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Mandar Deshpande

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.

Milestones:
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

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