Known for his captivating performances and an authentic, traditionally rich approach towards raga-exposition and gayaki, Samarth Nagarkar is described by critics as one of today’s foremost torchbearers of Indian classical vocal traditions.
After years of rigorous training under Pandit Ulhas Kashalkar, he graduated as Grade A scholar of the ITC Sangeet Research Academy, Kolkata in 2009. Prior to this, he trained under Pt. Dinkar Kaikini in Mumbai. By virtue of this intense and extensive guru-shishya parampara training Samarth’s performance repertoire encompasses styles, ragas and compositions of three prominent gharanas – Gwalior, Agra and Jaipur.
He has performed in several noted venues and concert platforms in India and the USA such as the ITC Sangeet Sammelan, Bangalore, Habitat Center, Delhi, N.C.P.A., Mumbai, The Ali Akbar College of Music, California, Basant Bahar, California, The Chhandayan All-Night Music Conference, New York and Universities such as Stanford, Indiana, UT Southwestern, UPenn and PSU. He also performed at the ‘Ragas Live Festival’ – a historic 24 hour marathon Indian classical music program by American radio channel WKCR FM broadcast.
Most Notable among the awards and accolades he received is the President’s Award for 1st prize in the All India Radio National Music Competition, 2000. The Ministry of Culture, Govt. of India awarded him a Fellowship in 2009.
A former head of K. K. Kapoor Sangeet Research Academy, Lucknow, Samarth is also known for his articulate and comprehensive lecture-demonstration and interactive workshops on Indian Music. Currently based in New York, apart from pursuing an active performance schedule, he also teaches vocal music at a few reputed music schools in New York.