Pandit Parameshwar Hegde
Born in Uttara Kannada district of Karnataka in a family that is greatly inclined towards music, Pandit Parameshwar Hegde’s musical journey started off at a very young age.
Having trained in classical music under the initial guidance of great gurus and artistes of Indian classical music – Sri S M Bhat and Pandit Chandrashekhar Puranik Math, Hegdeji moved to Dharwad seeking an advanced level of training from Padma Bhushan Pandit Basavaraj Rajguru.
Pandit Hegde’s gayaki is a beautiful blend of Kirana, Gwalior and Patiala Gharana. This, coupled with Hegdeji’s soulful voice and mastery over the subtle intricacies, while maintaining the purity of Hindustani classical music, has earned him fame and accolades. Hegdeji is an A graded artiste of the All India Radio and has given concerts across country at popular music festivals such as Sawai Gandharva, Sapthak music festival, Hampi festival, AIR Sangeeth Sammelan, Dasara festival, Mysore and many more. He has also extensively toured USA, UK, Canada and the Gulf countries. Hegdeji was awarded the prestigious Kannada State Award (Rajya Prashasti) in the year 2005.
Panditji currently resides in Bangalore and runs Rajguru Smruti Trust, which aims to propagate Indian Classical music. A task master and a perfectionist, Hegdeji teaches music at Parameshwar Hegde Sangeet Academy and has a growing student following across the globe.