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We wish a Happy 81st Birthday to vocalist Dr. PRABHA ATRE (born 13. Sept 1932)

Posted by ElJay Arem (IMC OnAir) on September 13, 2013

Prabha Atre (born 13 September 1932) is an Indian classical vocalist.


Dr. Prabha Atre (Copyright: Facebook page)

Dr. Prabha Atre (Copyright: Facebook page)

Prabha was born to Abasaheb and Indirabai Atre in Pune. As children, Prabha and her sister, Usha, were interested in music, but neither of them planned to pursue music as a career. When Prabha was eight, Indirabai was not keeping good health, and at a friend’s suggestion that classical music lessons would help her feel better, she took a few lessons. Listening to those lessons inspired Prabha to learn classical music.

Her music training was in the Guru-shishya tradition. She learnt classical music initially from Vijay Karandikar. She then learnt from Sureshbabu Mane and Hirabai Badodekar from the Kirana school for advanced training. She acknowledges the influence of two other greats, Ustad Amir Khan and Bade Ghulam Ali Khan, on her gayaki.

While studying music, Prabha finished college courses in science and law to receive degrees in both of those disciplines. She later also earned a Ph.D. in music. Her doctoral thesis was titled Sargam, and pertained to the use of sol-fa notes in Indian classical music.

Academic and Musical qualifications

  • Bachelor of Science : Ferguson College, University of Pune.
  • Bachelor of Law : Law College, University of Pune.
  • Sangeet Alankar (Master of Music) : Gandharva Mahavidyalaya Mandal.
  • Doctor of Music – research on Sargam.
  • Western Music Theory Grade-IV : Trinity College of Music, London.
  • Training in North Indian Classical Vocal Music: Traditional ‘guru-shishya paramparaa’ system: under Sureshbabu Mane and Hirabai Badodekar from Kirana gharana.
  • Formal training in Kathak dance-style.


Prabha Atre is currently one of the senior vocalists in the country representing the Kirana Gharana. She has contributed to popularizing Indian classical vocal music at global level. She is competent in different musical genres such as KhayalThumriDadraGhazal, geet, Natyasangeet, and bhajans. She had a short stint as a singing stage-actress in the early days of her career. She played her roles in a line-up of Marathi theatre classics, which included socials and mythologicals like Sanshay-Kallol, Maanaapamaan, Saubhadra and Vidyaharan.


  1. Maru BihagKalavatiKhamaj thumri
  2. Niranjani – Puriya KalyanShankaraBasant
  3. Anant Prabha – LalitBhinna ShadjaBhairavi thumri
  4. BageshreeKhamaj thumri
  5. JogkaunsTodi, thumri
  6. Malkaunsdadra
  7. Chandrakauns
  8. Madhukauns
  9. MadhuvantiDesi
  10. YamanBhairav
  11. Shyam KalyanBihagRageshree thumri
  12. Unique experience with Dr. Prabha Atre – ghazal and bhajan recordings from live concerts from the 1970s.


Prabha Atre has authored books on the various aspects of music that are especially relevant to the present day performance. Her Doctoral thesis on ‘Sargam’ or the use of sol-fa names as musical material, which is perhaps a pioneering work on the subject, bears testimony to this. Her first book `Swaramayee’ which is a compilation of many of her articles on music and has bagged the Maharashtra State Govt. Award in 1989 is a classic example of her analytical approach and original thinking. Her second book `Swaralee’ published in 1992 also received great accolades. Madhya Pradesh Govt. Hindi Granth Academy has published Hindi translation of `Swaramayee’ and ‘Swaralee’ with a view to take these books to Hindi knowing music lovers. Her books ‘Swaranginee’ and ‘Swaranjanee’ carries more than 400 popular compositions in classical and light classical music. A book in English ‘Enlightening the Listener – Contemporary North Indian Classical Vocal Music Performance’ (accompanied with a CD) has achieved its objective in helping the global music lovers to understand and appreciate the Indian art music. A book in English about music and musicians ‘Along the Path of Music’ is also released. A book of poems in Marathi `Antahswar’ by Dr. Atre brings out a different aspect of her creative personality. 4th edition of Swarmayee and 3rd edition of Suswaralee (swaralee) is Published in 2011.


  • More than 500 pieces in khyaaltaranathumridadraTappabhajan-geet-ghazals[citation needed].
  • Book of popular compositions by Dr. Atre Swarangini and swaranjanee are published and still very popular.
  • She has also invented new Raags such as Apurva Kalyan, Darbari Kauns, Patdeep-Malhar, Shiv Kali, Tilang-bhairav, Ravi Bhairav, Madhur-kauns etc. which are now popularly sung and played all over.
  • Music compositions adapted to full-length dance programme `Nritya Prabha’ – choreographed by the famous Bharatanatyam danseuse Sucheta Bhide Chaphekar.
  • Music composition adapted for jazz by Susanne Abbuehl from Holland.
  • Music composed for musical-dramas and Sangeetikas.

Music-related activities

  • Prabha Atre has been teaching music, performing lecture-demonstrations, and writing on the topic of Indian classical music.
  • A former Assistant Producer with the All India Radio.
  • A’ Grade – All India Radio Drama Artist (Marathi and Hindi).
  • Main female role in Professional Musical Dramas.(Sangeet Natak and Sangeetika)
  • She has been a visiting professor at a few institutions in the West, including the Rotterdam Conservatory in the Netherlands. Visiting Professor at the Music conservatory –Montreux Switzerland, Visiting Professor at the University of California, Los Angeles, Indo-American Fellowship for studying research materials used in Ethnomusicology at theUniversity of CaliforniaLos Angeles, Visiting Professor at the University of CalgaryAlbertaCanada.
  • Appointment as `Special Executive Magistrate’ by the Government of Maharashtra in recognition of services to the cause of Music
  • Professor and Head of the Dept. of Music, S.N.D.T. Woman’s University, Mumbai.
  • Around 1992, Prabha started an annual Pandit Sureshbabu Mane and Hirabai Badodekar Sangeet Sammelan music festival. The festival takes place annually in December inMumbai.
  • Chief Music Producer and Director for `Swarashree’ Recording Company since 1981
  • Member of the Advisory Panel of the Central Board of Film Censors, Mumbai 1984
  • President ‘Gaan Vardhan’ – a well-known music organisation, Pune, for the past 22 years.
  • ‘Dr. Prabha Atrre Foundation’ was registered in May 2000.
  • Prabha established some years ago Swaramayee Gurukul in Pune. This institution amalgamates traditional guru-shishya style of teaching music and contemporary classroom teaching.


Prabha has been giving private lessons to students since 1969. Her noted disciples includes Sarala Madhusudhan Desai, Ragini Chakravarthy, Asha Parasnis-Joshi, Padmini Rao, Veena Kulkarni, Chetana Banawat, Arati Thakur, Ashwini Modak and Shri. Atindra Sarvadikar.


In 1976, Prabha received the Acharya Atre Award for music. Jagatguru Shankaracharya conferred the title “Gaan-Prabha” on her. The Government of India conferred on her “Padma Shree” in 1990 and “Padma Bhushan” in 2002.The first four months of 2002 was very special for her, she received four awards, including the Padma Bhushan. She received aSangeet Natak Academy Award in 1991 as an appreciation for her outstanding role in enriching, preserving and popularizing the Indian art, music. The other prominent awards on her credit are Giants International Award, Rashtriya Kalidas samman, Tagore Akademi Ratna Award announced from the Sangeet Natak Akademi in 2011, Dinanath Mangeshkar award, Hafiz Ali Khan Award, Felicitation by Global Action Club International, Govind-Lakshmi award, Godavari Gaurav Puraskar, Dagar Gharana Award, Acharya Pandit Ram Narayan Foundation Award Mumbai, Ustad Faiyyaz Ahmed Khan Memorial Award (Kirana Gharana), ‘Kala-Shree 2002’, `P.L. Deshpande Bahuroopi Sanman’, Sangeet Sadhana Ratna Award, ‘Lifetime achievement’ award by the Pune University, Mahim Ratna Award by Shivsena Mumbai, Felicitation by the Mayor of Mumbai, Name included in national and international biographical works.

State government Award to her book Swarmayee.

From the year 2011 “Swarayoginee Dr. Prabha Atre Rashtriya Shaastreeya Sangeet Puraskar” instituted by Tatyasaheb Natu Trust and Gaanvardhan Pune.

  • Working as a committee member for several social, educational, cultural institutions.
  • Chairman of Rasta Peth Education Society – a leading educational association in Pune for the last 12 years.

External links

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Raga Bhageshree – Khayal Style…


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Hamburg: 5th INDIA WEEK 2013 – Disrespect of Women & Indian Narration (13th Sept)

Posted by ElJay Arem (IMC OnAir) on September 13, 2013

More see…

INDIA Week 2013 (7th-15th Sept) - see:

(Facebook page | Facebook Event page 2013)

Disrespect of Women… / An Indian Narration… 


(programme booklet / vollständiges Programmheft (DE/ENG) – PDF Download)


Frauenverachtung ist keine indische Spezialität
– Gewalt gegen Frauen als Entwicklungshemmnis / Deutschland – Indien – Weltweit

Das Thema Gewalt gegen Frauen hat auch in deutschen Medien großen Nachhall gefunden. Die Benachteiligung
von Frauen auf verschiedenen Ebenen lässt sich auch als eines der wesentlichen Entwicklungshemmnisse lesen.
Wir fragen, wo die Ursachen dieser gruppenbezogenen Gewalt in Indien zu suchen sind, werden die Stellung der
Frau in der indischen Gesellschaft zugleich aber auch in den globalen Kontext der Frauenrechtsbewegung einordnen
und die Rückfrage nach den Verhältnissen in Deutschland stellen. Referentinnen: Edda Kirleis (Religionspädagogin),
Karin Kluck (Religionspädagogin), Prof. Dr. Christa Randzio-Plath (Rechtsanwältin), Tongam Rina (Journalistin, Arunachal
Pradesh, Indien, derzeit Stipendiatin der Hamburger Stiftung für politisch Verfolgte).

Disrespect of Women is not an Indian Speciality
– Violence against women as an obstacle to development / Germany – India – Global

The issue of violence against women has been prominently discussed in German media. What are the deeper roots of
this phenomenon within the Indian society? We will not only look at the Indian context, but we will also put the situation
of women into the context of the strive for women`s rights globally as well as in Germany. Speakers: Edda Kirleis
(Religious Education), Karin Kluck (Religious Education), Prof. Dr. Christa Randzio-Plath (Lawyer), Tongam Rina (Journalist,
Arunachal Pradesh, India, stipendiary of Hamburger Stiftung für politisch Verfolgte).

13.09.2013 / 17:00-21:00 Uhr
Bildungsbereich Kirchenkreis HH-West/Südholstein
Evangelisch-Reformierte Kirche ERK
Ferdinandstraße 21 / 20095 Hamburg


 »Im Schatten des Hauses, in der Sonne des Flussufers«

Mit den Worten des Ausstellungstitels beginnt eine indische Erzählung, die seit Anfang des 20. Jh. die westliche
Vorstellung von Mythen und Spiritualität Indiens prägte. Für Generationen war die Dichtung Hermann Hesses eine
Maxime. George Harrison und die Beatles wandelten auf den Pfaden Siddharthas über den Subkontinent. Millionen
Jünger der »Love and Peace« – Generation sollten ihnen folgen.
Dieses Bild über Indien zeigt eine einseitig verzerrte, post-koloniale Vorstellung als Nachhall der Popkultur. Doch
so faszinierend die Kultur Indiens für die bildende Kunst von jeher war, so wenig verstehen wir heute von den aktuellen
Strömungen in der zeitgenössischen Kunst. Das Künstlerhaus FRISE wird im diesjährigen Artist-In-Residence-Programm
jungen Künstlern aus Indien die Gelegenheit bieten, uns einen frischen Blick auf Indiens Kunst zu schenken.

Ausstellungseröffnung: 13. Sept. – 20:00 Uhr

»In the shade of the house, in the sunshine of the riverbank«

The title of the exhibition is taken from the first lines of an Indian narration that influenced the Western notion about
myths and spirituality in India since the beginning of the 20th century. The poetry of Hermann Hesse was a maxim
for various generations. George Harrison and the Beatles walked over the subcontinent in the footsteps of Siddhartha
with millions of followers from the »Love and Peace« generation.
This image about India reflects a one-sided distorted, post-colonial perception evolving from the echoes of pop culture. As fascinating the culture of India has always been for the arts, as little we understand today about the current trends in contemporary arts. The Artist House FRISE allows a fresh view on India`s art scene in this year`s Artist-in-Residence program.

Exhibition Opening: 13 Sept. – 08:00 pm

FRISE, Künstlerhaus Hamburg e.V.
Arnoldstraße 26-30 / 22765 Hamburg


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Hamburg: 5th INDIA WEEK 2013 – Ghazal Songs / Fit for Patnership… Funding, Support & Cooperation (13th Sept)

Posted by ElJay Arem (IMC OnAir) on September 13, 2013

More see…

INDIA Week 2013 (7th-15th Sept) - see:

(Facebook page | Facebook Event page 2013)

Ghazal Songs… / Fit for Patnership (Funding, Support & Cooperation)… 


(programme booklet / vollständiges Programmheft (DE/ENG) – PDF Download)

Ghazal-Gesang und indische Instrumentalmusik

Ghazal besteht aus einer lieblichen, melancholischen Dichtung mit klassischen Melodien und voller poetischer
Eleganz. Der Ghazal hat nicht nur eine besondere Form, sondern meist auch nur ein Thema – die Liebe. Vor allem die
unerreichbare. Obwohl er zur klassischen Musik gehört, wird der Ghazal auch von vielen geschätzt, die mit den Feinheiten
der klassischen Musik Indiens noch nicht vertraut sind. Am 13. Sept. können Sie die Vielfalt des Ghazal im Hamburger
Völkerkundemuseum erleben: Die indischen Musiker Amit Chakraborty (Sänger der nordindischen Klassik), Ustad Hussein Baksh Gulu (zusammen mit seinen Söhnen Chand & Suraj Khan als Jugalbandi (Duet)), Ashgar Ali Khan und Akhbar Ali (Violine/Afghanistan) werden Sie mitnehmen in die Welt der traditionellen indischen Musik und des Ghazal. Die deutsch-indische Tänzerin Caroline Gebert-Khan wird dazu klassischen indischen Tanz aufführen.

Kosten: 12 € / 8 € ermäßigt / 10 € für Mitglieder der DIG
VVK ab 1.9.2013 im Museum

Ghazal Songs and Indian Instrumental Music

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Ghazal-Gesang-13092013-1 Ghazal is a sweet and melancholic arrangement of verses with a blend of classical delicacy and poetic grandeur. The Ghazal not only has a specific form, but traditionally deals with just one subject: love, specifically a furtive and  unattainable kind of love. Despite being a part of Indian classical music, Ghazal has been enjoyed by people who are not yet familiar with the classical nuances of Indian music. On 13 Sept., you can enjoy a night full of versatile sounds of
Ghazal in Museum of Ethnology in Hamburg. The Indian musicians Amit Chakraborty (vocalist of North Indian Classics), Ustad Hussein Baksh Gulu (together with his sons Chand & Suraj Khan as jugelbandi (duet)), Ashgar Ali Khan and Akhbar Ali (Violine/Afghanistan) will take you to the world of traditional Indian music, especially to the world of Ghazal. The German-Indian dancer Caroline Gebert-Khan will perform classical Indian dance.

Costs: 12 € / 8 € reduced / 10 € for members of the DIG
Advance ticket sales at the Museum from 1/9/2013

13.09.2013 / 19:00-21:30 Uhr
Hamburger Deutsch-Indische Gesellschaft e.V.
In Cooperation with Consulate General of India Hamburg
Museum für Völkerkunde
Rothenbaumchaussee 64 / 20148 Hamburg

Ustad Hussain Baksh Gulu on TV…


Fit für Partnerschaft – Förderungsmöglichkeiten für Bilaterale Kooperationen

Die Veranstaltung hat zwei Schwerpunkte: Zunächst stellt das Enterprise Europe Network Hamburg öffentliche Unterstützungs- und Fördermöglichkeiten für die Deutsch-Indische Zusammenarbeit von Unternehmen vor. Im Anschluss haben Sie die Möglichkeit, direkte Kooperationen mit möglichen indischen Geschäftspartnern auszuloten. Eine Delegation indischer Manager und Unternehmer ist auf Einladung des Bundesministeriums für Wirtschaft und Technologie (BMWi) in Deutschland, auch um deutsche Geschäftspartner zu finden. Diese Delegation nimmt ebenfalls am Workshop teil.

Sie können sich für B2B-Treffen anmelden oder interessante Diskussionen beim informellen Networking führen. Die Veranstaltung findet auf Englisch statt.

Fit for Partnership – Avenues for Funding, Support and Bilateral Cooperation

The event has two parts: First, Enterprise Europe Network Hamburg will present public support and funding opportunities
for German-Indian business cooperation. Afterwards, you will have the opportunity to discuss possible cooperation
directly with potential business partners. A delegation of Indian managers and entrepreneurs, coming to Germany on invitation of the Federal Ministry of Economics and Technology (BMWi) and looking for business partners, will also attend the workshop.

You can register for B2B Meetings in the afternoon or have interesting discussions in an informal networking setting. The workshop will be held in English.

13.09.2013 / 13:30-17:30 Uhr
HK Hamburg / GIRT /Enterprise Europe Network /
Cognos International GmbH
Handelskammer Hamburg / Elbezimmer
Adolphsplatz 1 / 20457 Hamburg


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Hamburg: 5th INDIA WEEK 2013 – Hinduism & Farming in Orissa (13th Sept)

Posted by ElJay Arem (IMC OnAir) on September 13, 2013

More see…

INDIA Week 2013 (7th-15th Sept) - see:

(Facebook page | Facebook Event page 2013)

Encounters with Hinduism… / Orissa’s Farmers between Flail and Smartphone… 

Programmheft-India-Week-07092013_37 Programmheft-India-Week-07092013_page-42

(programme booklet / vollständiges Programmheft (DE/ENG) – PDF Download) 


Begegnungen mit dem Hinduismus

Der Hinduismus bildet die größte Religionsgemeinschaft Indiens. Seine Wurzeln reichen etwa 4000 Jahre zurück und
er umfasst verschiedene Lehrrichtungen und eine vielgestaltige Götterwelt. Alte Weisheiten über die Einbettung
des Einzelnen im Kosmos treffen sich im Alltag mit bunten Festen, stillen Ritualen und dem Bemühen um gutes Karma.
Vor der kontemplativen Kulisse des Gartens gibt eine Indienerfahrene Referentin Einblicke in diese Religion. Doch
der Hinduismus ist nicht die einzige Religion, die in Indien praktiziert wird – dort leben auch zahlreiche Buddhisten,
Moslems, Christen und Menschen anderer Religionen. Daher bietet die igs 2013 auch Veranstaltungen zu anderen großen Weltreligionen an.

Bildungsangebot für Schüler der Klassen 7-13 / Berufsschule / FH / Uni.
Verbindliche Anmeldung unter
oder per Telefon +49 40 2263198131.
Encounters with Hinduism

Hinduism is the main religion in India. It dates back around 4000 years, contains different teachings and a pantheon
rich with gods and goddesses. Old wisdoms about the embedding of the human being in the cosmic context meet
colorful festivals, peaceful rituals and the constant efforts for good karma. In the contemplative setting of the garden,
an India expert will give insights into this religion. However Hinduism is not the only religion practiced in India – the
country is also home to Buddhists, Moslems, Christians and a huge array of other religious groups. Therefore, the
igs 2013 also offers workshops about other world religions.

Educational workshop for students (class 7-13), college and university students.
Register online at
or call +49 40 2263198131.

13.09.2013 / 09.30, 11.30, 14.00 Uhr
igs internationale gartenschau hamburg
Am Inselpark 1 / 21109 Hamburg

Veranstaltung auch am 30. Aug. / 27. Sept.
Event also on 30 Aug. / 27 Sept.


Orissas Bauern zwischen Dreschflegel und Smartphone

Im Kontext von Urbanisierung und Migration befindet sich die Landbevölkerung Ostindiens in einem kontroversen
Spagat aus Tradition und Moderne. Der Weg der indigenen Bevölkerung, der Adivasi, vom Land in die Stadt, vom
»Dreschflegel zum Smartphone«, kann für die ursprüngliche Kultur Indiens eine neue Perspektive, aber auch
Identitätsverlust bedeuten. Wo neue Medien, moderne Technologie und Wissenschaft dominieren, geraten indigene
Sprachen, traditionelle Tänze oder Traditionen ins Abseits.

Fragen zu Rechten und Perspektiven von Frauen, Bildung und Bauxitabbau in Orissa sollen in dieser Veranstaltung einen
Raum finden, um in einer Ausstellung mit Filmen, Bildern und Diskussionen gemeinsam thematisiert zu werden. Unter
der Organisation des »Zentrums für Mission und Ökumene – Nordkirche weltweit« werden ausgewählte Referenten aus
ihrer Perspektive von Praxis und Wissenschaft berichten.

Orissa´s Farmers between Flail and Smartphone

In the context of urbanization and migration, the rural population in Eastern India is in a controversial balancing act
between tradition and modernity. The path of the indigenous population, Adivasis, from rural to urban, from »flail to smartphone « can be a new perspective for the indigenous culture of India, but also a loss of identity. Where new media, modern technology and science dominate, indigenous languages, traditional dances or traditions fall behind.

Questions about rights and opportunities of women, education and bauxite mining in Orissa will find its space during this event, and will be examined in an exhibition of film, images and discussions. Organized by the »Evangelical Lutheran Church in Northern Germany – Centre for Global Ministries and Ecumenical Relations«, selected speakers will report on their perspective of practice, research and science.

13.09.2013 / 18.00 – 21.00 Uhr
Zentrum für Mission und Ökumene
BASCH Hamburg
Zentrum für Kirche, Kultur und Soziales
Wohldorfer Straße 30 / 22081 Hamburg


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