Biography

DR. MANDAKINI.C.LAHIRI (VOCALIST)

Classical Vocalist and distinguished scholar Vidushi Dr.Mandakini Lahiri has already proved her mettle in Khayal Gayaki. Born and brought up in Haridwar where Ganga flushes, vehemently.

She started her musical journey at the age of three; at the early age she got herinitial training from Dr.Seema Rastogi (Professor of H.N.B.Garwal University). Even her early spark of talent matured into musical sophistication, artistry and virtuosity. Mandakini has continued her musical “Sadhana” under the guidance of the celebrated Vocalists Padmabhushan Pandit Rajan and Sajan Mishra of Banaras Gharana.

Mandakini’s performances are characterized by her depth of expression, purity of tone, the systematic development of Vistaar,the highly complexyet well structured“Sargams” andsizzling “taans” which develop and portray the emotional content of her chosen Raga.

Apart from Khayal Gayaki, Mandakini is also an accomplished performer of romantic musical styles such as Thumri and of devotional music such as Bhajan.

She has worked with eminent artists such as Pandit Debu Chaudhuri, Pandit Prateek Chaudhuri, UMAK Foundation. Mandakini has also worked for International Project on “RABINDRA ABHIVYAKTI” and Sanskrit Dance Drama “THE MANTRA BHASHA” under the music direction of Pandit Rajan Sajan Misra which was highly appreciated in Russia, Europe and U.K.

Dr. Mandakini is the recipient of numerous awards and accolades such as Best Singer Award by Uttaranchal Govt., She has been awarded Scholarship by Ministry of Human Resource Development, Ministry of Culture, Govt. of India from 2005-2007. Pt. Ravi Kichlu Award. She was awarded by Smt. Smriti Zubin Irani for her contribution toward music education while working with Modern School, New Delhi in 2013.

Dr.Mandakini received the highest Degree in Education, Doctorate in Music from University of Delhi in the year 2014. She has been awarded by Dr. Kiran Bedi for scoring highest marks in Master of Art’s in Delhi University.

Dr. Mandakini has worked as the Head of Department in Music for almost a decade in Modern School (Vasant Vihar, Delhi) one of the prestigious schools in India.

At present she is working with Delhi Public School, Udaipur as Senior Music (Vocal) Teacher and also teaching MA students in Mohan Lal Sukhadia University, Udaipur, Rajasthan as a Guest Faculty.

ALAPAN a registered trust formed by Dr.Mandakini in the year 2013 as a part of her wider musical interest and to impart professional training to the students, honouring great masters, holding seminars, workshops and discussion. ALAPAN also holds regular events and festivals of Music and Dance with a view to showcase the achievement of its’ students & other upcoming musicians in India and Abroad.

International Accolades
Concerts
University of Peradeniya, Kandy, Sri Lanka (October 16-19, 2018).
Ramakrishna Mission, Colombo, Sri Lanka (October 20,2018).

Workshops
A) Advance training of Indian Classical Music at the University of Peradeniya, Sri Lanka.
B) International Interdisciplinary Conference on Shiv- Shakti in Universal Perspective.(September 29-30,2018).

Projects
International Project "Rabindra Abhivyakti by Ray of Wisdom , Russia, Europe and U.K.