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Music is a universal language: Tribute to a legendary teacher Ms Kalyani Puranik

For over 15 years, the respected Ms Kalyani Puranik – affectionately known as “Didi” – relentlessly built bridges of love across different music genres for the younger generation.

Inspired by her rich experiences teaching students of various races and cultures at the Temple of Fine Arts, she started mapping the similarities across Indian and western classical music.

“All these different forms of music worked with the same set of swaras and modes,” Ms Puranik explained. “For almost every Indian raga, there is a parallel scale of western music and sometimes even Chinese music – even though it recognizes only five of our seven swaras.”

Hailing from Mumbai, Ms Puranik has over six decades of experience performing all over the world, in countries including US, UK, Canada, Indonesia and Singapore. She has a vast following in India and Singapore, and her students include professionals from all walks of life.

Connected to India had the pleasure of speaking to the sweet Ms Puranik on her love for music and inspiring the next generation of musicians. Watch the video to find out more about her journey, and what students love about her lessons.


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Punam is an accomplished Broadcast Professional with over 21 years of hands-on experience in Broadcast Industry, anchoring news and sports-based programs targeted at Asian audiences. A Chevening Scholar at Cardiff University, she worked as an Editor, Anchor and Producer for organisations like ESPN, TV Today and India Today. Recognised as the first Indian female news anchor for international sports broadcaster at ESPN. Out of box thinker with innovative programming initiatives that led to winning of prestigious awards.