About the Artist
Shrikant Dattatray Waikar was born in a family whose tradition is steeped in music. His father and guru Pandit Dattatray Krishna Jangam (Waikar) was a disciple of Sangeet Chudamani Pandit Vinayakrao Patwardhan of the Gwalior gharana. Though initially inclined towards Tabla, Shrikant started learning vocal music from his father from an early age. He continued to receive ta’lim from his father till his demise and has devoted himself completely to music since then.
Along with his sister Mohini Waikar, he published the book Sur Sagar, an important compendium of bandishes in prachalit as well as anwat ragas, composed by his father. In addition, he has followed in his father’s footsteps by spreading awareness about classical music through performances and an active shishya parampra.
About the Mehfil
Shrikant Dattatray Waikar has inherited the legacy of the Gwalior gharana by virtue of the fact that his father learnt from Pandit Vinayakrao Patwardhan who had, in turn, received ta’lim from Pandit Vishnu Digambar Paluskar. Thus, while Shrikant’s musical perspective is firmly rooted in the rich tradition of the gharana, he is also influenced by the gayaki of Ustad Amir Khan and Pandit Bhimsen Joshi. Shrikant will commence his recital with raga Bhoop after which he would present two makhsoos ragas of the Gwalior gharana – Khambavati & Audav Bageshree – before concluding with a Jogi bhajan.