Samarth Nagarkar is a Hindustani classical vocalist, known for his captivating performances and traditionally rich music.
Samarth features in prominent music festivals and venues in India and abroad including The ITC Sangeet Sammelans, The United Nations, World Music Institute, Chhandayan All Night Concert, Ragas Live Festival at the Rubin Museum of Art, Kashinath Bodas Festival, and several Global music festivals like The Winter Garden Festival and The International Fringe Festival. He has performed in some of the most iconic and historic venues such as Maverick Concerts in Woodstock, the Rockwood Music Hall, Jazz gallery and The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York.
He has two albums titled ‘Pranali’ and ‘Pravah’ and a book titled ‘Raga Sangeet’ to his credit. He has composed music for major international films and conventions. Samarth is a recipient of a Fellowship from the Ministry of Culture, Government of India and a President’s Award for winning the All India Radio’s National Music Competition.
He is currently Guru and Director of Academic Affairs at Chhandayan, a prominent Indian music and dance school in New York City, and also teaches adjunct lectures and master-classes at Manhattan School of Music and New York University. Samarth was formerly head of the K. K. Kapoor Sangeet Research Academy in Lucknow. As a voice coach, he has trained celebrities such as Priyanka Chopra, Grammy nominee Chandrika Tandon and others.
He is a former scholar of the prestigious ITC Sangeet Research Academy, Kolkata and has trained in the strict guru-shishya parampara under two renowned gurus and top ranking musicians, Pandit Ulhas Kashalkar and Pandit Dinkar Kaikini.
Pursuing a full-fledged career as a performer, composer, teacher and author, Samarth is described by critics as one of today’s most prolific performers and a torchbearer of the traditions he represents.