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The human spirit is indefatigable it triumphs over all odds! Hindustani classical vocalist Kiran Kamath is a shining example of the conquest of mind over body. He pursued his passion for music undeterred by his lack of sight, with a relentless dedication.

By Vijaya Sukumar (Contributor)

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Published: Fri 31 Mar 2006, 12:19 PM

Last updated: Sat 4 Apr 2015, 4:46 PM

Born without physical sight, this gifted artist has made a place for himself in the field of Hindustani classical music.

Recognising their child's gift for music, Kiran Kamath's parents encouraged his desire to learn music from the age of 7. Not letting Kiran's disability bog down their spirits they instead let his love for music blossom and grow. "I could not play with other friends due to my visual problems. I used to listen to old film songs and my parents encouraged my love for music. I started learning Hindustani Classical at the age of 7."

Unaware that music held the key to his future, Kiran set forth on the journey, which was to later win him many accolades. Kiran did his Bachelors and Masters in Fine Arts from Mumbai University. Therafter he completed his Sangeet Visharath, from Akhil Bharatiya Gandharva Mahavidyalaya, Miraj. Today he is an accomplished professional vocalist and teacher. A big fan of the stalwart Bhimsen Joshi, whose footsteps he follows, Kiran has enthralled many a music lover with his vocal prowess.

An All India Radio and Doordarshan approved artist Kiran's repertoire consists of classical, semi classical, folk and religious music. "I like all forms of music but am mainly proficient in singing khayals, thumris, dadras, natyasangeet, bhajans and abhangs." He sings in different languages like Hindi, Marathi and Kannada and has also learned Bengali to sing songs of Kazi Nazrul Islam."

Besides performances Kiran finds great pleasure in teaching music. He teaches in Chembur Fine Arts, Mumbai and also takes private tuitions. "Teaching music is a pleasure for me, it gives me satisfaction. Both performing and teaching are challenging to me. By performing people can recognise my art and listen to me and by teaching I feel I can impart my knowledge to others." Kiran feels that programmes like Sa Re Ga Ma Pa and Indian Idol motivate youngsters to learn classical music. "Students feel that by learning classical they can shift to any form. Classical is the mother for all forms of music."

Whilst having many students, Kiran himself continues learning music from Pandit A. K. Abhyankar of Kirana Gharana.

His love and dedication for music have won him many an award such as the All India Post Cultural Meet Rolling Trophy, National Scholarship Award from Ministry of Human Resource and Development and Amrit Mahotsav Award. Recognition and awards fill him with renewed vigour, "Awards are really motivating. It gives me a boost to go further and learn something more about the subject in my life."

Kiran Kamath is all set to captivate Dubai audiences with his scintillating performance in a concert, organised by Sur Hindol, on March 31, at 10.30 am at the Indian Consulate, Dubai.



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