Kedar Naphade, is one of the today’s leading exponents of the art of Harmonium Solo and Accompaniment. He is well known as a performer and teacher and also has several new compositions to his credit.
He received preliminary training in Hindustani Classical Music from his grandfather, Shri Dadasaheb Naphade and from Shri Arvind Gajendragadkar. For over 15 years, Kedar has been a leading disciple of Pt. Tulsidas Borkar, one of the most acclaimed harmonium players in India today. Kedar has also had the privilege of training under Smt. Padmavati Shaligram-Gokhale, a veteran singer of the Atrauli-Jaipur gharana.
Kedar has performed harmonium solo and has accompanied vocalists at numerous concerts in India, US, Canada and Europe, including prestigious festivals and venues such as the Alladiya Khan Smruti Samaroha in Mumbai, The Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Center in New York, The Smithsonian Institute in Washington D.C etc. He has also been featured on National Public Radio in the US and has been broadcast on several radio stations in the US and UK.
He has shared the stage with luminaries such as his guru Smt. Padmavati Shaligram-Gokhale, Pt. Jasraj, Pt. Ulhas Kashalkar, Pt. Swapan Chaudhary, Smt. Prabha Atre, Smt. Laxmi Shankar, Smt. Veena Sahasrabuddhe, Smt. Arati Ankalikar, Smt. Ashwini Bhide, Smt. Kaushiki Chakraborty etc. He has also collaborated with Grammy Nominees Smt. Chandrika Tandon & Pt. Tejendra Narayan Muzumdar.