Ramakant Gaikwad is a young and promising rising star on the horizon of Indian Classical Vocal Music. Born on 13th May 1988, he started taking lessons at very tender age of 4 from his father Shri. Suryakant Gaikwad who himself is “Sangeet Alankar” and his mother Shrimati Sangita Gaikwad who herself is “Sangeet Visharad”. Following ‘Patiyala’ style or ‘Gharana’. Ramakant learnt in the music institute by name ‘Hari Om Sangeet Kala Mancha’ run by his father Shri. Suryakant Gaikwad. Young Ramakant started performing on the stage at a very tender age of 6. His natural talent and his musical sense brought appreciation from the common listeners as well as the connoisures of music. Even today, hearing his sonorous voice and mature rendering of delicacies of Raga. Ramakant has large number of awards and championships alreay under his belt.
Awards and Achievements:
2nd Prize in Hindustani Classical Vocal Competition conducted by “VEDIC HERITAGE NEW YORK,U.S.A.” & “Pt. JASRAJ Foundatition, NEW YORK,U.S.A” Awarded by Padmabhushan Pt. Jasraj in the presence of Ustad Shahid Parvez, Smt. Madhavi Mudgal, Smt.Arti Ankalikar and Pt. Vijay Ghate.
1st Prize in Classical vocal music contest (state level), arranged by Shrirang Kala Niketan, Pune,
1stClass in VISHARAD PRATHAM (conducted by Akhil Bhartiya Gandharva Mahavidyalaya Mandal Mumbai
‘Pt. Ram marathe Puraskar’ awarded by Pt. Yashwantbuwa Joshi.
1st Prize in Classical music competition arranged by “Deval Club Kolhapur”
‘Gunidas-Pt.Jannathbua Purohit Sangeet Pu-raskar’ Award
1st Prize in “Swarmadhuri” intercollegiate classical vocal music competition arranged by Modern college, Pune by the hands of Smt. Shobha Abhyankar
1st Prize in ‘Hindusthani Vocal Music Competition’ arranged by Pune’s Crown ‘Fergusson College-“Abhivyakti Kalakendra” on 29th Dec 2005. Prize awarded by Shri Ravindra Ghangurde.
1st Prize in ‘Hindustani Classical Music Competition’arranged by SADHNA ART CIRCLE,Pune on 28 April 2006.Prize awarded by Pt.Suresh Talwalkar, Pt.Bhai Gaytonde, Pt.Arwindkumar Azaad
2nd Prize in ‘Natsamrat Balgandharwa Classical Vocal Music Competition’ arranged by ‘Pune Bharat Gayan Samaaj’, on 15th July 2004.
1st Prize in Classsical Music Competition arranged by ‘Akhil Bhartiya Sanskrutik Sangh’ on 21 May 2006.
3rd Prize in State Level Classical Vocal Music Contest arranged by ‘Panwel Cultural Centre’ on 12 Feb 2006. Prize awarded by Pt. Narayanrao Bodus.
3rd Prize in Classical Vocal Music Contest arranged by ‘Deval Club Kolhapur’ 5 Aug 2006.
2nd Prize in Semi-classical Music Competition arranged by ‘Prashant Damle Fan Foundation’. Prize awarded by a renouned Artist Shri Gajananrao Watve.Judges for the competition were Shri. Yashwant Dev, Shri. Ashok Patki & Smt. Madhuwanti Dandekar.
1st Prize in “Elite Idol” Semiclassical Music Competition arranged by ‘Lions Club of Pune’ on 23 August 2005, Ramakant was awarded the “Elite Idol” by the famous poet Shri Sudhir Moghe.
1st Prize in Semi-Classical Music Competition arranged by ‘Suryoday Foundation’ in the year 2003. Prize awarded by Mayor of Pune Mrs.Deepti Choudhary.
1st Prize in Semi-Classical Music Competition arranged by ‘Mohammad Rafi Art Foundation’on 24 December 2003.Prize awarded by Famous cartoonist Shri Mangesh Tendulkar.
1st Prize in Hindustani ‘Khayal’ Competition arranged by Kalyan Gayan Samaaj ,Kalyan (Mumbai). Prize awarded by Pt.Dinkar Panshikar, Mrs.Vandana Bhagwat.
2nd Prize in Semi Classical Music Competition arranged by ‘Dadar Matunga Cultural Centre-Mumbai’. Prize awarded by By Shri. Ashok Patki and Smt. Rajshri Pathak.
1st Prize in Classical Music Competition arranged by ‘Srujan Youth Festival 2007, Baramati. Prize awarded by famous actress Ms.Amrita Khanvilkar.
1st Prize in Music Competition arranged by ‘Amar Mitra Mandal Vasai’ in Jan 2008. Prize Awarded by Pt. Narayen Bodus & Pt. Murali Manoher Shukla.
At the age of 10,Ramakant was awarded by the great Harmonium Wizard Pt.Appasaheb Jalgaonkar & Dr.Sudhakar Marathe on 18th August 1998 in Pune at Balgandharwa Rangmanch.
At the age of 8, Ramakant was awarded by Minister Shri Sharad Pawar for his singing
2nd Prize in ‘E-TV URDOO’ program ‘GHAZAL SARA’ in 2003 where the judge was famous ghazal singer Ghanshyamji Waswani
Important Scholarships and Important Programs
Sawai Gandharva Scholorship-2007. (for 3 years)
Scholorship from NCPA (Mumbai) in 2007
Government Scholarship for 3 years in 2008
Scholarship from ‘Jaipur James Trust’ Mumbai Awarded by Pt.Shivkumar Shar-ma in dec2007
Classical & Semiclassical Performance in ‘Hyderabad Ramoji Film City’, in the year 1999 which was broadcasted on ‘E-TV’
Special music concert in NEW YORK U.S.A. in 2006
Classical Music Performance on Mumbai Radio(Asmita Vahini)Arranged by ‘ITC-Sangeet Research Acedemy’
Classical Music Concert in ‘Ambernath Sangeet Sabha’ through ‘ITC-Sangeet Research Acedemy’
Concert at ‘Gandharva Mahavidyalaya -Pune’,2007