About Artist :
Classical Performing Vocal Artist / Vocalist
Dr. Neeta Anant Bhabhe, the young vocalist of
Gwalior-Agra Gharana, Carries forward the legacy
of musical talent, which she has inherited from
her father as well as her maternal family. Dr.
Neeta Bhabhe's father Mr. Anant Bhabhe has taken
his initial classical lessons from Late Baburao
Salvekar who belongs to KIRANA gharana. Apart
from this, Mr. Anant Bhabhe has also taken
classical lessons of AGRA gharana from Late
Shripatshastri of Dhule. He got lessons in Tabla
and Harmonium along with vocal music. Dr. Neeta
Bhabhe has received great inspiration, Guidance
and encouragement from her father.
The Whole family is into music. Dr. Neeta
Bhabhe's mother too has good understanding of
music and sings Light music (sugam sangeet). Dr.
Neeta Bhabhe's brother Ajit Bhabhe is also an
TABLA artist and has accompanied in many
Another great source of inspiration for her has
been her maternal Grand Father; the late Shri.
Y. S. alias Nanasaheb Apte, the founder-prop of
"Lalkar", the well-known micro-phone company of
Pune. Many big cultural events of pune, like
"Geet Ramayana" of late Sudhir Phadke and "Sawai
Gandharva Music Festival" always hired services
Dr. Neeta Bhabhe was brought up in musical
environment, initially sown by her Grand Father;
the seed of her talent was further nurtured by
her father, mother and Grand Mother.
Dr. Neeta Bhabhe had her initial training
under the guidance of Mrs. Vidyatai Pendharkar,
and also participated in her institute's musical
programs. In due course, Mrs. Latatai Kanade,
the disciple of late Pt. Madhusudan Patwardhan
of Gwalior Gharana, took over the task of
tutoring Dr. Neeta Bhabhe in classical music.
Dr. Neeta Bhabhe was under the tutelage of Mrs.
Surabhi Joshi, Smt. Maneesha Patankar and Mrs.
Samita Bapat of "Saraswati Sangeet Vidyalaya",
as well-known music school of more than five
decades of pune, founded by Guru Sangeetacharya
Late Dr. N. V. Diwan, till she completed her
Late Mr. Gajananrao Vatave was interviewed at
the first conference of All India Senior
Citizen's group held at Shrirampur (Dist.
Ahmednagar). Immediately after this Dr. Neeta
was given the honor to present songs in the
light music category. Apart from this she has
also sung number of Classical Songs and
'Natyageete' in various programmes held in many
Dr. Neeta Bhabhe received "Talim" of Gwalior
Gharana from Guru Sangeetacharya Late Dr. N. V.
Diwan and earned the degree of "Alankar" under
his able guidance.
“Sangeetacharya”, the most prestigious degree of
Akhil Bharatiya Gandharva Mahavidyalaya Mandala
(ABGMM), was conferred on Dr. Neeta Bhabhe when
she studied under Late Dr. N. V. Diwan and Dr.
Mrs. Shobhatai Gurjar.
Dr. Neeta Bhabhe is active in musical field in
the threefold capacity – she runs her own
musical school, she gives musical concerts and
also she works as an examiner of “Alankar”
degree of ABGMM.
Dr. Neeta Bhabhe is also a great source of
inspiration to up and coming talent. She has
instituted and award in the memory of her late
beloved Grand Father to encourage new talent in
music. The name of the award is “Lalkar
Educational Qualification :
- M.A. History – Pune University – 1st
- M.A. Indology – Tilak Maharashtra
Vidyapeeth Pune – 1st Class
- B.Ed. – Pune University – 1st Class
Qualification in Indian Classical Music :
- M.A. Sangeet – S.N.D.T Women's
University, Mumbai – 1st Class
- Sangeet Alankar – Akhil Bharatiya
Gandharva Mahavidyalaya Mandal (ABGMM) – 1st
- Sangeetacharya – Akhil Bharatiya
Gandharva Mahavidyalaya Mandal (ABGMM) – The
Mentor (Guru) :
Kanade – Disciple of Late Pt. Madhusudan
Patwardhan of Gwalior Gharana. An excellent
artist, she is well-versed in classical as well
as Sugam and Natya Sangeet.
Sangeetacharya Late Dr. N.V. Diwan – Disciple of
late Vamanbuwa Padhye (Padhyebuwa of Kolhapur)
and Late Pt. Keshavbuwa Ingale, Received
guidance from Late Pt. V.R. Athavale to attain
the degree of Sangeetacharya.
Guru Late Dr. N.V. Diwan founded his own
Institute of music "Saraswati Sagneet Vidalaya"
in pune in 1952. This institute is affiliated to
ABGMM, Mumbai and is a recognised centre for
examination conducted by the mandal.
Guru Late Dr. N.V. Diwan was a great teacher,
guiding the students of all levels from the
initial grooming to the topmost stage of
Sangeetacharya. Till date, he has tutored 750
Sangeet Visharads and 300 Sangeet Alankars. Many
of these have schools of music of their own.
Guru Late Dr. N.V. Diwan was a will-appreciated
concert singer. He knows by heart many a stylish
compositions from little-known Raagas. Of
course, his main focus is on presenting
well-known popular ragas. Following the Gwalior
system, he sings in Medium Rhythm (Madhyalaya).
His presentation is replete with beautiful
Bol-Alaaps and Bol-Tanaas. His mastery over
Taranaas is very fast pace (Druta Laya) is
He was a Patron Member of ABGMM and and Honorary
Member of many more prestigious institutions.
He had been as examiner for many years for Pune
and Uarathwada Universities, as well as or
Bharat Gayan Samaj, Gandharva Mahavidalaya of
Pune and ABGMM.
|Dr. Neeta Bhabhe
is getting guidance from Pune's renowned TABLA
artist Mr. Vijay Dastanye.