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Sontakke Prakash
Sontakke Prakash

Sontakke Prakash

Proffesional Musician

PRAKASH SONTAKKE PRODUCTIONS

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Extensive travelling and working with different musicians as well as audiences all over the world has inspired Prakash to come up with very simplified ways of teaching even the most complex theories of Hindustani Classical . Being simple is not easy its actually much much more “tougher than being complex” He is also working on his Phd on the topic ” the growth and development of Hawaiian Guitar in Hindustani Classical Music ” which is almost near to completion and has an in depth analysis of the growth of this beautiful instrument in the Indian Classical Music scene . Prakash has successfully given Lecture Demonstrations all over the world namely Canada South America , Jakarta , Bangkok, Thailand ,Malaysia , in all leading world music festivals of British Columbia , Vancouver ,Victoria University ,Toronto, California , Florida , New York ,Oslo ,Trondheim,Bergen and many more academies and universities all over the world
Currently with the Octavium and ShankarmahadevanAcademy
My role model
KUMAR GANDHARVA , JEFF BECK, OMKARNATH T HAKUR AND PINK FLOYD
Mainly because each and everyone of them did something unique about their work and the world accepted them for it .
Ensuring success
Networking , Adding friends , taking advices form people who can make important changes in life of others . Taking more and more different forms of music to people .
My strongest skill
Innovation and Marketing ,Precision , Commitment , Communication skills
Couple of years from now
Making huge developments and revolutionizing the music industry.
Influenced by
MY MOTHER AND FATHER, STEVE JOBS
My family background
I Prakash Sontakke belong to the illustrious Gwalior Gharana . My father Dr RB Sontakke is one of the senior most disciples of Pt Omkarnath Thakur and his mother Dr Mani Sontakke is the disciple of Pt Lalmani Mishra. Both Dr R B Sontakke and Dr Mani Sontakke were Educators in Benaras Hindu University for well over 40 years. Dr R B Sontakke and Dr Mani Sontakke established the Hindustani Sangeet Vidyapeeth in Bangalore where they have coached hundreds of students who are also busy performers in the field.
Degree that I recommend
MASTERS DEGREE IN MUSIC , DOCTORATE AND PHD
Important lesson learned
HARD WORK PATIENCE PERSEVERANCE COMMUNICATION SKILLS
My achievements
The only musician from Karanataka playing the Slide Guitar and the only one to have won the Independent World Music Awards, USA and the Nashville Award for composers where MY composition was chosen over the maestro Illayaraja and AR REHMAN
Important decision
MAKING MUSIC AS A FULL TIME PROFESSION AND WORKING TOWARDS IT
Thoughts on Education system of our country
IT HAS TO INVOLVE LOT OF ARTS FOR BUILDING PERSONALITY AND COMMUNICATIVE SKILLS
Qualities needed to become a successful leader
BE A GOOD LISTENER , OBSERVER AND BE CONFIDENT TO OFFER SOLUTIONS TO PEOPLE WHICH WILL REALLY HELP THEM
Initiative to develop a country
INTERACT PARTICIPATE AND RESPECT ALL PROFESSIONS
Brief description about me
The only musician from Karanataka playing the Slide Guitar and the only one to have won the Independent World Music Awards, USA and the Nashville Award for composers where his composition was chosen over the maestro Illayaraja. An A grade artiste from Akashvani and Doordarshan Prakash has toured extensively with his troupes namely ”The Prakash Sontakke Group” (Neo Classical Fusion), International Trio “Lehera” (World Fusion ), “Moonarra” (Jazz and Classical fusion ) , “New Life” on the lines of Sufi World Fusion with Ace Drummer and Percussionist Sivamani and noted Sufi Vocalist Runa Rizvi. “FOOD” (progressive Electronic Jazz crossover) where he performs with British Saxophone Maestro Iain Ballamy and the phenomenal Norwegian Drummer Thomas Stronen.More recently with the FIGURA ENSEMBLE from Denmark where he performs with a Mezzo-soprano, three musicians, a composer, a poet and an architect, FIGURA Ensemble is a musical collective with a mind of its own.
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