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Deepal Sanghvi Chodhari

Santoor Teacher and Performer

Plainsboro, United States

Acclaimed as a Sangeet Visharad from Bhatkhande Music Institute via Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan (Mumbai), Deepal 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 performs the santoor with a style evolved out of gayaki (vocal), gatkari (instrumental technique) and layakari (rhythmic improvisation).
Deepal's 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.

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Santoor Teacher & Performer

100Strings  |  United States

May, 2001 - Present

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 DineshKumar Sampat.
Last year, her article was published in the newspaper claiming her to be the only Santoor teacher in in the tri-state area in preserving the rich heritage of one of the oldest instruments of India- the Santoor. She trains students to appear for the Gandharva Mahavidyalaya & Samved (Madhyam) Examination boards. Some of her students also perform for cultural organizations.
Deepal has performed successfully at various cultural organizations in India & USA including Marathi Vishwa (USA), Princeton University (USA), Raag Rang (USA), Chhandayan (USA), Kalol(USA), IIT Pavai (Mumbai), Bharitya Vidya Bhuvan (Mumbai), St Xaviers College (Mumbai), Sophia College(Mumbai) and many more.

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Bachelor's Degree- Hindustani Classical Music

Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan's Sangeet Nartan Shiksha Pe-India

Mumbai, India

1993 - 1999 (6 year)

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