Presently head of 65 Years Old Violin Vadan Vidyalaya Chief Organizer of Swarazankar Music Festival ( 2 or 3 day Classical Music Festivals) at more than 25 Cities across India.
Atulkumar Upadhye, an ardent violinist - belongs to the revered Pandit Bhaskarbuwa Bakhale Gharana where his talent as a spirited musician was nourished. Drawing inspiration from his father and guru, Prof. Balkrishna Upadhye, a noted violinist himself, Atulkumar’s style represents a unique blend of Indian as well as Western technique that of Pandit Shridhar Parsekar and doyen Dr.Yehudi Menuhin. He has developed a unique style of violin playing which blends Gayaki Aang and Tantkari Tantra techniques which has helped in establishing violin as a complete solo-playing instrument in Indian music.
Atulkumar has to his credit, many National level awards and accolades including the prestigious President’s Award of All India Radio. The well-known institution Sur Singar conferred on him Surmani. He has performed solo recitals for All India Radio and Doordarshan on many occasions. He has performed in prestigious music conferences all over the world including the famous Sawai Gandharva Music Festival in Pune, Swarazankar Music Festival all over Maharashtra and India, Tansen Samaroh Gwalior, Saptal Festival Ahmedabad, Ustad Alladiya Khan Festival Mumbai, Jitendra Abhisheki Mahotsav in Goa and Nasik, Shankar Darbar Festival in Nanded ,etc to name a few.
Atulkumar, currently heads one of the oldest violin institutes in India having a 60 years glorious tradition. He is also a founder of the “Swarazankar” and “Centre for promotion of music” ,which is praised and has made a big name in the music society in India. Many of his disciples are recognized as performing artists and have won National awards too. His recognition as a teacher par excellence and Guru at the Lalit Kala Kendra of Pune University enhanced his stature as a master musician. He is also well known for his jugalbandi with Shehnai, Bansuri, Sarod, Mohan veena and Sitar. Recently his performances with Sitar maestro Ustad Shahid Parvez , Mohan Veena maestro Pt Vishwa Mohan Bhatt and renowned Shehnai player Pandit Daya Shanker were well acclaimed all over the world. His Fusion concert with Percussion Maestro SIVAMANI is another famous ccombination. Atulkumar carried the fragrance of Hindustani music to U.S.A, U.K, Switzerland, France, Germany, Holland, Belgium, Italy, and other European countries and gave a memorable rendition winning all-round cheer and applause and hence is a regular foreign visitor.
Atulkumar is known for his versatility, technical brilliance, mature presentation and improvisation, which reflects a deep understanding of the subtle nuances of Hindustani Classical music. Music lovers can look forward to exhilarating and melodious performances by this accomplished violinist.
- Performing for last 50 Years
- Teaching Violin for last 40 Years
- Having a following all over the World