Artist Profiles: Prakash Sontakke

Prakash Sontakke

Dr. Prakash Sontakke is a disciple of his father, the acclaimed Dr. R.B. Sontakke (himself a direct disciple of the legendary maestro Omkarnath Thakur of the Gwalior Gharana). Prakash has also achieved a triple masters degree in classical music on the guitar, vocal and the violin. His creative experiments in Jazz and fusion are deeply underlined by his classical training.

For an instrumentalist to attempt to recreate the emotion of the human voice is extremely difficult. Though very difficult, Prakash prefers to play the Gayaki Ang (vocal style) on the slide guitar.

Recipient of the Aryabhatta and Ganayogi Panchakshari Gawai Awards, Prakash has many recordings and CD releases to his credit, apart from being a senior artist in radio and TV Prakash has been a judge for various music competitions.

Prakash is also the secretary of the music school Hindusthani Sangeet Vidyapeeth started by his parents which is currently imparting music lessons to a number of students.

Discography:

Invisible Strings (RareNoise Records, 2016)

Author: Angel Romero

Angel Romero y Ruiz has been writing about world music and progressive music for many years. He founded the websites worldmusiccentral.org and musicasdelmundo.com. Angel produced several specials for Metropolis (TVE) and co-produced “Musica NA”, a music show for TelevisiĆ³n EspaƱola (TVE) in Spain that featured an eclectic mix of world music, fusion, electronica, new age and contemporary classical music. Angel also produced and remastered world music and electronic music albums, compilations and boxed sets for Alula Records, Ellipsis Arts, Music of the World, Lektronic Soundscapes, and Mindchild Records. Angel is currently based in Durham, North Carolina.

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