Press Review

Sheer prodigy

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.

Read Pt. Ravi Shankar's Certificate,1963

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

table> I listened with great pleasure to a Sitar solo by Chandrakant P. Sardeshmukh. Chandrakant is a boy of 9, but has already acquired great proficiency in music. In fact, the performance he gave would have done credit to any of our first rate artists. He played with feeling and imagination and if one shut one's eyes, one would think that a master was playing on the Sitar. Chandrakant Sardeshmukh has musical gift of an exceptionally high order. He is also otherwise extremely intelligent and I was glad to hear that he is top of his class in almost every subject. His success has not in any way affected him and he has a child's simplicity and gentleness. With proper training and care he should one day make a mark in the world of music and win fame in India and abroad.

Humayun Kabir
Minister for Petroleum and Chemicals
Govt. of India, New Delhi.
Dated 7th July 1964