Our highly experienced team of Indian and international faculty bring a global perspective and influence to the learning experience at True School. Faculty members are encouraged to maintain a good balance between professional practice, academia and mentorship, which equips them to craft unique pedagogical approaches that nurture creativity, innovation and enterprise in learners.
Piran Irani is an electronic music aficionado, producer and a Dj for over a decade now. His journey into creating and establishing a unique sound and style of his own has allowed him to gain insightful tips and tricks towards creating music. Being genre-agnostic, he dwells and finds inspiration from various styles of music and implements what he learns into his own work. Also, trying to inculcate the same ideologies in his student's mindsets he likes to create an easy and efficient approach towards producing music.
Being an experienced trainer for music production, he has successfully taught students from different age groups and created awareness and interest in their minds towards making electronic music and to understand all the tools and technology that goes behind making it. From conducting workshops to training young adults towards understanding how to use digital audio workstations, from synthesis to learning the basics and advanced forms of sampling using different techniques along with the required hardware devices. How to also use your own recorded sounds and adopting a creative approach towards this process is one of the many tricks he likes to share with his batches. He also trains students on how to use Native instrument's Maschine and speaks on other forms of Indian context and history here at the true school of music. Come meet him and learn how to create, define and get started in the elaborate yet fun world of music production.
Odysseas Toumazou [ Guitar]
Odysseas Toumazou is a multifaceted guitarist, prolific composer and experienced educator, originally from Nicosia, Cyprus. He began his guitar studies at the age of six, and developed a strong musical conception and sensitivity from his early years, learning the instrument by ear. Shortly afterwards, began to perform for audiences. He studied with renowned musicians both in Cyprus and abroad, before completing his musical studies in 2015 at the Conservatorium van Amsterdam. During his time in Amsterdam he attended masterclasses and was given private lessons from innovative players such as Scott Henderson, Lage Lund, Peter Bernstein, Kurt Rosenwinkel, Gilad Hekselman and Brad Mehldau and toured in Europe with many different bands. He then moved to Mumbai, India where he collaborated with outstanding artists and appeared on world-class stages as Goa and the Utsav jazz festivals. He subsequently taught at the True School of Music as head of the guitar Department. Overall, Odysseas has contributed to more than 10 records as a sideman and performed in a number of different countries. His move back to Cyprus in 2018 motivated him to create his own projects and with his Trio recorded his debut album “Ensticto”. Its release obtained favourable reviews, ranging from “truly authentic and strong”, to an emphasis on the “personal sound” that is endorsed within the guitar trio genre. The Trio toured the album extensively by performing at all the major music festivals on the island. He is currently composing music for his 2nd personal Album and writing a guitar method.
Raghuraman Ramasubramanian [ Theory & Ear Training]
Raghuraman Ramasubramanian is a guitarist and bassist Based Currently in Bangalore. He has studied independently under the likes of Aman Mahajan, Amit Heri, Lew Hilt, Sid Jacobs which has helped in a career as an educator and performer with a healthy sense of musical definitions. Having a performance background with people like Sid Jacobs, Rotem Sivan, Fabio Bergamini, Pedro Carnero Silva, Luiza Sales, Karina Collis, Sanjeev Thomas, Esther Rojas, Michael Veerapan, Ganesh Bala, GV Prakash, Alap Raju, Suchitra, Ranjit Barot, Lucky Ali, Purbhayan Chaterjee, Taufeeq Qureshi, Fasal Qureshi, Raghu is also well versed in production, arranging and playing in different genres ranging from Jazz to Pop, Fusion To Progressive Metal, Carnatic to Blues.
Raghu also comes with experience in a vast array of experience working as Both in the Studio and as backstage and stage crew for bands like Metallica, Mosko, Asian Dub Foundation, Dunklebunt, The Blind Suns. With 14 years experience in performing and teaching including being Guitar & Bass faculty at Swarnabhoomi Academy Of Music to performing at venues with crowds many a thousand strong to Organising festivals and precession backstage work with
equal passion in each.
Ujjayinee Roy [ Hindustani Ensembles]
Known for her versatility in various forms of performing arts, Ujjayinee Roy is a singer-songwriter, actor, dancer, columnist and poet. She has been the voice behind numerous songs in mainstream Indian music and sung in Tamil, Hindi, Kannada, Malayalam, Telegu and Assamese films and has worked with various Indian music directors like A R Rahman, Illayaraja, Sajid –Wajid, Harris Jayaraj, Devi Shree Prasad, Yuvan Shankar Raja, M G Sreekumar and many more. She has also lent her voice for numerous jingles, ad-films and voice-overs. She is also a popular actor for television and the silver screen.
Ujjayinee started performing for All India Radio and Doordarshan Kendra from the age of seven. By the time she was eighteen, she was already a graded artist and composer with All India Radio. In the meanwhile, she also started performing in classical and light classical concerts, her debut being facilitated by her guru, late Pt. Ramendranath Dey, as per traditions of Indian Classical Music.
During the early days of her musical career she had also been the founder member of bands like Tribe and Aurko. She has also been a participant in popular reality shows likes SaReGaMa (Zee Television) and Pop Stars (Channel V). She has also hosted an entire season of Zee Tamil’s Sa Re Ga Ma Pa. For many years Ujjayinee has been working and experimenting with various genres of music like opera, rock, Indian and Western classical, blues, jazz, folk music etc., and this versatility is visible in her voice as well as her compositions.
Ujjayinee was also jointly nominated for Global Indian Music Academy (GIMA) Awards along with guitar player Sanjeev Thomas for their single “Tanha – Alone” of which she was the vocalist and lyricist. Some of her original compositions like Kalighata – Rain Clouds” and “This Feels Right” have been rated amongst the top chartbusters in independent music. Recently she went on a European tour of twenty-nine concerts with the Sailing Conductors wherein she performed her original compositions with other artists from Germany, South Africa, Australia and Brazil. Apart from music Ujjayinee is an extremely popular actor on two TV series on Sun Television produced by SaReGaMa. She started acting in theatre as a child and through the years moved to a larger medium of television and films. She has worked in numerous feature films and web series. She is currently teaching the Pro Hindustani Playback Vocals course at The True School of Music.
Ashutosh Phatak [ Founder - True School]
Ashu, as he is better known, is an award-winning multi-instrumental music composer and producer, who has released over 15 contemporary music albums in the past two decades. He is one of the most sought-after composers in advertising and films, having composed music for over 3,000 television commercials and the soundtracks for 10 feature films. He recently composed the music for the acclaimed documentary, Fire in the Blood, released in the US in 2012, and nominated in the World Cinema category at the prestigious Sundance Film Festival 2013. Besides being a popular live musician and a regular on the festival circuit, Ashu is also one of the co-founders of India’s premier live music venue chain, Blue Frog.
Marios Menelaou [ Ensembles]
Marios Menelaou was born and raised in a tiny Mediterranean island, Cyprus. Laying in the crossroads of three continents, Africa, Asia and Europe, he has been influenced since young age to a variety of musical traditions.
At the age of 13, he was introduced to guitar and later on, at age 16, fell in love with the bass guitar. He started studying intensively with famous Giannos Savvides as well as following jazz workshops and private classed from New York musicians Ari Roland and Chris Byars.
In 2010, Marios moved to the Netherlands and studied Bass guitar in the Conservatory of Amsterdam. There, he learnt new techniques with professors Charty Angenois, Theo de Jong, David de Marez Oyens and Lene te Voorwis . Beyond jazz bass guitar, Marios also studied four years Karnatic techniques on improvisation and composition. In his years in Amsterdam, Marios was influenced and fused music from jazz, middle eastern music and african music. In 2015, he was awarded a scholarship at ISI Despensar University in Bali Indonesia where he studied Balinese Gamelan and became a gamelan player.
On his musical journey, Marios met a plethora of genres and musicians and he performed in many festivals such as the Afro Vibes Festival in the Netherlands, Aglagazz, Feggaros in Cyprus and many others in Europe.
In the Netherlands, he has been the founding member of Astrophunk and back in homeland Cyprus, he co-founded the jazz trio Lp3 where their first album "The underdog" was released in November 2017.
Teaching has been an integral part of this journey : he has been providing private lesson in bass guitar, music theory, harmony and ensembles. Has has also been a teacher in the National Conservatory of Cyprus.
Gianluca Liberatore [ Dean & Head of Academics]
Gianluca Liberatore was born in Palermo, Sicily. The Italian island is the major in the Mediterranean sea and it has always been hosting an astonishing mix of cultures. The search for diversity became for Gianluca an important feature in his musical experience.
He started playing the guitar at the age of 12 and the bass guitar at 14. Discovering the music of Bill Evans brought him in contact with jazz music and, consecutively, with double bass playing.
Gianluca studied in Italy at the Brass Group and the Open Jazz School of Mimmo Cafiero, attending masterclasses and having lessons with Harvie S, Reuben Rogers, Eric Revis, Eddie Gomez, Clark Cables, Gregory Hutchinson and others.
In 2010 he moved to the Netherlands, where he studied at the Conservatorium van Amsterdam under the guide of Frans van der Hoeven. In the four years of Bachelor program he got in touch with a variety of genres and musicians. Results of these years of studies and collaborations are performances in a number of festivals in Italy, Germany, Netherlands, Switzerland.
Has performed alongside Ronal Douglas, Deborah Carter, Bob Stoloff during the summer jazz workshop at the Conservatorium van Amsterdam. In 2013 he released a record with the Australian leader, composer and saxophone player Gemma Farrell.
As an educator Gianluca has been teaching bass guitar, double bass, music theory, songwriting, ensembles, and pedagogic subjects.
Aron Nyiro [ Drums]
Aron Nyiro was born in the Northern – East part of Hungary. Although his musical skills were nurtured from primary school, it wasn’t until the high school years when he decided to pursue music as a profession. He moved to Budapest where he attended the Kőbányai Music Studio and started taking professional gigs. He finished BA studies in jazz drums at the Kodolányi János University College. In the following two years, he was freelancing and playing with the very best of the Hungarian pop and jazz scene. His attraction for Latin music also became obvious during this period.
In 2012, Aron was accepted to the Master program of the Conservatorium van Amsterdam which further widened his musical horizon. His teachers were Martijn Vink, Lucas van Merwijk and Marcel Serierse. He graduated in 2014 and started establishing a professional practice by taking gigs, tours, and studio-work all around Europe. Aron appeared on more than two-dozen albums, several TV shows and on countless stages so far.
During the years spent in Budapest he also started giving private drum lessons, which he continues to do so ever since. Aron is also a big fan of recording live music. He was running a project studio for years in Budapest.
Zain Calcuttawala [ Sound Engineering]
Zain began his career as an artist manager working closely with artists like ‘Megadeth,’ ‘Imogen Heap,’ ‘T-Pain’ and many others. Now freelancing as a music producer, Zain composes his own music under the stage name, ‘Bulli Bainbridge,’ plus he produces and engineers independent musicians such as ‘Short Round,’ ‘Spud In The Box,’ ‘Raghav Meattle’ and others. Zain also composes, produces, and mixes music for ads and short films along with his partner, Sid Talwar. They’ve worked with several brands such as Swiggy, TBZ, Sula, Bajaj, Housing.com and many others.
Apart from this he is also a member of ‘Bohemia Junction,’ which is an entity that represents Abbey Road Studios’ mastering services, and The Macedonian Radio Symphonic Orchestra recording services in India.
Aki Spadaro [ Music Production & Keyboard]
Born in Palermo (Sicily, Italy) in 1986, music became his passion and main activity from a very early age. After seven years of classical piano training, he began to play jazz at the age of fourteen. Since then, he has constantly involved both as an arranger and as a pianist in various projects, where he demonstrated remarkable versatility and openness to different musical styles (jazz, swing, progressive rock, funk, R&B, world music, southern Italian folk, soul).
Aki’s own projects and performances have often received awards in both national and international contexts. In 2007 he won the first prize in the music contest “Show No Profit” in Palermo with his funk band Subjaez; in 2009 he was among the finalists in the jazz soloist competition “Vittoria Jazz Award”; and in 2010 he received the Audience Award and the 2nd jury prize at the prestigious jazz contest “Chicco Bettinardi” (Piacenza Jazz Fest) with his Jazz trio Even3. He went on to release a record with Even3 titled Below Sea Level, which was well received by audiences and critics alike.
In 2010 Aki settled in Amsterdam (the Netherlands), where he initiated a number of projects and collaborations with artists from all over Europe. In 2013 he also obtained a Bachelor’s degree in Jazz Piano at the Conservatorium van Amsterdam.
In 2014 he temporarily moved to India, where he acted as Head of the Keyboard Department at True School of Music in Mumbai, and also collaborated with the Whistling Woods International Film School of Mumbai as a musical advisor.
Once back to Amsterdam Aki obtained a Master’s degree in Composing for Film with the Conservatorium van Amsterdam and the Nederlandse Filmacademie.
He has since composed music for a number of Dutch fiction and documentary productions. In 2015 he composed and produced the score for the short film "Vandaag", which won the award for best short film in the Dutch YAKFA Festival and was selected in 2016 for the International Short Film Festival, Nijmegen.
In the last years, he has performed in the most prestigious stages of The Netherlands such as Muziekgebouw aan 't IJ (Amsterdam), Schouwburg de Meerse (Hoofdorp), Theater Ludens (Voorburg) and Schouwburg Venray (Venray).
Magdalena Golebiowska [ Western Vocals]
Magdalena Gołębiowska commenced her music education at age six by learning to play the piano and progressed to winning national competitions for composition and singing including the International Meeting of Jazz Vocalists in Zamość. Following twelve years of training in piano, which developed her love for classical music, Magdalena’s thirst for knowledge led her to a Master’s Degree in Pedagogy and Psychology. However, her passion for music subsequently brought her to the Conservatory of Amsterdam where she gained a further Master’s Degree, this time in Jazz Vocals.
Through her openness to novel experiences and love of travel, she has cultivated an international perspective on her music and has found inspiration from musical traditions the world over. She values music’s capacity to bring people together, even if they are from different cultures. One of her most treasured achievements was teaching at the African Music School in Central African Republic.
She loves to co-operate with a variety of musicians in various musical styles, which has carried her to several international stages. It was her great honour to be invited to the Cairo Jazz Festival and to participate in the top-rated Middle East TV show Al-Bernameg. She has a generous spirit and is an artist with beauty, grace and sensibility. She enjoys sharing her affection for music, which she has particularly achieved as a music teacher. With her warm tone and exceptional voice, she can turn any song into her own.
Derrick Johnson [ Keyboard]
Derrick Johnson is a 29-year-old pianist from the outskirts of Mumbai. His musical journey began by playing the keyboards in Churches since 2005, where he learnt to play hymns by ear. He went on to get classically trained in Piano under the guidance of Clifton Rodricks from Mumbai. After completing his graduation in business administration (BBA), he worked as an HR for a recruiting firm for a year. But since music was the innate calling, he quit that job to pursue music as a career. Eventually, he started working with music schools as a piano instructor since early 2014, where he taught classical as well as pop piano. In November 2015, he completed his Grade 8 in Pop Music Theory from London College of Music through self-study. In February 2017 he completed his Advanced Recital Certificate from Trinity College London with Distinction under the guidance of Roxana Anklesaria, an established pedagogue and member of MTNA.
He's a proud teacher to several distinction holders of music exams over the years. He's currently also pursuing LTCL Diploma in Piano performance and wishes to continue the journey of learning and teaching quality music.
Siddharth Talwar [ Music Production]
He currently co-owns a partnership firm called “Horse Garden Production”. They compose, produce, and engineer music for advertisements, short films, and indie bands/artists. They have worked with many esteemed brands like Amul, TBZ, Sula, Bajaj, Housing.com etc. Their work has been featured in publications such as Rolling Stone, The Quint, DNA, NDTV, Buzzfeed and more. Apart from managing his own venture, he also teaches production at The True School of Music and plays the guitar for popular Indie bands Spud In The Box and Gumbal.
Utkarsh Amarpuri [ Electronic Music Performance]
Utkarsh is a 25-year-old music producer based in Mumbai. He began his journey as a Sound Engineer in 2011, only to realise that his true passion lies in making music. That’s when he decided to pursue his education at The True School Of Music.
Since then Utkarsh has been producing and composing for various projects which mainly include Advertisements, Background scores, Arranging and Producing music for independent artists, and so on.
Apart from this, he is also a member of an electronic act, Equal Two, who have been performing original music for the last 2 years. In January 2018, they released their debut EP “ANTIDOTE” which is available on all major streaming platforms.
Combining an unmatched passion for music with his natural talent, Utkarsh Amarpuri is pursuing his dream of being an influential music professional.
Ruhika Rao [ Western Vocals]
Ruhika is a western singer-songwriter from Mumbai. She received her formal vocal training from the True school itself. She has been part of and is a part of multiple projects. Currently, She trains in Carnatic singing.She has been teaching for the past 3 years. She teaches at various private schools and has now joined the True school of music as a teacher. Besides music, She has a bachelor's degree in Psychology and aspires to study music therapy.
Sambit Deshmukhya [ Keyboard ]
He started off learning keyboards when he was 9. When he was 17 he started learning Western Classical Piano after he got inspired by his visit to Trinity College London. He learned under a teacher for some time and then started learning the instrument by himself. Later on after high school while doing his Bachelors in Computer Application he started listening to a lot of Jazz, Blues, Soul, R&B and Electronic Music and started exploring and learning Jazz by himself. After finishing his bachelor's degree in Computer Application he went on to pursue his all-time passion for music as a career which he wanted to. He also has been a Piano Teacher with Furtados School of Music for 2 years and has taught over 900 students from a lot of schools in Mumbai. He also performs with his own band 'CuttleFish' which plays a neo-soul and experimental music and currently working on their original material. He teaches Keys & Arrangement for Producers.
Nilesh Thomas [ Study Skills]
After gaining a first class degree in Electronics and a diploma in Sound Recording & Engineering, Nilesh started his career as a recording engineer adding numerous songs, commercials and soundtracks to his credit before stepping into academia. He spent 15 years in Malaysia, where he led curriculum design, delivery and quality assurance of undergraduate music courses in partnership with UK universities and Berklee College of Music. During this time he furthered his education to earn a Master of Music Technology (MMusTech) degree with distinction from University of Newcastle, Australia. Nilesh is also an Avid Certified Instructor for ProTools and an Apple Distinguished Educator recognised for the application of technology and innovation in music education. During his academic career in Malaysia, Nilesh remained active in the professional industry and mixed Front of House (FOH) sound and produced a number of live concerts. His professional and academic interests include live sound engineering, acoustics, digital audio, blended learning, learning technologies, and outcome and challenge based learning. Nilesh leads curriculum development, digital learning initiatives, institutional partnerships and academic quality assurance at True School, and teaches live sound engineering courses.
Mandar Deshpande [ Hindustani Vocals]
Mandar is an established Bollywood playback singer who is known for his distinct and versatile voice. He has sung for a number of films, OTTs, plays and TV/web channels. He has been working as a faculty member for the Pro Hindustani Vocals course at True School and has also designed courses for their popular music learning app - Learn to Sing:True School. Mandar started learning the Tabla at the age of 4, and later Hindustani Classical vocals and Natya sangeet from various gurus and gharanas. His career as a singer started with him singing covers of songs by Sudhir Phadke and Shankar Mahadevan.
As a playback singer, Mandar debuted with the film Zubaan, starring Vicky Kaushal and Sarah Jane Dias, where he was launched by the singing sensation Gurudas Mann in Punjab. The film was well received at several international Film Festivals like at Bussan & Palm Spring. His most recent work as a playback singer was for the film Monsoon Shootout in which he was released by Times Music. This film was also critically acclaimed and presented at the prestigious Cannes Film Festival.
Apart from this, Mandar has collaborated with the Symphony Orchestra of India (NCPA), and Dharavi Rocks. Along with his passion for designing and teaching modern curriculum for Indian popular music, he has also been busy with his performances and recordings.
1. Best Vocalist award - Yamaha Asian Beat 2006
2. Best Background Score Nomination - Zee awards Commercial Drama 2007
3. Uttunga State level award - Best Music 2013
4. Frontman - India's First Raag Metal fusion Band Founding member 2006- 2010
5. Judge for IIT Bombay - Mood Indigo – 2017, 2018, 2019
Ganesh Gangadharan [ Sound Engineering]
Ganesh Gangadharan is the Supervising Sound Editor and Sound Designer at YRF Studios, Mumbai.
Having worked on more than 30 notable movies, he is recognized in the industry for his skills in elevating action sequences using sound design. His noted works include Dhoom 3, Ek Tha Tiger, Band Baaja Baaraat, Gunday, Aurangzeb, Chak De! India, Lahore, etc. to name a few.
The opportunity of working with renowned directors like Shimit Amin, Kabir Khan, Vijay Krishna Acharya and Aditya Chopra has enhanced his skills and helped attain a high level of competence.
Vehrnon Ibrahim [ Music Business & Entrepreneurship]
Vehrnon has had many long term rolls in his career including Vice President of various National FM Radio Networks, a House Music DJ, Frontman of Indian Heavy Metal band Millennium, an Event Director, an Audio Engineer both live and in studios, a Music Producer and Song Writer, a Stage and Lighting Designer, the Creative Director of an Interactive Television Company and a regular Commentator on Music, Culture and Creativity…
Today, Vehrnon continues to work in Live Music Events, Radio and other Media and is also an Independent Music Artist Advisor with “FreeWillMusic” a system designed to help them make and keep more money…
Mugdha Hasabnis [ Hindustani Vocals]
Mugdha is a Singer, Performer, Lyricist and a Teacher. She is one of the faculty members 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.
Kishore Banan [ Sound Engineering]
Kishore Banan was the head of academics at the School of Audio Engineering, Mumbai. He has trained students of Sound Engineering for over 12 years and is currently a freelance sound engineer and an educator. His passion spans the entire spectrum of sound engineering, covering areas such as Digital Audio Technology, Digital Audio Workstations, Acoustics etc. He is excited to share the myriad possibilities that digital audio workstations bring to the modern world of audio production.
Kedar Sakharkar [ DJ]
“Music expresses that which cannot be put into words and that which cannot remain silent” ― Victor Hugo
It is all about the music and the vibe for Kedar Sakharkar also known as DJKD. He believes in creating an atmosphere where one feels calm and liberated. For him it’s about playing records that are accessible and intrinsically groovy.
In a world of preening prima donnas and professional fist-pumpers, KD is somewhat of an anomaly. It’s okay for him if you like his page or dawn his logo, but he is most happy to see you loosen up, enjoy and groove to his music.
His performance is characterized by its subtlety and sophistication. His goal is to inspire and educate, to tease and tantalize, and then – when the moment is right and the hands are in the air – to give the masses the track they’ve been waiting for.
KD has been involved with helping aspiring DJ professionals at The True School of Music (TSM) for the past 4 years. This includes establishing of a detailed curriculum for both beginners and pro aspirants. He also runs a growing Audio Visual Rental providing consultation services called Sound Inc.
In a distinguished career of almost two decades, KD has played almost every genre of music to every kind of crowd, from commercial to cutting-edge and everything in between. His performances were not just limited to India, but also spread over Thailand, Turkey, South Africa, Italy and Sri Lanka as well. He’s just grateful that he’s been blessed with the opportunity to play records for a living.
WINNER MTV - SUBMERGE ULTIMATE DJ CHAMPIONSHIP 2010
1ST RUNNER UP - TIMES MUSIC WAR OF DJS 2005 (WEST ZONE)
2ND RUNNER UP - KINGFISHER SOULFLY ULTRA DJ 2010 (WEST / MUMBAI ZONE)
Retro| Classic Rock| disco| 80’s| Funky
House| Deep| Nu Disco
Hip Hop| RnB
Trap| Chillstep| Bass
Whats Your Poison, Tunga Paradise, Mumbai
Club Synergy, Mumbai
White Lounge, Mumbai
RA (currently known as Tryst), Mumbai
Midnight, Capetown, South Africa
Saphire, Istanbul, Turkey
Club Royal Horse, Belek, Turkey
Maxx Royal, Belek, Turkey
RnB, Colombo, Sri Lanka
SYNC, Rayong, Thailand
COUNTRIES PLAYED IN:
India | Italy | Turkey | South Africa | Sri Lanka | Morocco | Thailand
PERFORMED AS GUEST DJ WITH:
Red Light, Mumbai
Manchester United Café, Mumbai
Blue Frog, Mumbai
Stax, Hyatt Regency, Mumbai
Café Zoe, Mumbai
Big Wheels Café, Pune
Bottles and Chimneys, Hyderabad
Ten Downing Street, Hyderabad
F-Bar and Lounge, Hyderabad
Ahala, Taj, Hyderabad
News Café, Hyderabad
Extreme Sports Bar, Hyderabad
Ten Downing Street, Chennai
Eau, Le Meridian, Delhi
Level 5, Mumbai
Glocal Junction, Mumbai
Summer House Café, Mumbai
Woodside Inn, Mumbai
Farzi Café, Mumbai
Verbena Lounge, Mumbai
18.99 Latitude, Mumbai
The Den, Mumbai
Raasta, Khar Bombay, Mumbai
Dashanzi, J.W.Marriott, Mumbai
Amarnath Hazarika [ Assistant Dean]
Amarnath is a Guitarist and Composer, currently based in Mumbai, India. Born and brought up in Shillong, Amarnath moved to Boston in 2007, to attend Berklee College of Music, graduating in 2009 with a Bachelors degree in Jazz Composition. During his time here, he had the opportunity to study with world renowned musicians such as Tim Miller, Sal DiFusco, Ken Pullig, Bob Pilkington and Esperanza Spalding.
Amarnath has performed in the United States, Malaysia, Singapore and Vietnam apart from numerous festivals and venues across India like the Delhi International Jazz Festival, The National Centre for Performing Arts - Mumbai, India International Centre - Delhi and The Habitat Centre - Delhi, with artists from across the country. He has also written music for numerous Films and Documentaries, and was notably the Music Director for the National Award winning Assamese film “Kothanodi”. Apart from his performance and composition work, Amarnath also has a passion for Music Education and is also currently teaching at The True School of Music in Mumbai.
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