Artiste of the Month - November 2017
Arati Ankalikar Tikekar
Born in 1963, Arati Ankalikar-Tikekar is a very significant Hindustani vocalist of the younger generation. She received her training in Hindustani music from Pandit Vasantrao Kulkarni of Agra and Gwalior gharanas at the age of ten and was regarded as a child prodigy. This apart, she has also studied under another famous singer, Gana Saraswati Smt Kishori Amonkar and for a brief period, also benefited from the guidance of Pandit Ulhas Kashalkar. She is presently under the guidance of Pandit Dinkar Kaikini. All her teachers have influenced Arati`s style and have moulded her music. Endowed with a rich resonant voice, Arati`s performances are marked by an excellent command over both rhythm and melody.
A recipient of a Central Government scholarship (1975-80) and the Surashri Kesarbai Kerkar scholarship (1980-82), Arati stood first in the All India Radio competition held during 1983 and 1984 in Indian classical music, thumri and ghazal and was awarded the gold medal in all three categories. She has received the Mayor Award (2001) and the prestigious Kumar Gandharv Samman by the Madhya Pradesh government (2006-07) Arati has performed at many prestigious conferences in India, such as the Sawai Gandharva Mahotsav (Pune), the Malhar Utsav (Delhi), Pandit Mallikarjun Mansoor Pranam (Bhopal), the Gunidas Sangeet Sammelan (Mumbai), the Dover Lane Festival (Calcutta), the Shankarlal Festival (Delhi) and ITC Sangeet Sammelans and at sabhas organized by the Madras Music Academy (Chennai). She has been on concert tours in USA, Canada, UK and UAE. Arati has to her credit a number of audio cassette and CD releases. She was the main playback singer for the Shyam Benegal film, Sardari Begum.