Samarth Nagarkar was barely ten when he could identify with
Raga Sangeet (Hindustani classical music). His initial training began in
Bangalore under Smt. Aditi Kaikini Upadhya. At sixteen, he migrated to Mumbai
(Bombay) in pursuit of his passions which, by then, had taken deep roots in
In Mumbai, he received training from the veteran vocalist
and musicologist, Pandit Dinkar Kaikini. Samarth migrated to Kolkata in 2003
and became a disciple of one of India’s most distinguished performers and
gurus, Pandit Ulhas Kashalkar. During this period, he went on to become a
“Grade A scholar” at the much coveted ITC Sangeet Research Academy, Kolkata. By
virtue of intense and extensive guru-shishya parampara training Samarth’s
performance repertoire encompasses styles, ragas and compositions of three
prominent gharanas – Gwalior, Agra and Jaipur.
Samarth began performing when he was seventeen. Thereafter,
he has performed at several reputed conferences and venues across India and the
United States. Some of the most important concert platforms and venues in India
include the ITC Sangeet Sammelan, Kolkata and Bangalore, The National Centre
for Performing Arts (NCPA), Mumbai, India Habitat Center, New Delhi, Devnandan
Ubhayaker Yuva Sangeetotsav, Bangalore and Sangeet Natak Akademy, Lucknow. In
the US he has performed at Ali Akbar College of Music and Basant Bahar, CA,
Chhandayan All Night Concert, New York and Universities of Stanford, Indiana,
Penn State, UPenn, UT Southwestern among others.
Most notable among his various achievements and awards is
the President's Award for the First Prize in the prestigious All India Radio
music competition, 2000, which made him a graded artiste of the AIR. In June
2009, he was awarded a Fellowship by The Ministry of Culture, Government of
India, following his research involving documentation and analysis of the
sustenance of the fundamental principles of the Gwalior gharana gayaki through
its evolution over the past hundred years.
Samarth has two CDs titled ‘Pravaha’ (2010) and ‘Pranali’
(2013) and a book titled ‘Raga Sangeet: Understanding and Learning Hindustani
Classical Vocal Music’ to his credit.
In 2002, his music was featured in a German film titled Der
Dschungel Verandert Sich Nie (The Jungle Never Changes) by Martin D Costa. The
film has premiered at several prestigious film festivals in Europe and received
gratifying responses from critics and connoisseurs.
Samarth was head of the K K Kapoor Sangeet Research Academy,
Lucknow from July 2009 to Sept 2010 as Founder Faculty.
Samarth has also been conducting lecture demonstrations and
music workshops with varied audiences including connoisseurs and students of
different backgrounds in several cities and Universities across India and the
USA. Samarth also spearheaded an Indian Music Choir including a cross section
of students from various music schools and colleges in Lucknow. In sync with
the times, he also reaches out to students across the globe through online
Currently, dividing his time between New York and India, he
pursues a thriving music career as a concert performer, composer, teacher and
With extensive training and an artistic vision encompassing
tradition and modernity in a rare balance, Samarth Nagarkar is believed to be
one of the foremost young torchbearers of the traditions he represents.