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Sawani Shende Sathaye

Sawani Shende, a disciple of the well-known classical singer of international repute Smt. Veena Sahasrabuddhe was born on 18th August 1979. At the tender age of six, she was initiated into classical music by her grandmother Smt. Kusum Shende, herself a noted singer – actress of the Kirana Gharana.

Sawani made her debut at the age of ten to celebrate her grandmother’s birthday. On her 13th birthday, on the last day of the Pandit Vishnu Digamber Jayanti Samaroh held at the Kamani Hall, New Delhi she enthralled the audience with her Miyan Ki Todi and the media showering praise, acknowledged the arrival of a new talent.

She has received numerous awards from the age of 15 – such as Swaronmesh Puraskar, Pandit Jasraj Gaurav Puraskar, Rasikagrami Pandit Dattopant Deshpande Memorial Award and the National Cultural Talent Search scholarship. She has travelled extensively and has several excellent CD’s to her credit.

Her music combines the melody of the Kirana and the dignity and strength of the Gwalior Gharana.