renowned Hindustani classical vocalist Dr. Prabha Atre is perhaps the
only performer who has also excelled as a brilliant thinker, academician,
author, composer and teacher of music hence she has fetched a distinct place for herself in the
creative world. She is one of the senior most, front ranking vocalists in
the country representing the Kirana gharaanaa, today.She is among the most
prominent Indian Classical Music artists in the 20th century. Her creative
mind, her endeavor has made her distinct from other vocalist of her generation.
Along with soul-stirring, sonorous
voice, her vocalizing is in perfect diction and clarity which became a
trademark of Prabha Atre.
She has performed a major role in popularizing Indian
classical vocal music at global level. Her pleasant and dignified presence on
stage, her chaste and creative approach, her imaginative play with subtleties
of tones and dynamics, her effortless control over intricate yet appealing
phrases in aalaap, taan and sargam, her precise articulation of words and
stirring portrayal of the emotional themes all together raised her work to the
level of extreme superiority. Dr Prabha Atre's music is a great combination of
the rigours of tradition that blended harmoniously with the autonomy of artistic
innovation. The listener is always offered many surprises of scholarly phrases
coupled with novelty in her rendition. She is among those rare artists who are
having equal mastery over different musical forms like Khayal, Thumri, Dadra, Gazal, geet,
Natyasangeet, Devotional songs etc. A little-known fact is her short stint as a
singing stage-actress in early days of her carrier.
octogenarian Diva Prabha ji who is indisputably a composer par excellence always
mesmerized the connoisseurs with her compositions in various musical forms bearing
imprints of her creative genius. She also authored books on the various aspects
of music that are especially relevant to the present day performance.Her sincerity to art and sensitivity to
the times clearly surface in her thinking and singing, all these make her music
a singularly satisfying experience.
She has Participated in all major
and prestigious music festivals (government and public), held in India and
abroad for numerous times. For her unparalleled persona and contributions she
is awarded with numerous national and international awards.
Padmabhushan, Rashtriya Kalidas Sanman, Sangeet Natak Akademi Award, Giants
International Award, Godavari Gaurav Puraskar, Akademi Tagore Ratna Puraskar
etc. are name to the few. Her fans and admirers conferred with titles Swarmayee
(one who became unite with Swar), Swaryogini (master practitioner of SwarYoga) and Gaanprabha (one whose music is luminous with
the Universal light).
Dr Prabha Atre, todays the senior most and
finest exponent of the Indian Music whose name is synonymous with whatever is
pristine in music. I consider it to be
my singular privilege to have regularly learning & closely get associated
with her as a disciple for such long time & it is truly fruitful. Iam working painstakingly through rigorous
daily riyaaz to imbibe her ‘Nazar’ & aesthetical approach to achive
authenticity in this unique musical style.