D.C., the LearnQuest Academy music conference in Boston, the Chhandayan Annual All Night Music Conference in New York etc.

He has also been featured on radio stations such as the National Public Radio, WKCR 89.9, e-Prasaran Internet radio etc. He has collaborated on stage with legendary musicians of India such as his guru Smt. Padmavati Shaligram-Gokhale, Pt. Jasraj, Smt. Veena Sahasrabuddhe, Pt. Ulhas Kashalkar, Smt. Prabha Atre, Smt. Laxmi Shankar, Pt. Phiroz Dastur, Smt. Ashwini Bhide-Deshpande, etc.

He has also collaborated with other instrumentalists and worked in instrumental ensembles with other instruments such as the sitar, flute, violin and mandolin.

He is a reputed teacher of the harmonium for Indian Classical music and two of his students Rohan Prabhudesai and Swarup Swaminathan have started providing professional accompaniment in Hindustani classical music. Kedar added a new chapter in his Music life when he started the First Online Music teaching school for the harmonium under Ace Open University in 2010.

Awards and recognitions[edit]

Swar Sadhana Samiti young artist award (1983, 1984)


  • Sangeet Music Society, Philadelphia/Delaware Area: This website currently shows Kedar on their front page.[1]
  • Indian Academy of Performing Arts, New Jersey. The site below lists 12 of Kedar's historical concerts for this instuttion. This includes performances with artists such as Laxmi Shankar, Ulhas Kashalkar, Ratnakar Pai, Babanrao Haldankar and Sharad Sathe.[2]
  • The Indo-American Arts Council New York Website shows Kedar as one of the performers at Carnegie Hall for a concert in March 2007.[3][4]
  • The Seattle Ragmala blog shows Kedar listed as a performer with Laxmi Shankar for their annual festival "Utsav" in 2007.[5]
  • The Indian Music Society of Minneapolis shows Kedar listed on their page as one of the concert performers for a concert in November 2011.[6]
  • Google has classified one of Kedar's articles as a knol.[7]
  • New York's Harmonyom organization has listed Kedar in their "Meet the maestros page".[8]
  • The Association of Performing arts of India, in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida, lists Kedar as a performer for several concerts in the last 6– 7 years.[9]
  • The India Herald in Texas has Kedar's name as a teacher of his student, Rohan Prabhudesai, who performed there earlier this year. This review mentions that Kedar has performed in Houston many times.[10]
  • There is a review of one of Kedar's 2005 concerts with Smt. Veena Sahasrabuddhe on the Vivekananda Vidyapith website,[11]
  • The website of the Learnquest music Academy lists Kedar's name as part of their performance schedule for their 2008 conference and it mentions that Kedar accompanied Pt. Prabhakar Karekar and Smt. Prabha Atre.[12]
  • The Chhandayan video below shows Kedar performing at their prestigious all night concert in 2009, with both Mitali Bhawmik and with Ustad Mashkoor Ali Khan.
  • MIT Swara (Massachusetts Institute of Technology) organized Kedar's lecture and demonstration in November 2007.[13]
  • The website Planet Radio City has listed Kedar as an instrumentalist.[14]
  • Featured in the 2009 annual all night concert video, released by the New York Institution Chhandayan.[15]


  1. ^ "||||||| Sangeet |||||||". Archived from the original on 2010-09-14. Retrieved 2010-07-04. 
  2. ^ "IAPA Events". Retrieved 2012-09-29. 
  3. ^ "Indo-American Arts Council, Inc". 2007-03-18. Retrieved 2010-07-04. 
  4. ^ "Indo-American Arts Council, Inc". 2007-03-18. Retrieved 2010-07-04. 
  5. ^ Abhijit Nadgouda says: (2008-10-05). "Kedar Naphade « Ragamala Blog". Retrieved 2010-07-04. 
  6. ^ "IMSOM Concert: Mitali Banerjee Bhawmik (Hindustani Vocal)". 2007-12-10. Retrieved 2010-07-04. 
  7. ^ Kedar Naphade (2009-01-31). "A perspective on the Indian Harmonium - a knol by Kedar Naphade". Retrieved 2010-07-04. [permanent dead link]
  8. ^ "Meet the Maestros!". HarmoNYom. Archived from the original on 2010-09-11. Retrieved 2010-07-04. 
  9. ^ "The Association of Performing Arts of India - Reviews". Retrieved 2010-07-04. 
  10. ^ "Masterly concert for Pratham by young musicians". Retrieved 2012-09-29. 
  11. ^ "Vivekananda Vidyapith". 2005-09-17. Archived from the original on 2012-03-08. Retrieved 2012-09-29. 
  12. ^ "Session Information 2007 LearnQuest Music Conference". Retrieved 2010-07-04. 
  13. ^ "MIT Swara Events". Retrieved 2010-07-04. 
  14. ^ "Kedar Naphade | Instrumentalists | Indian and International Instrumentalists". Retrieved 2010-07-04. 
  15. ^ “”. "2009 All Night Concert - Chhandayan". YouTube. Retrieved 2010-07-04. 

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