Group: Seema Bharadwaj and Group
A brilliant and highly talented 55-year-old artist from Lucknow, Dr Seema Bharadwaj, has commendable experience in music through various art forms like Sugam Sangeet, Thumri, Ghazals, and Classical music. At the young age of 6, she began to learn seeking inspiration from her mother, who was also a folk singer for Akashwani. She has achieved mastery in her craft and pursues it with a tremendous passion which is evident in her performances. She considers Prof. Dr Prem Singh Vinod and Ugantar Sindoor as her mentors in music and talks very highly of their teachings and calibre music. Most of the songs she sings are thus, made to be in a similar style. She has inherited the craft of music from her mother, who had a natural talent for mastery in her vocal abilities. When she was a child, she would try to imitate her and thus picked up the will to sing and never stopped learning. She also knows how to play the Harmonium apart from singing and is quite fond of writing and singing bhajans. Her versatility has been such that she also loves to write poems and sometimes recites them along with music performed in various locations within the country. Her humility and belief that art does not discriminate and everyone should pursue artistic endeavours in their lives. She says that art resides in nature, and nature itself is attracted to art. Seema told us about a money plant that she had placed near her window in her room where she would practice her vocals and how instead of growing toward the sun, it began to grow in the direction of where she would sit while doing her ‘Riyaz’. She has pulled off brilliant performances at various festivals in multiple states like Rajasthan, Maharashtra and mesmerized the crowds. She regards all her performances as equally essential for her development as an artist. In the year 1984, she joined Bhatkhande University as a professor and has been working there since. She has two sons and a grandson and encourages everyone in her family to pursue music and other forms of art to jog their creativity all the time.
- Uttar Pradesh