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About Hegdeji

Born in Uttara Kannnada district of Karanataka, where the colorful Yakshagana opera holds sway, Parameshwar Hegde was drawn into music at a very young age. He started learning Hindustani music when he was barely ten. Very soon, under the guidance of  Sri.S.M.Bhat and Sri Pt.Chandrashekar Puranika Math, his interest in music grew into a passion.

It was in 1976 that Parameshwar Hegde went to Dharwad to seek advanced training under Pt. Basavaraj  Rajguru. The maestro took  an immense liking for the young vocalist. Over a decade and a half, he lovingly taught Parameshwar Hegde the best compositions from his amazingly vast repertoire.

An 'A' grade artist on All India Radio, Parameshwar Hegde has been featured in several national broadcasts. He has appeared on television also & is much sought after as a concert artiste. Now a resident of Bangalore, he is a major attraction at prestigious music festivals all over India and has also traveled on concert tours abroad, to the U.S.A, Canada, United Kingdom and the Gulf countries.

Without doubt, Parameshwar Hegde is a new star in the firmament of Indian classical music. Touched by the genius of Rajguru and illuminated by warm inner light all its own, his music brings joy to his admiring listeners.




His Music

The music of  Parameshwar Hegde is marked by an adherence to the principles of purity and restraint. It is distinguished by an intense quest for beauty through the medium of melody. Critics discern in Parameshwar Hegde's singing the most beautiful elements of Rajguru's music, which is the confluence of three gharanas- Kirana, Gwalior and Patiala. In addition, Parameshwar Hegde brings to his art his own fine imagination, which takes flight in passages of subtle and daring improvisation.

Gifted with an evocative voice with commendable octave range, Hegdeji brings to his vocalism an agile imagination, a passion for the purity of the swara coupled with clear intonation and a remarkable grasp with layakari. His taans are forceful and his rhythm play has a charm of its own. A dynamic fusion of swara and 'laya' which is the hallmark of the Gwalior Gharana informs the music of Hegdeji. Listening to his music is most definitely an exhilarating and a powerful musical experience. Hegdeji is also adept in rendering 'bhajans' 'padas' and 'vachanas' soulfully.

Parameshwar Hegde is undoubtedly a genuine custodian of the art of  Pt.Basavaraj Rajguru one of the greatest musicians of our era.




Pt. Basavaraj Rajguru and Hegdeji