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Rahul Deshpande - Singing in Pune in March 2011
|Native name||राहुल देशपांडे|
|Born||10 October 1979|
Pune, Maharashtra, India
|Genres||Hindustani classical music|
|Years active||1984 onwards|
Education and career
Rahul developed his interest in vocal music by studying the music of Kumar Gandharva. Initially, he sought guidance from Ushatai Chipalkatti and Kumar Gandharva's son Mukul Shivputra. He further learned music under the tutelage of Gangadharbuva Pimpalkhare and Madhusudhan Patwardhan. He also learned the tabla from Suresh Samant. His repertoire includes khyal, thumri, dadra, natyageet, bhajan, ghazal and bhaavgeet.
Rahul is the judge on Zee Marathi's popular reality TV show "Sa Re Ga Ma Pa - Little Champs". His work in the film Katyar Kaljat Ghusali was appreciated. He was the playback singer for the songs of "Khansaheb Aftab Hussain Bareliwale", played by Sachin Pilgaonkar in the film. The role was played by Rahul himself in the play Katyar Kaljat Ghusali.
A revised version of Kakasaheb Khadilkar's Sangeet Maanapmaan played in Maharashtra in 2011 and 2012, the centenary year of the play's first performance. It has been revised by Rahul Deshpande. "Originally, the play has five parts with around 52 classical songs. Deshpande's version will have two parts and 22 classical songs."
- Katyar Kaljat Ghusali
- Sangeet Sanshaykallol
- Balgandharva (Playback Singer)
- Katyar Kaljat Ghusali (Playback Singer)
- A Month and a Week (Actor and Playback Singer) (Yet to be released)
Achievements and recognition
- Rasikagrani Dattopant Deshpande Award, presented to him at the Sawai Gandharva Music Festival.
- Master Dinanath Mangeshkar Awards 2012 by Lata Mangeshkar.
- "Kothrud Bhushan" award by the hands of Maharashtra's Chief Minister, Devendra Phadanvis.
- Sudhir Phadke Award for his outstanding achievements at a young age.
- Special Jury Award Best Singers in Zee Chitr Gaurav 2016.
Rahul is married to Neha Deshpande and they are blessed with a daughter.
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