Pawar distinguished himself in the All India Radio, New Delhi, as Composer and Conductor, succeeding such stalwarts as Pt. Ravi Shankar - sitar, T.K. Jayarama Iyer - violin (Carnatic style), Panna Lal Ghosh - flute and Emani Shankar Shastry - veena (Carnatic style).SATYADEV PAWAR

Pawar, last of the mould, brought his erudition, training, virtuosity and rich tradition to the Vadya Vrind/National Orchestra to scale new heights. He has composed nearly 50 pieces, many of which received wide acclaim.

'Shanti Sandesh' - Message of Peace, under his baton, was played by the National Orchestra in the presence of late Prime Minister Indira Gandhi during the Asiad 1982.

In 1994 he conducted the National Orchestra with eight of his compositions for the President of India and 16 other Heads of State who visited India.

His enriched expositions of Composition laid emphasis on 'sur', 'laya' and 'taal' in the classical idiom to make them evergreen and a wholesome treat. His forte is in the dhrupad style with alap, jor and jhala and in the gayeki ang with alap, meend, gamak and taans.

He has travelled widely in India and participated in all the famous Music Festivals in the Country, such as Swami Haridas Jayanti, Shankarlal Music Festival, ITC Sangeet Sammelan, Tansen Sangeet Samaroh etc.

He has toured the world many times and has performed in all the major cities of U.S.A., U.K. and Europe. He has given concerts in the world reknowned Royal Albert Hall, Queen Elizabeth Hall and the Royal Festival Hall in London during 1970 to 1974 to packed and enthralled audiences. The Press took rave notices.

In 1974 at George Harrison's request, he became a 'Member of the Beatles' and Ravi Shankar's troupe in their 45 city tour, giving performances of music of East and West. He shared his sound knowledge of Indian classical violin technique with the inimitable Yehudi Menuhin, prior to Menuhin's concert tour with Pt. Ravi Shankar.

In January 1996 Pawar gave a scintillating performance at the Berkeley Sangeet Sammelan, organised by Sarod Maestro Ali Akbar Khan. In Paris, at the prestigious Theater De La Ville, he featured in another sparkling performance, to the delight of music lovers. Radio France honoured him by recording CDs which have proved to be very popular. He also participated in the project of the renowned Professor, Dr. Sandy, at the University of Berkeley, U.S.A., in his computerised recording programme of Violin solo with visual imagery besides the usual traditional Violin playing.

Over the years Pawar has received numerous awards, including the prestigious Rajasthan Sangeet Natak Academy Award, Jodhpur in 1987.

In 1995-96 he taught at the Ali Akbar Khan College of Music, San Anselmo, California. He has groomed many an aspirant in traditional Hindustani Classical music.

During a trip to Mauritius in November 1997, Pawar conducted a Lecture-cum-Demonstration Workshop for a fortnight for a group of 16 University Lecturers and Professional performing Artistes - comprising of vocalists, instrumentalists and percussionists - and imparted them the nuances of each branch of the Performing Arts for mutual co-ordination, understanding and appreciation of the discipline, in the Mahatma Gandhi Institute - a deemed University. He helped them in the art of preparation of a good Orchestra Composition with vocal, instrument and percussion and made a good Orchestra.

Pawar conducted classes for the choral group and imparted proper technical training in the aesthetic aspect and synchronisation as a composite group to bring about a consummate, cogent, cohesive and appealing effect to their efforts. He also gave a delectable solo Violin recital at the Indira Gandhi Institute for Performing Arts to a knowledgeable and appreciative audience.


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