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CII-2013 Judges Panel



CII-2013 Audition-1 Judges

  • Hitesh Master
  • Minoo Purshottam
  • Richard Christian
  • Vaishali Dhande
  • Shivanad Bangar

CII-2013 Audition-2 Judges

  • Hitesh Master
  • Mani Majumdar
  • Richard Christian
  • Vaishali Dhande

CII-2013 Audition-3 Judges

  • Hitesh Master
  • Kalyan Pathak
  • Manjiri Vaishampayan
  • Mani Majumdar
  • Vaishali Dhande

CII-2013 Semi-final-1 Judges

  • Sharda ji
  • Hitesh Master
  • Kalyan Pathak

CII-2013 Semi-final-2 Judges

  • Sniti Mishra (SaReGaMaPa 2010 Sensation),
  • Hitesh Master
  • Kalyan Pathak

CII-2013 – Grand Finale

  • Pandit Ronu Majumdar (Grammy Awards Nominee)
  • Hitesh Master
  • Kalyan Pathak

Judges’ Profile



SNITI MISHRA (SAREGAMAPA – 2010 Sensation)

Classically trained Sniti Mishra burst on the national music scene through SaReGaMaPa Singing Superstar 2010. Audiences and judges alike were wowed by her haunting voice and her unique renditions of a wide variety of songs – from Sufiana and old Hindi film numbers to the new uptempo songs.

Industry experts including A.R. Rehman, Mahesh Bhatt, Vishal Bhardwaj, Sanjay Leela Bhansali commented after her performances that they had not heard a “voice and style” as “original” as Sniti’s in a very long time.

At the live Grand Finale show, Sniti won the “remarkable voice of the series” award. Commentators and guests on TV likened the quality of her voice to those of Janis Joplin and Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan.

Sniti holds a Visharad (degree in Hindustani Classical) from the Gandharva Mahavidyalaya, Mumbai and continues to pursue her training in Hindustani classical music even as she completes her MBA in Finance.

Her goal is to deepen her classical training and to lead the younger generation of listeners in India and abroad to appreciate the wide range of music the South Asian subcontinent has produced.


HITESH MASTER

His gifted talent for music has been passed on from generations, going far back to 1417 when his forefathers were designated royal singers in the Rajvi Parivar. He was also associated in Bollywood for 12 years working with Shankar Jaikishan Duo one of the greatest musicians in the Indian film Industries during the Golden Era of Bollywood. Hitesh Master is now based in Chicago,IL teaching and performing music and has the most popular Orchestra Band in Chicago called Saregama Orchestra which has played music for many visiting Bollywood artistes from India such as Suresh Wadkar, Mahendra Kapoor, Manhar Udhas and Kavita Krishnamoorthy to name a few. He was the selecting Judge for Auditions of SAREGAMPA USA in Chicago.


RICHARD CHRISTIAN

A very very talented Tabla player and Rythmist, who has been performing for the last 20 years with diffrent groups. He has had the honor of performing with well known music directors of bollywood such as Ravindra jain and Bappi Laheri. He has also performed with playback singers like Vinod Rathod, Sonu nigam,Shsabbir kumar, Mohmad aziz, Nitin mukesh, Suresh wadekar, Manahar udhas, and kavita krishna murhty


VAISHANLI DHANDE

Mrs. Vaishali Dhande is founder and director of Yashasree Academy. She has performed across India and US. Mrs. Vaishali is a disciple of late Pandit Puranik from Kirana Gharana, and Pravin Shubhangi Raverkar. She has performed on All India Radio and also trained in music composition under veteran singer and music director Yashwant Dev.

She is committed to promote the Hindustani Classical music and provides an opportunity for the community to learn and experience the Hindustani Classical music.

Mrs. Vaishali holds Sangeet Visharad degree in vocal as well as Harmonium. She currently teaches Hindustani Classical vocal and Harmonium.


SHIVANAND BANGAR

A very well know artiste in Chicago who has many years of experience in rhythm section. He started his career in 1971 as a percussionist and has played in Bollywood until until 1995. He has played with many Bollywood legendry singers and Music directors such as Hemant Kumar, Khayyam, Salil Chaudhari, Madan Mohan. He has also played an instrument called Nepali Madal in the original recordings in the movies Kabhi Kabhi and Umrao Jaan.


MINOO PURSHOTTAM

Minoo Purushottam, - entered the film world at a tender age of sixteen. Minoo took her first lesson in Classical Vocal Music from Pandit Laxman Prasad Jaipurwalle, a well-known personality in the world of classical music. Born in an agriculturist family of Patiala (Punjab), she acquired Bisharad (Bachelor of Arts degree) in music from Bombay, India.

She was introduced into Film Music by Sri Sahir Ludhianvi, and well known music director Sri Roshan. Minooji made her debut in the movie 'Taj Mahal' which is one of the top musical films of India. Since then she has sung in many Films of several Music Directors namely, Laxmikant Pyarelal (Kranti & Daag), S. D. Burman (Baat Ek Raat Ki), O. P. Nayyar (Yeh Raat Phir Naa Aayegee), Bappi Lahiri (Arman), Jaidev (Do Boond Paani, Prem Parbat, Andolan), Ravindra Jain, Sonik Omi, Madan Mohan (Heer Ranjha, Ghazal).

Minoo has contributed a lot to the music field by giving public performances not only in India, but also abroad with Mohammed Rafi, Manna Dey, Mahendra Kapoor, Talat Mehmood, Mukesh. Minoo is a tremendous Ghazal artist of her own style.


KALYAN PATHAK

Kalyan Pathak is a composer, musician, drummer and a percussion player of a multi cultural experience and global professional achievements. He is a musician in Bollywood Films for western drumset, for Lakshmikant Pyarelal Orchestra, where Kalyan played for over 30 blockbuster movies for songs and sound tracks, including films of Amitabh Bachchan, Sri Devi, Govinda, to name a few. He has performed and toured with many international artists in many national tours, as well as touring in Europe and Brazil in many Jazz and Fusion Music Concerts with world renouned artists. He has a Bachelor of Music, Jazz Studies, Performance, at the Chicago Musical College of Roosevelt University, Graduated with Honors, Chicago, with training in Jazz Drumset, and Orchestral Percussion.


MANI MAJUMDAR

Smt. Mani Majumdar, a resident of Chicago for over 25 years, has been learning music since the age of three. She started her vocal Hindustani Classical training from Pundit Tansen Pandey in Calcutta and continued it with Dr. Amiya Ranjan Banerjee of the Vishnupur Gharana.

At age five, she won first prize in Khayal in an All India Competition held in Bihar, where there were no categories for age. She also received a two-year National Merit Scholarship from the Indian Government. She received her Master's degree from the famed Rabindra Bharati University and was awarded the President of India Music Award (presented by Dr. Radhakrishnan) for scoring the highest grades in all three categories: Khayal, Dhrupad, and Thumri - a record yet to be broken!

She was a regular artiste in All India Radio as well as an invited artiste of All India Radio for their traveling concert series. She has also performed in the National Program held in New Delhi. She has performed in concerts with Ali Akbar Khan, Bhimsen Joshi, Sunanda Patnaik, to name a few and has also given concerts throughout the States and abroad.

Mrs. Majumdar has been teaching Hindustani Classical (Vocal) and Bhajans in the Chicago area in her school, Manjusha Sangeet Academy. Many of her students are now accomplished singers.


MANJIRI VAISHAMPAYAN

Mrs. Manjiri Vaishampayan is an accomplished and well-known vocal artist in Hindustani (North Indian) classical music of the Jaipur gharana. She has undertaken very extensive and rigorous vocal training in Jaipur Atroli Gharana from her guru, the legendary Pandita Smt. Dhondutai Kulkarni. Smt. Dhondutai is the only disciple of Pandita Surshri Kesarbai Kerkar, one of the senior-most, respected artists in the field. Manjiri’s classical vocal learning for more than two decades has been in typical Guru-Shishya tradition. Manjiri has been awarded the prestigious “Sur Mani” award by Sur Singar Sansad in India. Using her melodious voice, Manjiri presents various pure Raagas and Jod Raagas (mixture of two or more ragas). She also renders performances in semi-classical like thumari, hori, dadara, and bhajans.

She is the founder and director of “Swara Sadhana Music Academy”. She lives in northwest suburbs of Chicago and teaches Hindustani classical vocal music. Her students have won various awards at many competitions and talent shows. She performed in BMM Chicago convention as well as in multiple Universities in USA.


SNITI MISHRA

Classically trained Sniti Mishra burst on the national music scene through SaReGaMaPa Singing Superstar 2010. Audiences and judges alike were wowed by her haunting voice and her unique renditions of a wide variety of songs – from Sufiana and old Hindi film numbers to the new uptempo songs.

Industry experts including A.R. Rehman, Mahesh Bhatt, Vishal Bhardwaj, Sanjay Leela Bhansali commented after her performances that they had not heard a “voice and style” as “original” as Sniti’s in a very long time.

At the live Grand Finale show, Sniti won the “remarkable voice of the series” award. Commentators and guests on TV likened the quality of her voice to those of Janis Joplin and Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan.

Sniti holds a Visharad (degree in Hindustani Classical) from the Gandharva Mahavidyalaya, Mumbai and continues to pursue her training in Hindustani classical music even as she completes her MBA in Finance.

Her goal is to deepen her classical training and to lead the younger generation of listeners in India and abroad to appreciate the wide range of music the South Asian subcontinent has produced.


SHARDA

Sharda Rajan Iyengar known to everyone as Sharda is a playback singer in Bollywood Hindi films in the 1960s and 70s. She won the Filmfare Award for Best Female Playback Singer for the cabaret "Baat Zara Hai Aapas Ki" in Jahan Pyar Miley (1970), though she is most remembered for her song "Titli Udi" in Suraj (1966). She got her first big break in Bollywood with the song "Titli Udi" in Suraj (1966). She was promoted by Shankar of the Shankar Jaikishan duo.

"Titli udi" turned out to be a top chartbuster. Sharda was nominated 4 years in a row (1968–71) for best female playback singer and won another Filmfare award. In a short span Sharda won 2 Filmfare awards, when the Mangeshkar Sisters were dominating. Thereafter she continued singing for Shankar in nearly all of his films until his death. Her voice was last heard in Kaanch Ki Deewar (1986).

She sang with most of the top singers like Mohd Rafi, Asha Bhosle, Kishore Kumar, Yesudas, Mukesh and Suman Kalyanpur. She lent her voice to leading ladies of the time like Vyjayanthimala, Saira Banu, Hema Malini, Sharmila Tagore, Mumtaz, Rekha and Helen. Besides Shankar she recorded songs with Usha Khanna, Ravi, Dattaram, Iqbal Qureshi and a few others. She was the first Indian female singer to cut her own pop album in India, called Sizzlers in 1971 which was launched by HMV.

In 2007, she released the album Andaaz – e – Bayan Aur, featuring her own compositions based on Mirza Ghalib's ghazals, a musical form from Turkey.


Semi-finals & G. Finale

1st Semi-final - Aug. 4th 2013 - Waterford, Elmhurst, IL
2nd Semi-final - Aug. 25th 2013 - Ashyana, Downers Grove, IL
Grand Finale - Sept. 21st 2013 - Meadows Club, Rolling Meadows, IL
* Age Groups: 6-12, 13-30, 31+

* Categories: Solo (M/F), Duet, Group

* Grand Cash Prize for CII-2013

* Cash Prizes for all Categories

* CII-2013 Trophies for all Participants

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