Asha Khadilkar

Asha Khadilkar

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Asha Khadilkar Profile

  • Name:
  • Asha Khadilkar
  • Born:
  • January 11, 1955
  • Spouse:
  • Madhav Khadilkar

Asha Khadilkar Biography

Asha Khadilkar is a famous Indian vocalist who sings Hindustani classical music, semi classical and devotional music including Natya Sangeet. In 2008, she has been one among the celebrity judges for the Marathi vocal singing competition show, Idea Sa Re Ga Ma Pa. She has received numerous honours including Padmashree Manik Verma Award, Pandit Kumar Gandharva Award and Sangeet Shiromani Award at Banaras. She has also received "Best Music Composer in Marathi Theatre" award given by the government of Maharashtra and has been awarded for her contribution to semi-classical music by the government of Maharashtra Cultural Wing.


Asha was born in Sangli, Maharashtra in the year 1955. Late Shri. Balkrishnabuva Mohite was her first guru in Hindustani music. She gave her first stage performance at the age of 13. She got married to Madhav Khadilkar and moved to Mumbai in 1975. Later she got guidance from Padmashree Manik Varma. She has also learnt from Yashwantbuwa Joshi of Gwalior Gharana, Vasantrao Deshpande and Jitendra Abhisheki. As a result she adapted the flavours of different gharanas like Gwalior, Kirana and Agra. She has good command over Marathi traditional music called Natya Sangeet, Bhajans and Bhav geet. She has been awarded with "Swar-Ratna" Award by Marathi TV channel "Sahyadree" and Government of Maharashtra gave her a felicitation on International Women's Day.


She has also done music direction using her creativity. She has composed music for two Marathi musical plays – Sangeet Aradhana and sangeet Kaviraj Jaydev. She has also presented a few theme based concerts. Aside her husband, Asha is looking after a music trust – Uttung Sanskrutik Pariwaar since 1994. Uttung Puruskar is being given every year to recognize talents in art. This organization also provides a solid platform for students to learn music, drama and dance forms.

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Updated: February 25, 2014


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