As a child, while Pandit Suryakant Gaikwad and his spouse Sangeeta Gaikwad first began teaching track to their son Ramakant and daughter Gayatri at the age of 4, they knew that the two could cause them to be proud. “We began with Raag Yaman and practiced it for four-five years. Initially, our riyaaz revolved around omkar sadhna, alankar, and know-how the intricacies of the song. It helped us to get a grip on our notes, which may be very critical in Indian classical music.” says 29-yr-vintage Gayatri. Their day-by-day riyaaz starts offevolved with a -hour session in the morning, followed with the aid of afternoon and evening sessions.
Every disciple follows a guru mantra. Ramakant and Gayatri’s critical lesson from their father, who became their instructor, was “listening is half of the learning”. Ramakant says, “This is something that has caught with us. From childhood, we grew up listening to mythical artists, including Bade Ghulam Ali, Bhimsen Joshi, and Mehdi Hassan. We listened to the bikes and alaps and later covered them in our exercise.
The duo started out performing at an utterly young age, and Ramakant located his moment of glory in 2003 while he served with Pt Jasraj in New York. “I received an all-India competition that allowed me to perform in New York. I was honored to do the month-long excursion with Pt Jasraj. I learned a lot from him. This helped me grow as an artist. The Gharana system in Indian classical song started in the 1860s — families bonded over music and complied with a fashion of song.