Early Life of Deepa Ranganath
Deepa Ranganath started showing her talent in the realm of music at the tender age of 2 years. She was initiated to North Indian classical music under the expert tutelage of Smt. Madhuri Dandage, who has been regarded as an illustrious representative of the Kirana Gharana. Later on, at the age of 14 years, she obtained her graduation degree Sangeet Visharad in vocal music. Currently Deepa Ranganath is receiving training in an advanced form under the legendary tutelage of maestros of Indian classical music Ustad Dilshad Khan and Begum Parveen Sultana. In the year 1993, she was inducted to the school of Hindustani classical music run by Ustad Dilshad Khan and Begum Parveen Sultana after a tradition old 'audition' process. Since then Deepa Ranganath has never looked back.
Apart from being an illustrious classical vocalist, Deepa Ranganath has also exhibited her brilliance in the fields of academics. She is an English (Honours) graduate from Delhi University then studied MBA from FORE School of Management, New Delhi. She then started working as the consultant in an organization. The organization deals with research and training projects for the development sector.
Career of Deepa Ranganath
Deepa Ranganath gave her debut performance in the year 1992 under the guidance of late Vidwan - Sangeeta Kalanidhi Shri. Maharajapuram Santhanam and she received well acclamation. After that she took part in the highly esteemed 'Tansen Thyagaraja Festival' that was held in Madras at the Narada Gana Sabha. Then onwards she has executed at Rasika Ranjana Saha, Kolkata, India International Centre, New Delhi and Sri Sanmukhananda Hall, Mumbai. Some other noted performances given by her are at New Delhi - India Habitat Centre Evenings, IHC Auditorium; Mumbai - Kalanyaya, "Barsi" in Memory, Music Festival, Matunga Cultural Centre Hall; Chennai - Indian Fine Arts, South Indian Annual Music Festival - Balamandir Hall; New Delhi - Pathik, A Forum for Music, Baithak Series; Doordarshan National TV - Rendition of Old Hindi Film Songs, Subah Savere; Doordarshan National TV - Interview and Performance, Subah Savere; Chennai - Tansen Festival, Shastry Hall; New Delhi - Swaralaya, Sangeet-Nritya Ustav, Kamani Auditorium. Today in the field of music, Deepa Ranganath has been considered as an aspiring artist who will carry forward the tradition of Indian classical music.
The school with which Deepa Ranganath is involved has been considered as the best of all the schools. Being a student of this school, Deepa Ranganath has however created her own distinctive style. Her main aim is to exercise different types of 'Voice Culture' in order to bridge "Three Octaves" with ease and clarity. One of the unique characteristics of her training is that she has been trained in semi-classical aspects of Hindustani music like Thumri or Bhajans besides Khayal singing'. She sings low-key and was provocatively accurate to the Gharana's definitions of music.
Achievements for Deepa Ranganath
As an acknowledgement of her talent she has been conferred accolades like Best Student of the Year repeatedly from 1984 to 1989 at the Hindi Sangeet Institution; won several Inter-School and Inter-College competitions at state and national levels; in the year 1994, she was awarded Lady Sri Ram College for Women Award for Music; awarded Ambujam Krishna Award for Best Junior Artiste (Hindustani Vocal Music), Spirit of Youth Festival, Music Academy, Madras in the year 1993. In the year 1994, she was conferred the Madras Music Academy's Award for best junior artiste of the year. She has been empanelled with the Indian Council for Cultural Relations (ICCR), in the Council's Reference Panel of Artistes in the year1998.