Dharwad, the source of brilliant gems adorning the Indian classical music
scene, such as Pandits Mallikarjun Mansoor, Kumar Gandharva
and Bhimsen Joshi has thrown up another sparkling jewel to perpetuate
its glorious tradition. Geeta Javadekar is a name that discerning listeners
have already started associating with the rich heritage of her birthplace.
Her rich and finely grained voice, with the ringing quality of bell metal,
can take on the subtlest and softest nuances of any score. Crystal-clear,
flowing 'taan' patterns are the hallmark of her singing. With intensive
training and riyaz, she has emerged as a front ranker amongst vocalists.
In addition to classical music, audiences are mesmerized by her rendition
of light classical themes such as bhajans in various languages, thumris, etc.
Geeta was initiated into music at the age of 10 by Shri R. P. Hugar and swiftly
went on to bag top honours at district and state-level contests. She topped the
merit list in both, the 'Sangeet Visharad' and 'Sangeet Alankar' examinations
and received a scholarship from the Mysore State Sangeet Natak Academy. She
stood first in the B.A. (Music) examination of Karnataka University with a
record number of marks. Academically, she crowned her career with M.A. (Honours)
in English Literature.
Geeta continued her tutelage under great maestros:
Pt. Panchakshari, Smt. Padmavati Shaligram and Pt. Ratnakar Pai and also
received guidance from Padma Vibhushan Pandit Mallikarjun Mansoor.
An "A" grade artist of All India Radio and Doordarshan (India's national
television network), Geeta has performed at innumerable places - including the Durbar Hall of the Mysore Palace, the Savai Gandharv Festival at Pune,
The National Center for Performing Arts, Mumbai and at various prestigious
music conferences all over India as well as in the United States, Europe, Japan,
and the Gulf.
She has toured the US several times for concert performances, which include key programmes organized by the Indian Academy of Performing Arts at Rutgers
University, NJ, Basant-Bahar in the Bay Area, California, Triveni & the SV Temple organization in Pittsburg, PA as well as the Raga Music Circle in Manhattan, NY.
In February 2008, Smt. Geeta Javadekar was awarded the prestigious Vardharaj Adya Memorial Award, instituted by Karnataka Sangha in Mumbai. She was honored for rendering distinguished service in the field of music and promoting closer ties between the people of the neighbouring Indian states, Karnataka and Maharashtra.