Late Pt. Keshav Talegaonker – Vocal and Tabla teacher in Hindi (हिन्दी में गायन और तबका शिक्षक)

(With a very heavy heart we inform that Pt. Keshav ji passed away on 12 Oct 2020 at Agra)

Pt. Keshav is an eminent Hindustani Classical Music Vocal artist who started his initial training in Vocal music from his father late Pt. Raghunath Talegaonker a great exponent of Gwalior Gharana and a renowned musician late Bhishmdev Bedi.

He learned Tabla from Shri. Surendra Mohan Chaturvedi, late Faqeer Chand Ji and late Pt. Ram Swaroop Banarasi. He received advance training in Tabla from an eminent Tabla and Pakhawaj Maestro of Gwalior Gharana Ustaad lalloo Singh Ji (Nephew of Ustaad Madhav Singh Ji of Kudau Singh Gharana). He learned intricacies of Tabla playing techniques from late Ustaad Kareem Khan Saheb of Ajrada Gharana.

He introduced rare innovations in Guitar and plays classical music on slide guitar and creates unprecedented effective sensations and emotions through the imaginative techniques. His guitar playing specializes in creating new variation such as Gamak, Meed and Ghaseet in raagas. His inspiration comes from his father late Pt. Raghunath Ji and an eminent Vichitra Veena Player late Brahm Swarup Singh Ji. His Slide Guitar is specially adopted for classical use with its 19 Strings, 11 Tarab (Strings with 2 chikari and 6 main strings).

Pt. Keshav’s Vocal and Guitar recital are regularly broadcasted by A.I.R. Some of his programs have been telecasted from Lucknow Doordarshan from time to time.

He has been working as a Reader and Head of the Department of Music at B.D. Jain Degree College, Agra. He is also an empanelled artiste of ICCR Ministry of Culture and is deputed as a Head of Culture Centre in Embassy of India in Beijing from 2011 to 2013 and taught Indian Classical Music to approx 500 students of different Countries.

He is managing director of Pt. Raghunath Talegaonker Foundation Trust and through this trust he is giving a wide platform to the upcoming generation of Indian Classical Music field.

Recently he is elected as a board committee member of Uttar Pradesh Sangeet Natak Akademi, Lucknow.