Deepal Chodhari

Acclaimed as a Sangeet Visharad from Bhatkhande University via Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan (Mumbai), Deepal Chodhari has been pursuing the santoor since the past 20 + years from her guruji, Shri Dineshkumar Sampat (immediate disciple of Shri Kartik Kumar). With the blessings of her guruji, she pursues the santoor with a style evolved out of gayaki (vocal), gatkari (instrumental technique) and layakari (rhythmic improvisation). Currently, Deepal is also pursuing advanced Santoor studies under the guidance of the legendary santoor maestro  Pandit Shivkumar Sharma’s senior disciple, Shri Dilip Kale.

Her raga renderings on the santoor have a consistent clarity of tone & vigor. The style of music compositions have been passed on from her guruji through Maihar gharana. Her solid foundation in Hindustani classical music also brings soulful emotions on the santoor with melodious patterns and gats. She mastered the intricacies of the santoor in bridge setting, string setting, tuning, and using a combination of strings in the right gauges to bring the best quality of sound.

Gifted as a vocalist and an instrumentalist, she underwent vocal training during her Sangeet Visharad from Smt. Shashikala Kaikini at Bhartiya Vidya Bhavan and thereafter with Smt. Mitali Banerjee Bhawmik.

Deepal has been honored by State level awards and has been felicitated from several renowned cultural organizations in India and New Jersey. She has attained the New Jersey Folk Art Apprenticeship Award and has also performed on National Television in India with her Guruji Shree Dinesh Kumar Sampat. She recently directed an instrumental ensemble with close to 30 instrumentalists, both western and Indian, to create a fusion of an Indian composition.

Back in India, she has won exquisite inter collegiate and state competitions at Malhar (St. Xavier’s College), Kaleidoscope (Sophia College), University of Mumbai and many more.

Deepal has performed successfully at various cultural organizations in India & USA including Marathi Vishwa (USA), Princeton University (USA), Raag Rang (USA), Chhandayan (USA), Ragas Live Festival, Brooklyn Raga Massive, Chinmaya Mission, Kalol (USA), IIT Pavai (Mumbai), Bharitya Vidya Bhuvan (Mumbai), St. Xaviers College (Mumbai), University of Mumbai, Sophia College (Mumbai) and many more.

Last year, her article was published in the New Jersey newspaper claiming her to be the only female Santoor teacher in the tri-state area in preserving the rich heritage of one of the oldest instruments of India- the Santoor. Her students have accolades and prizes in acclaimed Hindustani Classical music events and competitions. She trains students for curriculum based learning for Akhil Bharatiya Gandharva Mahavidyalaya Mandal and SAMVED certification exams.