"I am sustained by these beautiful, inspiring recordings of her work. The depth of her scholarship, so carefully revealed in her book, transposes into her singing, as well. It is rare to experience such a great confluence of study and art."
Organ artiste, Boston, Masachusettes
Dr Subhadra Desai is a professional Vocalist of Hindustani Classical genre, and an academic engaged in Music education and Research. Her music is characterized by a graceful voice and meditative timbre, recognized by both music connoisseurs as well as a broad spectrum of listeners. She believes in purity in Form and Purpose and wholeheartedly pursues her Art.
Subhadra has been performing at music festivals and other forums in India and abroad for the past twenty years. She is an empanelled artist with Indian Council for Cultural Relations since 2000, and an accredited A grade artist at All India Radio and Television.
A senior disciple of Pt. Madhup Mudgal, Subhadra continues to receive his guidance to achieve greater rigor and artistic insight in her music. She also had the privilege of learning from Vidushi Malini Rajurkar, as part of the Mani Mann National Fellowship at the aegis of Sanskriti Pratishthan, New Delhi.
In the past few years, Subhadra has toured and given successful solo performances in Korea, Germany, Bangladesh and Washington DC, New Jersey, Boston, Lexington, Providence (Rhode Island), Annesquam in Massachusetts in the United States of America and in London, UK. Subhadra’s important classical vocal performances in India include Pt. Vishnu Digambar Jayanti in Delhi, Uttaradhikar in Bharat Bhavan, Bhopal, Swaralaya, Delhi, National Music Conferences in Kolkata, Nalanda, Motihari, Ahmedabad, Baroda, Rajkot and others.
In 2001 and 2016, Subhadra had the honor of presenting solo performances for Jawaharlal Nehru Memorial Concert and Indira Gandhi Memorial Concert respectively, before the President and Vice President of India and many other dignitaries.
Subhadra also had the privilege of performing solo at the sacred Tirupati temple in 2012 and at Dwarkanath temple in 2014.
In addition to her performance engagements, Subhadra presents lecture-demonstrations and workshops on Indian Music at various Academic and Cultural Institutions, namely Centre for Cultural Resources & Training, India Habitat Centre as part of Master Class, India International Centre, as part of Music Appreciation Programme, and others on the following subjects:
1. History of Hindustani Classical Music
2. Compositional Forms of Hindustani Classical Music: Dhrupad, Dhamar, Khayal, Tappa, Thumri, Tarana.
3. Pentatonic, Hexatonic and Heptatonic Melodies forming Ragas
4. Various forms of Tarana: Khayalnuma, Tarana, Trivat, Chatarang and Tarana with Urdu or Persian antara.
5. Vedic Chanting
6. Bhakti in ancient Indian Texts and Music (From Veda, Upanishad, Shankaracharya, Vallabhacharya, Jaideva's Ashtapadi to Kabir, Surdas, Tulsidas, Nanak, Tukaram & others)
7. Music in Valmiki's Ramayana
8. Folk Melodies of India
9. Songs of Indian Women Seers: Concerts at Bhakti Utsav, 2011; International Women’s Day, 2012; HCL Concert Series at Habitat Centre, 2014, Vedanta Centre at Greater Washington DC, 2014 & 2017.