Aditi Upadhya

Aditi has received intense training in the traditional paramparic style, characterized by the dedicated and close tutelage of her Guru and father, Pt. Dinkar Kaikini, himself a grand and renowned gavaiyya of the Agra Gharana, and her mother, Shashikala Kaikini, respected radio vocalist and current Principal of the Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan’s Music School in Bombay.

It was from the same school that Aditi received her academic degree in music, the Sangeet Visharad, in 1982. A worthy spokeswoman of her father’s powerful but nuanced style of singing, she has also chosen to highlight her lighter musical side, following training under Smt. Shobha Gurtu, known for her unparalleled mastery of Dadra, Thumri and Hori.
Aditi frequently gives lecture demonstrations and workshops on Indian classical music to both novices and connoisseurs. Since 1995, she has been regularly called upon to speak for audiences of intellectuals, theoreticians and scientists at Bangalore’s National Institute for Advanced Studies. She is also a devoted Guru to a select group of students. and has also taught Hindustani music at the Mallya Aditi International School in Bangalore.