Isha Music - Artists

The title of ‘Vedpaathi’ is reserved for people who are well versed in the oral tradition of Vedic chanting. Pt. Ganesh Pant is currently teaching the four Vedas to the students of Dharam Sangha Mahavidyalaya, Delhi. Of all the universities of Delhi where Sanskrit is a subject, it is only at the Dharam Sangha that vedpaatha is taught. Earlier, Pt. Ganesh Pant taught the Yajurveda for two years at Sri Hanuman Ved Vidyalaya at Jaipur.

Pt. Ganesh Pant has done his MA.or Acharya from the Sri Nand Lal Bajoria Sanskrit Mahavidyalaya, Benaras Hindu University, Varanasi.
Pt. Ganesh Vidyalankar is not only a Sanskrit scholar but also a musicologist.

He did his B.A. in Sanskrit from the Gurukul Kangri Vishvavidyalaya, Haridwar. He then shifted to Delhi for further studies and did his M.A. in both Hindi and Sanskrit from Delhi University. Still not satisfied, he enrolled for M. Phil in Sanskrit from Delhi University. During his studies, he has had the good fortune of learning under the tutelage of Sanskrit stalwarts like Pt. Dharmadeva Vidyamartanda, a Sanskrit scholar well versed in 13 Indian and foreign languages.

As far as his training in music is concerned, Pt. Ganesh Vidyalankar has done his "Sangeet Shiromani" (equivalent to B.A.) from Delhi University and his "Sangeet Visharad" (equivalent to M.A.) from Prayag Sangeet Samiti, Allahabad.
Umakant and Ramakant Gundecha are one of India's leading exponents of the Dhrupad style of music. They are among the most active young performers of Dhrupad in Indian and international circuits.
Born in Ujjain in Central India, the brothers studied at the local Madhav Music College. Umakant has a post-graduate degree in music and economics and Ramakant in music and commerce. They moved to Bhopal (M.P.) in 1981 for training under renowned dhrupad master Zia Fariduddin Dagar and his brother Ustad Mohiuddin Dagar (the distinguished performer of Rudra Veena)
They received the M.P. Govt. Scholarship from 1981 to 1985, National Fellowship from 1987 to 89, Ustad Allauddin Khan Fellowship in 1993, Sanskriti Award in 1994 and Kumar Gandharva Award in 1998 by Govt. of Madhaya Pradesh and Dagar Gharana Award by Mewar Foundation in 2001.
Jitender Singh was born in 1966 in the city of temples - Jammu. The promise of an exceptional voice, noted for its power, range and sensitivity attracted attention when he was only a child. After initial training in Jammu, Jitender’s voice was modulated to traverse the octave of Khayal by Pandit Mani Prasad of Kirana Gharana in Delhi.

The influence of different Gharanas and maestros has helped Jitender to evolve a style that is unique. This sets him apart from other artists. He performs Thumri, Dadra and Bhajan with equal ease.

In addition to being a singer, Jitender is a talented music director. He has scored music for many films, tele-serials, jingles, plays, albums and dance dramas.
Shantanu Bhattacharyya is gifted with a voice that possesses all the attributes - exactness of notes, flexibility, range and tonal modulations of the highest level. Groomed in music from childhood by his mother, Shantanu later learned extensively from Pandit Prasun Banerjee, Shrimati Meera Banerjee and Pandit Ajoy Chakrabarty. With valuable advice from and association with great maestros while at the Sangeet Research Academy, Calcutta, he perfected himself into a musician aiming to combine the best of all the styles, focusing centrally on the gayaki of Ustaad Bade Ghulam Ali Khan.

A Graduate from University of Calcutta with Honours in Economics, Shantanu is an 'A' graded artiste of AIR and Doordarshan.
Shubha Mudgal was born in Allahabad in 1959 in a musically dedicated family. Trained initially as a khayal singer, she soon realized her powerful voice could encompass a wide range. So she moved to Delhi and sought the guidance of maestros such as Pandit Vinaya Chandra Maudgalya and Pandit Vasant Thakar.
She went on to learn stylistic techniques from well-known maestros Pandit Jitendra Abhisheki and Pandit Kumar Gandharva. She also received training in thumri from Smt. Naina Devi

One of the most versatile and popular concert artists among the younger generation of Hindustani musicians, Shubha Mudgal is among the most imaginative and adventurous female vocalists of India.
Pt. Rajendra Prasad Kimothi was born in 1959 to an illustrious family of ‘karmakaandi’ pundits of the Garhwal Himalayas.
Pt. Kimothi did his Masters in Sanskrit literature from Sampoornanand Sanskrit College, Benaras Hindu University – the foremost seat for Sanskrit learning. He did another Masters course in Sanskrit from Delhi, after which he completed a doctorate in Sanskrit from the Rashtriya Sanskrit Sansthan.
In recognition of his knowledge and expertise, Pt. Kimothi was appointed as a ‘dharmacharya’ by Maharishi Mahesh Yogi and worked at the Maharishi Dhyaan Vidyaapeetha where he was in charge of training the other pundits in ‘karmakaanda’ and imparting Vedic knowledge.

Besides being a scholar, Pt. Kimothi is also a recognized astrologer and poet. His Sanskrit poems have been broadcast over All India Radio and recited over Doordarshan TV. Currently he is teaching at Shri Motilal Sanskrit College in New Delhi.
Soma has a lovely voice, steeped in melody and with an ample range and volume"- as the noted music critic, Pt. Prakash Wadhera has observed, Soma has been blessed with a mellifluous, soulful and flexible voice, which delights her audience as soon as she begins her recital. Her performances, marked by perfect tunefulness and fine aesthetic improvisation, have been acclaimed by both listeners and critics.
Soma was initially trained by Smt. Uma Guha. Later she trained under Pt. Chandrakant Apte, an exponent of Gwalior Gharana, for more than five years.

Having done 'Sangeet Prabhakar' and 'Sangeet Alankar' earlier, Soma did her M.A., M.Phil. and Ph.D. from the University of Delhi. She has also been awarded the prestigious National Scholarship by the Government of India. She is a regular artiste of All India Radio in Hindustani Classical, as well as Light Vocal Music (Bhajan) categories.
Manuji’s spiritual voyage began the day he came in contact with Pandit Atmaram Phondani ‘Kamal’. Pt. Atmaram or “Shastriji” as he was often referred to, initiated Manuji into the minutiae of Hindu philosophy and theology. Since then Manuji has followed a path that has led to detailed study of the intricacies of the spiritual texts, especially the Purans and the Upanishads.
After the untimely demise of Shastriji, Manuji delved deeper into the study of Indian theology and mythology. He traveled extensively, trying to find the answers to his queries. His journeys brought him in contact with gurus like Devaraha Baba, Sripada Baba and the Shankaracharya of Badrinath Dham.
Manuji’s quest also led him to the study of meditative techniques - of Indian sages as well as the Buddhist monks. He explored this subject under the tutelage of the senior disciple of the Late Shri Shiva Balyogiji at Dehradun in the Garhwal Himalayas. These were followed by the deeper studies of the Buddhist texts and their system of meditation. Manuji has been conducting sessions on meditation ever since, sharing his knowledge and the benefits of meditation with those interested in learning more about this ancient practice.

The grandson of Late Lala Daulat Ram Gupta, Manuji has a Masters degree in commerce from the prestigious Shri Ram College of Commerce, Delhi. He is also the founder and owner of Isha Music.