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Profile of Smt. Shampa Pakrashi

Smt. Shampa Pakrashi is an accomplished vocalist of Hindustani Classical Music. She began her career in the prestigious Bhatkhande University of Lucknow and completed her Masters in Music with honours from the same. Having secured a scholarship at Bhatkhande University she had the privilege of training under the venerable guidance of the Late Pandit Govind Narayan Natu of Gwaloir Gharana and since the past several decades she has been under the able tutelage of Pandit Askaran Sharma.

Her varied training has bestowed upon her a unique style of singing and an aesthetic sense that has brought her recognition and many awards at a young age. Besides her expertise in Khayal gayaki she also excels in semi-classical forms such as Thumri, Tappa, Rasiya, Hori and Kajri. She has delighted audiences and critics alike with her performances and the Sangeet Natak Academy of Uttar Pradesh has conferred the award of Best Youth Classical Singer twice.

Smt. Shampa is a graded All India Radio Artiste and has also spent a few years as a dedicated teacher at Sangeet Shikshapeeth of Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan, Mumbai. She has a bright academic background as well and holds a Masters degree in Philosophy with honours from Lucknow University.

In 1989 she was unanimously hailed as “Sur Mani” by Sur Singar Samsad. She has also given concerts at other prestigious sammelans and concerts such as:

Swami Haridas sammelan
Sujan Foundation
Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan Varshikotsav
Swar Sadhna
Indian Music Group
Pandit Askaran Sharma Shatabdi Purti Samaroh
Pannababu Smruti Utsav
Nehru Centre
Mysore association mumbia
Kala Bharati, Karnatak Sangh
Thane- Kalwa Sangeet Premi Mandal
Kalyan Gayan Samaj
Rahimtullah Dharwad Conference
Sri Chitra Dance and Music Festival, Trivandrum
Abhinav Kala Samaj, Indore
Rangswara- Y.B. Chavan Centre
Dadar Matunga Cultural Centre
An Introduction to Thumri and Dadra- Singapore

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