I was amazed to hear Chandrakant Prabhakar Sardeshmukh (who is barely eight years old) play the Sitar with such confidence ! Considering his young age, he played Raga Todi so well, and seemed to enjoy himself playing. A sheer prodigy ! I hope he grows up to be a great Sitaria by the grace of god. My best wishes are for him.
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Pt. Ravishankar, Pune, India, May 13 1963
I was very much pleased to hear master Chandrakant Prabhakar Sardeshmukh, son of Shri Prabhakar Keshav Sardeshmukh of Poona on 7th Sept. 1963. This little boy with his tiny Sitar is really a prodigy. This is the time when he needs great care and encouragement.
I strongly feel that if further educatin in sitar is provided this boy would achieve high standard of Indian Music
Abdul Halim Jaffer Khan, Dated 22-12-1963
I had the pleasure of listening of Shri Chandrakant Sardeshmukh, a boy bearly 9 years old, playing on the Sitar, today. It was indeed a very thrilling experience. His command of rhythm and his imagination in raga elaboration is truly remarkable. I do hope earnestly that the boy will flower-out into a musician of the highest form.
Dr. B. C. Deva
Special Officer (Music)
Sangeet Natak Akademy, National Academy of Music, Dance and Drama for India.
Dated the 1st Oct. 1963
Minister for Petroleum and Chemicals
Govt. of India, New Delhi.
Dated 7th July 1964