|Shashikala Arun Dani|
Shashikala Dani - Jal Tarang Concert
11 October 1960|
Hubballi, Dharwad District, Karnataka State, India
|Genres||Indian classical music|
|Occupation(s)||State Bank of Mysore(VRt.), Hindustani Classical Instrumentalist|
Shashikala Dani (Kannada: ಶಶಿಕಲಾ ದಾನಿ, ? |Hindi: शशिकला दानी, Shashikalā Dāni ?) is a Hindustani multi-instrumentalist. She is one of the few artists and presently the only recognised female exponent of a rare Indian instrument, the Jal Tarang (Kannada: ಜಲ ತರಂಗ, ? |Hindi: जल तरंग, ?).
Jalatarang (or Jal Tarang) is a rare Hindustani Classical Indian instrument, containing several porcelain bowls varying in size from big to small (left to right), tuned to perfection by adding water to them. Jalatarang is an instrument which shot its prominence in the 17th century in Greece during the time of Alexander. As it is played by striking the bowls with sticks, the gayaki is almost absent which is considered as the heart of khyal (Vocal) representation. Also, it is challenging to replicate the tones as there is no possibility of meend in this particular instrument.
Shashikala was born in Hubballi, a city in the district of Dharwad in the Karnataka State of India, to Rukmini and Dhondiba Warang. Born in a musical family, she started learning music at a tender age of 10 from her guru, her father Shri D. R. Warang. She gave her first public performance at the very age of 17. Being a B-High grade All India Radio and Doordarshan artist, she overlooks al the severe drawbacks of the instrument during her play.
Awards and Recognitions
- Selected twice for Scholarship by Karnataka Sangeeta Nritya Academy - 1982, 1985
- First at National level Inter-Bank Music Competition held in Chennai - 1991
- 'Gāna Gangā' life-achievement award by Padmavibhushan Dr. Gangubai Hangal. - 2009
- Veer Rani Kittur Chennamma award - 2016
- Kundagol Music Festival, Kundagol - 1992, 2005
- Hubli Arts Circle, Hangal Music Foundation, Hubballi - 2005
- Dharwad Sangeet Utsav, Dharwad - 2006, 2014
- Academy of Performing Arts, Belagavi - 2007
- Panchakshari Gavayi Punyatithi, Gadag - 2007
- Jalatarang - Sitar Jugalbandi with Shrinivas Joshi, Hubballi and Koppal - 2008
- Jalatarang - Violin Jugalbandi with Vadiraj Nimbargi, Dr. Mallikarjun Mansur Rāshtriya Smarak Trust, Mansur - 2010
- 79th All India Kannada Sāhitya Sammelan, Vijayapura - 2013
- Shri Manikprabhu Sansthan, Maniknagar - 2014
- Hubballi Kannada Sahitya Sammelan - 2016
- 'World Water Day', Dr. Da. Rā. Bendre Rāshtriya Smārak Trust, Dharwad - 2015
- 'Adamya Chetana Seva Utsav', Bengaluru - 2016
- 'MahāShivratri Utsav', Gayatri Tapobhoomi, Hubballi - 2106
- 'MahāShivratri Utsav', Gokarna - 2016 and other major events at Bengaluru, Goa, Chennai
- "Gangubai to honour musicians". Times of India. 3 March 2009. Retrieved 24 March 2016.
- "'Festival of Music' to be held during Gangubai's birthday celebration - Deccan Herald - Internet Edition". archive.deccanherald.com. Retrieved 2016-03-26.
- "Devotional tribute". The Hindu. 2011-01-07. ISSN 0971-751X. Retrieved 2016-03-25.