Carnatic Vocalist, Uttar Pradesh, India
Shubha Mudgal is a well-known Indian singer of Hindustani classical music, Khayal, Thumri, Dadra, and popular Indian Pop music.
Born in an academic family to Skand and Jaya Gupta in Allahabad, Uttar Pradesh. Both her parents were Professors of English Literature at Allahabad University, with deep interest in Classical Hindustani Music and Kathak. Her paternal grandfather, Prof. P. C. Gupta was also a Professor at Allahabad University.
She attended St. Mary's Convent Inter College. As a young girl she started learning Kathak in Allahabad following the foot steps of her sister. She once replied to a dance examiner's routine query of "Aap kis gharaane ki naachti hain? (What style/form do you dance?)" with the retort, "Hum apne gharaane ki naachti hain (I dance my own style)". She later switched to Hindustani Classical Music as her vocation of choice while maintaining the same individualistic attitude. Her first traditional teacher (guru) was Pandit Ramashreya Jha in Allahabad.
Shubha moved to New Delhi, and enrolled at the Delhi University. She continued her musical education under Pandit Vinaya Chandra Mudgalya at the urging of her first guru. After graduating from the University, her training continued under Pandit Vasant Thakar in Delhi, and more informally with other established singer as Pandit Jitendra Abhisheki, Naina Devi and Pt. Kumar Gandharva.
Shubha Mudgal started performing as a Hindustani Classical Singer in the 80's, and gained a certain reputation as a talented singer. In the 90's, she started experimenting with other forms of music, including pop and fusion varieties. She says, "I believe in music. Khayal and Thumri are my favourites, but that does not mean that I should not experiment with other forms. Why should I curtail my musical urges?" asks the singer and adds, "I want to allow the artist in me to come through. If you are a musician, how can you say, 'this one is from devotional poetry, so I am not going to sing it. In addition to her recordings and concerts, she briefly runs a website called raagsangeet.com aimed at lovers of Classical Indian Music.
Awards & Recognitions
Ali More Angana (1996)
Classically Yours (1999)
Ab ke Sawan
Pyaar Ke Geet
Mann Ki Manjeree
Kisson Ki Chadar (2003)
Shubh Deepavali (2005)
The Awakening (2006)
No Stranger Here (2012)
1996 National Film Award for Best Non-Feature Film Music Direction for 'Amrit Beej'
1998 Gold Plaque Award for Special Achievement in Music, at the 34th Chicago International Film Festival
the Padma Shri in 2000