semi-classical vocalist and Ghazal Singer Atlanta, USA
Whole world is moving towards learning and listening to soulful Hindustani Classical music
You are highly educated and hold many qualifications. Pl tell us about your academic achievements in the field of music?
Music is in the blood of my family. My Father Dr. Haribhau Khandareji who is PhD in Music and My Mother Mrs. Meera has Masters in Music; are my first “Gurus”. They are guiding me round the journey of my life.
parents gave me full support in attaining my target and to give the best of my life, later to perform on television channels, then on radio channels; after that I have been recognized by many people.
One more important thing I need to point out that, like today earlier youtube was not easily accessible at that time, no any kind of reels or any kind of promotions and also there was a scarcity of audio video editing kits, the only thing available was to do hard work & shall give your 100% as we all are known by our hard work & dedication. For reality shows when I was in India I traveled a lot for competitions and shows.
Later when I moved to the USA, at the beginning I struggled a lot about how I would make a space for myself with Indian music as a career and establish myself in another country which is far away from my home country. Also in between I have to take care of my family and my little daughters it was really challenging for me to concentrate on both the things but it was not finds that much difficult because I am having strong support of my husband, the kick off of my career has begun at Milwaukee, I did my first concert there at “Hindu temple” and then it will be continued at other places pan USA.
You are a live performer. Your live shows are very popular. Tell us about the most memorable show which you have performed on an international platform. I am Most of the shows are very popular amongst the people. They are appreciated by international audiences. My most memorable show in the USA was in Columbia; it was my gazelle concert arranged by Columbia Museum of Art. The specialty of this show was the full American audience and they really enjoyed my Ghazals and I still remember I got “once more” for most of the Ghazals like “aaj jaane ki zid na karo”, “Salona Sa Sajan” etc.
still my each and every morning of everyday will not start without praying to him.
How much interest do you see in the audience of Atlanta for hindustani classical music?
Whole world is moving towards learning and listening to soulful Hindustani Classical music. There are many great listeners and beginners who are interested in listening to Hindustani Classical Music in Atlanta as well. They are a great supporter of Indian Classical Music here.
Who is your favorite music composer and why?
It’s a tough question for me, all music directors are really great composers, we are blessed by their Music, “Mr. Madan Mohan ji” is my most favorite Music Director because his Music always touches my soul. And in the Today’s era, I like the Music of Mr. Ajay-Atul and Mr. A. R Rehman.
In your career of music who supported you the most?
\Madhuri is introvert or extrovert by nature?
I am a very shy person, yes introvert.
What are your compliments and expectations from your life partner Yogesh?
Yogesh is a man who is staying by myside all the time. No further expectations from him, he is the best as it is. He is my great support, without his extreme support it would have been very difficult for me to propel further.
You have been bestowed with many awards for your excellent performances. Which is the biggest award for you?
Yes, I will say I am really blessed, I got so many awards and recognitions, when I was hardly 4 years old I got a Saraswati Idol made up of Silver by Khamgaon Urban Bank as ‘rising star’ award that is the first award and beginning of my Musical Journey and later greatest musician of Indian cinema Mr. Ram Kadamji puraskar and also one of my biggest award received from USA i.e. Greatest puraskar ‘Vidushi’ by SAPANA organization, Chicago.
Which is your favorite quote?
Music is the language of the soul