Suryaksha Deshpande is fortunate enough to have a good Literary and Musical heritage . His father Shri.Prakash Deshpande is a retired Professor of English and an eminent writer and critic in Marathi and his mother Prof. Hema Deshpande herself is a vocalist, disciple of Pt. Babanrao Haldankar( veteran of Agra Gharana).
He has taken tremendous efforts in balancing his academic career and Tabla training.1977 born, Science Graduate Suryaksha is a disciple of renowned scholar and performer Pt. Arvind Mulgaonkar of Farrukhabaad Gharana (senior disciple of Ustad Amir Hussein Khan Sahab) . He has also received training of “Delhi Baaz” from Pt. Sudhir Mainkar – a great Musicologist – disciple of Inam Ali Khan Sahab of Delhi Gharana. He has won many prizes in competitions held by reputed organisations and was also felicitated with prestigious V. D. Paluskar Award ( Mumbai).
He has a great national honour at his credit having secured First Class First Rank in Tabla Alankar (Masters Degree) Exam held by Akhil Bhartiya Gandharva Mahavidyalaya.
He is also a recipient of the prestigious National scholarship awarded by the Dept.of Culture,Govt. Of India
He is an ‘A’ Grade artiste of All India Radio and Doordarshan. He has performed in the National Program on All India Radio.
He has proved his versatile skills as a soloist as well as an accompanist. He has performed extensively in different parts of India and abroad .He has accompanied Padmabhushan Dr.N.Rajam (violin),Padmashee Pt. D.K. Datar (violin),Padmashree Pt.Satish Vyas(santoor),Pt. Ulhas Bapat (santoor),Smt.Ashwini Bhide –Deshpande (vocal), ,Shri.Ravindra Chary (sitar) Shri. Utsav Lal (piano) and many others.
He was recently awarded the Fellowship for Jr.Artists by the Dept. Of Culture ,Govt. Of India