Keerti Kumar Badseshi
At the age of 5,he hid from his father –because he wanted to play the harmonium and sing. He was forbidden to touch the instrument, lest he spoil it!
At the same age he from home to avoid his music teacher and have a game of cricket with his friends. He had to be found, and forced back in to sing. It was his first music competition and he won the first prize.
Meet Keerti Kumar Badseshi, the young musician who has already won several accolades and earned rave reviews from fans and critics. This B.Sc. (Electronics) graduate found his true calling in music and today, he specialises in Khayal Gayaki and Bhajans in – Hindi, Kannada and Marathi. In 1992, when Pt.Vinayak Torvi at Keerti Kumar’s house in Gulbarga, he heard Keerti’s recordings. Thereafter, Torviji suggested taking Keerti under his tutelage. With the blessings and able guidance of his Guru, Pandit Vinayak Torvi, Keerti is also imbibing the Kirana and Gwalior style of singing.
Born on the auspicious day of "Bali Padyami" - 1970, in a music patronising family, Keerti had his initial training from Sri Ramachari Jalihal and Smt.Geeta Gayatri Chakravarthy of Gulbarga. He began his career as a Hindustani Vocalist at the tender age of five, performing in various parts of Karnataka and Andhra Pradesh.
He was twelve, when he had the honour of singing before Ustad Gulam Mustafa Khan, the renowned vocalist .At the end of the performance, Ustadji thrust his hand into his pocket and pulling out all the money there presented it to Keerti, with the words "is paise se doodh peyo aur gaate raho" (Drink milk with this money and keep on singing). Ustadji had obviously recognised young Keerti’s potential.
Ustadji was not the only one, everyone who heard young Keerti sing, predicted a bright future for the lad.
Initially at the School level and then at College, District and State level competitions, this unassuming youngster made an indelible mark in the hearts of the audience and the seasoned ears of the judges. Award after Awards came his way, and after each, he strived to conquer even greater heights. Some awards of note are:
What Keerti cherishes most are the opportunities he has been given to participate in various festivals and cultural events. A well – known voice in the Hyderabad-Karnataka region, he has to his credit several performances in festivals conducted by the Government and Non-Government organisations.
He has also participated in the Youth Festival organised by the South Zone Cultural Centre, Tanjayur and Karnataka University, Dharwad. Besides, he has been given the honour of representing Gulbarga District at the prestigious Mysore Dusshera Festival, 1981. He was also the Cultural Representative of Gulbarga University (N.V. Degree College), at the National Integration Camp, jointly orgainsed by the Dept. of Youth Affairs and Sports, Govt. of India; and the Ravishankar University, Raipur (Madhya Pradesh) –1991.
In recognition of his proficiency and to encourage his budding talent the Karnataka Sangeeta Nritya Academy, Bangalore, awarded him scholarship in 1989-92.
At present, Keerti is honoured to be receiving the Central Government Scholarship for Hindustani Classical Music, sponsored by the Ministry of Human Resources Development, Govt. of India.
Keerti is a graded artiste of AIR and Doordarshan and performs often for various radio and television programmes. He was chosen as the playback singer for a Hindi documentary serial "Kotta", directed by the noted writer Sri B.V.Karanth. Besides, his voice pleased the audience of "Vachana Vaibhava", a Kannada TV serial. Keerti also has a cassette of Kannada Bhajans "Dasa-Rasaranga" to his credit and it has been well received by music lovers.
Keeping the Tradition alive:
Keerti believes in giving back to music all that music has given him. He has several students, ranging in age from 6 to 60. He is also working as a music faculty, Vidya Niketan School, Bangalore.
"Keerti Kumar Badseshi, a performer and tutor who has built a reliable reputation for consistency in both, gave a rollicking start to the festival, presenting Khayal each in Bhoop and Bhinnashadj. As he intoned the first strains in Bhoop itself, one could see that his voice, talent and manner suggest a fine future. As keerti proceeded with the bhadat, the taans seemed to flow with the resonant exactitude. The musical idiom in Bhinnashadj, was as effusive…"
-Sri S.N.Chandrashekhar, Indian Express, August 24, 1996.
"He developed Bhoop systematically and sang Bhinnashadj effectively – Undoubtedly, he has a bright future"
-Mysore V. Subramanya, Deccan Herald, September 8, 1996.
"Keerti Badseshi explored the brooding paths of Todi right from the mandra saptak to build an engaging edifice of melody and charm. The descent… won the hearts of a sizable number of his fans"
-S.N.Chandrashekhar, Indian Express, September 14, 1996.
"…Keerti kumar Badseshi … rendered his programme, starting with Maru Bihag. His clear accent and deep involvement proved Badseshi to be one of the promising Hindustani musicians of the future. He won the hearts of music lovers with raag Puria Dhanashree and then presented a few Dasarapadagalu (Kannada Bhajans)."
--Sujatha Ummarabba, Deccan Herald, October 19, 1996.
" I congratulate you on your ability to groom disciples of Keerti’s Caliber. He sounds equally good as a teacher, because I watched him at a teaching session with two little grand daughters of my brother-in-law. Please convey my best wishes to Keerti. "
-Mohan Nadkarni in a letter to Pt Vinayak Torvi ,January 20 , 1998.
Keerti Kumar Badseshi
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