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Gandharva Choir

Gandharva Choir

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Creative, innovative and experimental, the 31 member Gandharva Choir has presented hundreds of striking performances of Indian choral music in India and abroad over the last four decades. Founded in 1972 under the leadership of Pt Vinaya Chandra Maudgalya, the Gandharva Choir is presently conducted by Pt Madhup Mudgal.

The Gandharva Choir has successfully experimented with classical and folk styles of music. It not only specializes in difficult classical forms such as Dhrupad, Dhamar, Varnam, Kriti and Tarana, but is equally adept at patriotic, devotional and folk forms. Its extensive repertoire includes hymns from the ancient Vedas, compositions in the Hindustani as well as Carnatic styles of music, Rabindra Sangeet and modern experimental works involving the use of harmony.

In 1972, the Gandharva Choir represented India at the Third International Choral Festival held in the United States under the auspices of the Lincoln Center for Performing Arts in New York City. As part of the festival, the Choir gave performances at the Kennedy Center, Lincoln Center and at several American Universities. The Choir also participated in the International Choral Festivals held in Philippines in 1981, and Hungary & Poland in 1984.

The Gandharva Choir performs regularly at various prestigious Government functions, as well as for the Doordarshan (the National TV channel of India), and the All India Radio. It has been featured in various festivals all over the country.


Presented with Sage Gateshead. 
Supported by SAMA Arts Network, Indian Council for Cultural Relations, The Nehru Centre & The Arts Council England.






GemArts Masala Festival 2016 was named winner of the Arts Council Award at the Journal Culture Awards 2017.

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