of Santoor from folk instrument to a Classical instrument has been
of the most promising and in a way, unique among them has been the hands
of Pt.Ulhas Bapat who is a highly accomplished Santoor player and has
made his mark in the competitive world of music. He has made his debut
as a Santoor exponent in 1975 with a chamber concert for Sancharini, an
organization founded by Pt. Ravi Shankar
then he has kept up a steady stream
Bapat born in 1950, was drawn towards music at the tender but fortunately
for him, at the right age of five. He began learning the Tabla under the
noted Tabla player Pt. Ramakant Mhapsekar.
This early training instilled a sense of rhythm in Ulhas, which was to
prove fruitful in the later years. He then took to vocal music. After
an initial training under his father
discovered the Santoor
and Santoor discovered Ulhas.
adopted the Santoor as the medium of his musical expressions.
Today perhaps Pt. Ulhas Bapat is the only Santoor exponent who actually tunes his instrument by the chromatic system (fixed tuning) and plays accordingly.