|ShaChi Group has been active in the light music field for quite some
time. The Sharads, founder and core members of the group, come from a Gujarati Nagar family where music
has been a tradition, a way of life. They have given performances on stage, radio and television in India,
US and elsewhere. They have produced audio cassettes of selections from their live performances,
and studio-recorded stereo cassettes/CDs, like Sa-Ras Garba, Hriday Zankar, Mahol-e-Ghazal, and Swaraanjali with
traditional folk, devotional and light music melodies.
|During 2001-2006, they organized/conducted many cultural shows in Bakersfield, CA. They gave a 2-hour,
Janmashtami 2007 bhajans program at the Durga Temple, Fairfax, VA. During Navratri 2007, they held two
raas-garba programs with Dipesh Desai, a well-known Music Director of Gujarati films/TV. In 2008, they
conducted a Dandia Nite under the auspices of the India Literacy Project.
|The ShaChi Group has indulged in various forms of sugam sangeet like bhajans, garba‑raas,
ghazals, and lokgeet, both in Hindi and Gujarati.
|Artists for the program, Sur Sangam:
||Mrs Chitra Sharad, who leads the ShaChi Group, started her career in music formally with participation in children's
program on the All India Radio. She later on worked as a Transmission Executive/Duty Officer at the Ahmedabad
Station. Mrs Sharad has organized and conducted garba‑raas and cultural programs at Navratri time and
similar occasions earlier in Ahmedabad, and later in USA in about ten States.
||Her husband, Dick, also sang on the AIR, and has given performances with her in India, England, Saudi Arabia
and USA ‑ on stage, radio, and television.
|Neha, Neti and Alpa Sharad
||The talented young Sharads, Neha, Neti and Alpa, also sang American pop songs with a popular band, Purple
Flower, in Ahmedabad at public programs and on Doordarshan at Christmas/New Year time. Neha, the
eldest, continues to be an active music partner of her parents from childhood.
||the leader of the ILP program team, is a popular percussion artist in the DC metropolis,
with over 20 years of tabla playing experience in India and US. He also plays dhol and other
percussion instruments. He is a Tabla Visharad, and has studied tabla under Pandit
Ramesh Samant from Pune. He gives lessons in tabla-playing at his home in Chantilly, VA.
He works as an IT Manager.
a vocalist, has a passion for modern film songs (Hindi and Telugu) from childhood. He performs at
social gatherings and cultural functions. Lately in 2008, he performed at the Annual Day Celebration
of the India International School in Virginia. Venkatesh is a senior information officer.
is well known in the DC area as a cheerful emcee, skillful dholak player, and a devoted bhajan
singer. During his long music career, he has over 200 stage shows to his credit. He has
been a member of the Executive Board of the Durga Temple, active at year-round cultural events,
particularly conducting bhajan-keertan programs. He works in the field of finance.
has been playing harmonium, harmonica and keyboard for the past 27 years.
While in India, he formed a light music band called Raagas, and a Western music band Blue Ricks.
Also co-founded a light music band in US. He has performed with many cinemusicians
and directors in India, and for several organizations in US. Teaching music is a big passion
is a versatile musician, who has been playing the keyboard for many years. He is one of the
founder members of the band Mother Tongue, which indulges in a notable range of world music,
including Indian, Turkish, Mexican and Western pop/rock. He works as a researcher in
has explored different aspects of music over the years. He has demonstrated his versatility by
starting with the organ, and progressing onto tabla, guitar, dhol, ukulele, percussion and other
musical instruments. He has been an important part of the band, Mother Tongue, as the
lead guitarist. He works as an examiner for patents and trademarks, and intends to attend Law School in
the fall of 2009.
is quite comfortable with all forms of sugam sangeet, like bhajans, garba‑raas, ghazals, and lokgeet,
both in Hindi and Gujarati. She has been in love with music since childhood. She delights audiences
with her lovely voice singing at social gatherings like birthday parties and public functions.
She is also a fine drama/stage artist. She practices internal medicine in Maryland.