"Music is a progressive phenomenon that grows with life. With experimentation, newer dimensions of the art naturally emerge," says classical violin maestro, Anupriya Deotale. Substantiating her theory with an example, she continues, "For instance, the age-old belief about vocal music being more versatile than instrumental music has been proved wrong by the growing popularity of the latter."
In Chandigarh for a series of concerts and lecture demonstrations organised by Spic Macay, Anupriya talks about her fulltime profession, her passion - music.
Born and brought up in Indore, Anupriya took to classical vocal music at an early age, until she realised that it were the strings of the violin that stirred her soul.
"It was visionary Guru Pandit Ram Narayan, the Sarangi maestro, who awakened my abilities and nourished my talent," says Anupriya, while adding, "I was lucky to be in the tutelage of four great gurus - Ustad Amjad Ali Khan, Pandit Ram Naryanan, Ustad Shahid Parvez and Mukesh Sharma - everyone with their professional excellence in different instruments, which helped me become a creative musician."
As of today, Anupriya is acknowledged as one of the most outstanding classical north Indian violin artistes. On the lines of fusion, Anupriya has a unique style of her own, which she blends with vocal rendering (gayaki) and instrumental rhythmic patterns (tantarkari).
"My first performances ever were at Ujjain in India, and Japan on the foreign circuit. Now, I have performed in more than 40 countries, cultivating an environment of preserving and promoting Indian classical music," concludes Anupriya, with a sense of pride.