Ashwini Bhide-Deshpande | LIVE at the Black Box
Curated by: G5A Foundation for Contemporary Culture

G5A Foundation for Contemporary Culture invites you to LIVE at the Black Box – an evening of Hindustani Classical Music with Ashwini Bhide-Deshpande

About the Program

Immerse in an evening of riveting monsoon melodies with Ashwini Bhide-Deshpande, an outstanding vocalist of the famed “Jaipur-AtrauliKhayal Gayaki tradition of Hindustani Classical Music. The evening will unfold with classical khayals in different forms of Malhar and semi-classical kajris and jhoolas, in the nuanced voice of Ashwini, accompanied by Vishwananth Shirodkar on the tabla and Seema Shirodkar on the Harmonium.

Entry to the concert is free. To attend please RSVP to


About the Artists:

Ashwini Bhide-Deshpande

Ashwini represents the new generation of veterans, worthy of wearing the mantle of the old masters while also engaging in discourse through teaching and seminars with the young and uninitiated.

Born in a musical family, Ashwini completed “Sangeet Visharad” of the “Gandharva Mahavidyalaya” at the young age of 16. After grasping the rudiments of Hindustani Classical music under the late Pt. Narayanrao Datar, she imbibed the traditional aspects of stylized Jaipur Gayaki under the strict tutelage of her mother, mentor and Guru, Smt. Manik Bhide. She has also received invaluable guidance from her Guru the late Pt. Ratnakar Pai, a senior stalwart of the Gharana.

Although a classicist by temperament and training, Ashwini is equally at ease with lighter varieties like Thumri-Dadra and Bhajans/Abhangs. Add to this, her fluency in Sanskrit enriches her repertoire further by inclusion of stotras/stutis.

Ashwini has traveled extensively all over the globe participating in various prestigious music conferences and Sangeet Sammelans. Her live concerts have been acclaimed for the sheer presentation delight, as much as for the aesthetic and musical quality.

Ashwini's contribution to Hindustani classical vocal music has been acknowledged by way of awards and citations including the Sangeet Natak Akademy Award for the year 2014.


Vishwanath Shirodkar was initiated into tabla by Shree Suryakant Naik, and later on he received training from Pandit Vaibhav Nageshkar, Pandit Suresh Talwalkar and Pandit Nayan Ghosh. His knowledge of vocal music renders his recognition as one of the best accompanists of the younger generation.


Seema Shirodkar initially learned the harmonium from Shri Umesh Insulkar. Later, it was Pandit Tulsidas Borkar who groomed her as an accompanist and Late Shri Vishwanath Pendharkar who taught her the fine points of a solo performer.


The Black Box

  • We request you to bring warm clothes as it gets chilly inside the Black Box as temperatures need to be controlled at optimum levels as per technical requirements
  • Food, beverages and water are strictly prohibited inside the Black Box. Please do not carry them in your bags either
  • Seating is on a first-come, first-served basis
  • Please do come at least 15 minutes prior to the show and enjoy a good cup of coffee at PORT
  • No Late Entries will be allowed
  • Latecomers can only be allowed in at intermission or at an appropriate pause in the program and as per the instructions of the organizers