Mahesh Kale



Excited to be doing playback for highly anticipated Marathi movie "Katyar Kaljat Ghusli" releasing on 12 Nov 2015.

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Mahesh Kale is an accomplished vocalist of the new generation with a captivating stage presence, that has along with his uncommon musicality and vocal dexterity, positioned him firmly on the national and international radar of the North Indian Classical Music community. As a disciple of Pandit Jitendra Abhisheki, he has an illustrious pedigree, and his thrilling performances bear this out.


His training under this doyen, has not only made him a brilliant classical vocalist, but has also made him equally proficient at Thumri, Dadra, Tappa, Bhajans, Bhavgeet, and Natyasangeet. He was initiated into music by his mother Smt. Meenal Kale (a disciple of Smt. Veena Sahasrabuddhe) and presently continues to receive guidance from Shri. Shounak Abhisheki.


Mahesh has established his presence firmly, as a popular artist and has performed extensively in India, USA, Europe, UAE, Southeast Asia. Mahesh has been playing the central character in a popular Sangeet Natak (musical), Katyar Kaljat Ghusli (Photos), for which, he was honored with an award by the Akhil Bharatiya Marathi Natya Parishad (2010). Mahesh had his debut performance at the prestigious Sawai Gandharva Music Festival (2011) which received a generous appreciation.


Mahesh maintains an open outlook towards music to reach out to the new generation, while retaining the traditions. He has performed with world famous percussionists including Zakir Hussain, Trilok Gurtu and Sivamani, and instrumentalists like Pedro Eustache and Frank Martin, in fusion and collaborative works, ably demonstrating his versatility as a composer and singer. In an effort to spread awareness and education about Indian classical music in the western world, Mahesh gives lecture-demonstrations in various universities in the USA (including Stanford and Harvard University) and was also profiled as Artist of the Month by Harvard Sangeet in 2008.


Mahesh is also a teacher and an inspiration for a motivated active student body of over two hundred students in the San Francisco Bay Area.


For Mahesh music started at home. He was fortunate to have his mother as his first Guru. He started learning music at the tender age of three. His basic liking for music is attributed to her. His mother, Meenal Kalewas a noted singer of her time in her own right. She initiated Mahesh into taking part in competitions and thus introduced him to the world of Indian music.

Mahesh also took lessons in Indian classical music from Purushottam Gangurde, a disciple of famous Guru Pt. Yeshwantbua Joshi.


A milestone in Mahesh’s life was his close association with Padmashree Pandit Jitendra Abhishekiji, one of the greatest Maestros of Indian classical Music. Pandit Jitendra Abhisheki had a revolutionary influence on the evolution of modern Indian classical, semi-classical and devotional music. Abhisheki was influenced by both the traditions of Indian Classical music and modern innovations. In addition to fusing traditional ragas with new compositions, Abhisheki introduced the western operatic style to the Marathi theater. His musical productions, including ‘Matsyagandha’, ‘Katyar Kaljat Ghusli’, ‘Yayati ana Devayani’ and ‘Lekure Udanda Jahali’, provided the elixir of youth to the dying art of Natya-Sangeet and inspired its revival in the late 1960s.


Panditji was not merely a classical singer. The critics always searched for the thinker that was hidden in Abhishekiji. He was a prominent singer of the Agra gharana. However he never believed in rigid compartments of sangeet gharanas. He was also influenced by the style of Jaipur gharana. There was an unusual conjunction of various gharanas of Indian classical music in Abhishekiji as it was evolved after deep thinking. Thus Mahesh has been groomed in the rich tradition of Indian classical music which has also been tempered to the liking of newer generation. Learning under his tutelage was an invaluable experience for Mahesh. It changed his perspective about the philosophy of music and transformed him into a more matured musician with a deep insight into Indian classical music.


After the sad demise of Pandit Jitendra Abhisheki, Mahesh has continued getting able guidance from Shounak Abhisheki, the son and disciple of the late Jitendra Abhisheki. Shounak is one of the foremost vocalists in India today, with a spectacular repertoire ranging from classical ‘khayal’ gayaki (a unique mixture of Agra and Jaipur schools), to bhajans, bhavgeets, and folk songs, to name a few. He has performed extensively at exclusive music conferences such as Sawai Gandharva Music Festival (equal in stature to the Mozart festival in Vienna), Vishnu Digambar Festival, and India International Center, as well as performing in USA, Middle East, and Russia.

Shounak, like his father, has the uncanny ability to captivate his audience. Also, like his father, he is a restless personality, always searching for new mediums, and never compromising on the perfect pitch and tempo in his musical renditions. Equipped with vast knowledge in all the faculties of Indian music, he is also a deep thinker and a great teacher too. Mahesh is indeed very fortunate to have him as his Guru.


 Mahesh Kale School of Music

Mahesh is also a teacher and an inspiration for a motivated active student body of over two hundred students in the San Francisco Bay Area. The school started in 2004 and has been spreading the joy of music and learning for past 10 years.



The following CDs are available for sale. Please email for purchase details.

ICMA Foundation

Indian Classical Music and Arts Foundation is a not-for-profit organization founded by Mahesh KaleTo preserve, nurture and celebrate Indian classical music through activities and projects aimed at exposing global audiences to this art form and aiding its sustainment through charitable initiatives.


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