Hindustani Playback Vocals
Mugdha is a Singer, Performer, Lyricist and a Teacher. She teaches at the Shankar Mahadevan Academy for online and offline courses and is currently a guest faculty for the Pro Hindustani Playback Vocal course at The True School of Music.
Her musical journey began very early with Hindustani Classical Music in which she is certified till the ‘Upantya Visharad’ level. She learned Hindustani Music from my Guru ‘Mrs. Aparna Kavi’ and has participated in many singing competitions right from childhood. In her high school years, she sang in a TV show named ‘Music Cafe’ on Sahyadri Channel. She was also learning Light Hindustani Music from ‘Mrs. Mrudula Joshi’. Her interest in composing Music and writing Lyrics piqued during this time. Later, in College she represented the University of Mumbai Cultural team as a singer and won the State, Zonal, National levels. She has also represented University of Mumbai at the International level. This was followed by singing in a Marathi film and a few devotional albums.
Things took an interesting turn when she joined A.R.Rahman’s K M Music Conservatory in Chennai. In KMMC, she was exposed to the rigorous Western Classical Music training. Mugdha was a Voice Major student and ‘Kavita Baliga’ was her teacher. As a part of the Chamber Choir of KMMC, she sang in Doordarshan’s 50th Anniversary celebrations in Delhi featuring A.R.Rahman, Hariharan, Shivmani and Sadhana Sargam. Later, sje sang in the Tamil film, ‘Vinnaithandi Varuvaaya’ as the part of the choir. While studying at KM she also began learning the Harp for which she composed and wrote the score for her piece. She also sang in around 15 Rhymes of A.R.Rahman’s ‘Rhymeskool project’ produced by SaReGaMa Records. She was selected as ‘The Best Voice (Western)’ for the year 2009-2010 by KMMC.
After the foundation course, she auditioned for the Zee TV Show ‘Sa Re Ga Ma Pa Singing Superstar 2010’. She was selected and was among the Top 14 in the same show. She was also selected to perform in some concerts in the U.S by Sa Re Ga Ma Pa Show. Recently, she sang in few Marathi Albums and a Tamil films.
After the U.S. tour, she went back to study Western classical Music and completed her Grade 8th from The Trinity School of Music, London as a voice major. She has also performed as a Soloist and as part of a choir for one of the biggest western classical orchestra concerts in India – ‘Classical Incantations – Babelsberg Film Orchestra plays Rahman’. This concert was played in the five major cities of India and Germany.
She has received ‘The Best Singer Female – Non-Film’ award by Kannada International Music Awards in 2013. She received an award for her Kannada song for an album ‘2way’ composed by ‘Amit Anand’. She has also sung in various languages like Telugu, Gujarati etc.
She collaborated with a very popular YouTube channel ‘Shrutibox’- Shankar Tucker (composer, clarinet player) where she sang and wrote lyrics for Shankar’s tunes, which are mixture of Hindustani and Western Music. These songs were also played on an International TV Channel ‘M TV’. She has performed with Shankar Tucker in the major cities of India and the U.S. and has collaborated with the ‘Bandish Projekt – Mayur Narvekar’. Mugdha sang in Mayur’s album where they blended Hindustani music with EDM. She is now working with many Independent artists, Music composers and writing for her own compositions.