Now Playing: Rudraveena
Ramachandra V. Hegde was born in 1953 at Halladkai in Sirsi Taluk, Karnataka in a family with a rich musical background. His grandfather was a well known musician in that area and as a child he grew up in a house steeped in music. He began learning Hindustani Vocal and is an accomplished singer but was fascinated by the Sitar. His love for the Sitar made him give up singing and soon he began his training under Pt. (Dr.) Bindu Madhav Pathak, a well known Sitar and Rudraveena player of the Bande Ali Khan Gharana. Under Pt (Dr.) Bindu Madhav Pathak’s guidance he soon learnt the intricacies of the Sitar. He was also lucky enough to get a guru who was an accomplished player of the Rudraveena.
The Rudraveena is not an easy instrument to master and there are only a handful of artists who play the Rudraveena. Under Pt (Dr.) Bindu Madhav Pathak’s guidance, Ramachandra Hegde was able to master both these classical Indian Stringed Instruments.
He has received scholarships from the State as well as the Central Government. He passed Sangeet Alankar (M. Music) from Gandharva Mahavidyalaya Mandal, Mumbai. He is a recognized artiste for the All India Radio and Doordarshan. He contributes regularly to programmes for All India Radio Dharwad and Doordarshan.
He received a Silver Shield from Vasudha Janmadinotsava Samiti in 1988.
He has also had the honour of playing the Rudraveena at the National programme of music.
He has also performed for the Music and Dance Academy of Karnataka and at the Mysore Dasara.
Apart from playing the Sitar and the Rudraveena, Ramachandra Hegde believes in keeping the music of the Rudraveena alive for generations to come. He teaches music and trains young pupils from all over the country. Many of his students have gone on to become All India Radio Artists themselves.
As a tribute to his father Shri Vishwanath Hegde and his Guru Pt. (Dr.) Bindu Madhav Pathak, Ramachandra V. Hegde started conducting a night music concert at his residence at Halladkai. He has been conducting this concert for the last few years and well known artistes from all over India perform at the concert.
Ramachandra Hegde has also conducted music for dramas for many years now.
He is currently serving as the Head of Department (Music) in M. M. Arts & Science College Sirsi.
Ramachandra V. Hegde
“SUSWARA”, Adarsha Nagar, Sirsi (N.K),
Karnataka- 581 402