Swarpradnya Pandit Milind Raikar

Pt. Milind Raikar is a renowned musician from Goa. He is an acknowledged Hindustani classical violinist of the present generation. He is known for his melodious & soulful style of playing the violin.

He is mainly the disciple of Violin Virtuoso Padmashri Pt. D. K. Datar (Gwalior Gharana) and Gaan Saraswati Kishori Amonkar (an erudite scholar & doyen of Jaipur Atrauli style of vocal music).

He performed for the first time as a singer at the tender age of five years. He began as a guitarist & a bongo player & later on completed the Grade IV in violin from the Trinity College of Music, London under the tutelage of Prof. A. P. Da Costa.

He has toured East African countries & Muscat along with the troupe of Indian Pop Star Remo Fernandes as the lead instrumentalist. He remained dedicated to Hindustani Classical Music, although he has learned & performed Western Classical Music.

His father Shri Atchut Raikar, a votary of the ancient Indian heritage of Classical Music, nurtured & encouraged him to dedicate himself to contribute in preserving & promoting the Indian heritage of Classical Music which is a treasure trove of Indian Culture since time immemorial.

He started learning initially from his father Shri Atchut Raikar & later from Pt. B. S. Math (Violinist from Dharwad). He also learnt from Pt. Vasantrao Kadnekar of Goa & in order to acquire the advanced skill of playing the violin, he came to Mumbai & started learning from from Padmashri Pt. D. K. Datar, the legendary violinist in the year 1986 , who accepted him as his disciple & imparted the techniques of playing the violin in the gayaki ang (vocal style) & soon he began to accompany his Guru on the violin.

Once in 1996 Gaan Saraswati Kishori Amonkar the leading exponent of Jaipur Atrauli Gharana happened to see him playing Raga Hamsadhwani on the TV show & was impressed with his talent & style of playing the violin. She offered to teach him the nuances of the Jaipur Atrauli style & he thereby became her dedicated disciple. He considers himself as privileged to have remained her accompanying violinist until her last breath & was fortunate that even during his absence, he was never replaced by any other violinist for her vocal recital.

He has cultivated his musical style as an ideal blend of the tutelage he has received from Gurus of high acclaim. His listeners appreciate his soothing & soul touching performance on the violin evolved into a unique individual style.

He has performed Classical Music concerts in India as well as USA, Germany, Switzerland, France, UAE, & East African countries.

He has established “Raikar Academy of Violin Pt, D. K. Datar Parampara” in the year 2006 to preserve & promote Hindustani Music on violin especially to propagate 'gayaki' style of playing the violin.

The students of varying ages from different parts of India and abroad come to learn from him. Some of the established instrumentalists also come to take advance training of “Gayaki ang” from him.

He has formed his own orchestra named as "Colors of Violin" Where in all students perform in group.

  • Recipient of scholarship from Govt. of India & Kala Academy Goa 1986 to 1993.
  • Gold Medal from All India Radio.
  • Jaycee’s Outstanding Young Award 1991.
  • Yuvanesh Puraskar 2005.
  • International Giants Award 2013.
  • Spandan Socio Award 2016
  • He was conferred the title of "Swarapradnya" by Hridayesh Arts Mumbai 2017
  • He is the first musician to receive the fellowship for "Civitella Ranieri Italy", his violin recital has been telecasted on RAI TV Italy.
  • He is the First Indian Classical violinist to perform in "Bang on the Can - New York" which was broadcasted by New York Radio.
  • "Tranquillity"
  • "Milap"
  • "Yeh Zindagi"
  • “Swar Pravah - Compilation of live concert"
  • "Relaxation" - Music Therapy (Released by Times Music, India)
  • "Desire" - Instrumental Classical Violin
  • "Dawn to Dusk" - Ragas Bairagi and Puriya Kalyan
  • "Serenity" - Indian Classical Violin (Released by Neelam Audio, USA)
  • "Rain Came Down in Torrents" by Tonus Labor Switzerland are available in the world of music.
  • "Guruvandana" - A tribute to my Guru Gaan Saraswati Kishori Amonkar (released by Times Music)
  • "Guruvandana" Album was nominated for GIMA Award 2016.
  • He has provided music direction for a documentary film "In Search of Truth" where in he sang the title song
  • He has association with the NGO *Anam Prem * to perform for the pain relief of cancer patients in different states of India from Kashmir to Chennai & also perform for the differently abled & in Old Age homes as a service to mankind.
  • Performed at Bharat Bhavan Bhopal
  • Manipal Sangit Samaroha, Mangalore
  • NCPA Mumbai
  • Nehru Centre Mumbai
  • DMCC Matunga, Mumbai
  • Master Dinanath Mangeshkar Sangit Sammelan, Goa
  • Kesarbai Kerkar Sangit Samaroha, Goa
  • ITC youth concerts Kolkotta
  • All Bengal conference, Kolkotta
  • Sureshbabu Mane Hirabai Barodekar Sangeet Sammela, Vilearle Mumbai
  • All India Radio of following places has broadcasted his Violin recitals. Ahmedabad, Mangalore, Dharwad, Sangli, Goa, and Mumbai
  • Performed in the Gaanwardhan Pune
  • First Indian Classical Violinist to perform in 'Bang On A Can'- New York, and the same concert was Broadcasted on New York Radio
  • Tonus Music Labor - Switzerland.
  • East and West Coast of USA .Places like, New Jersey, North Carolina, Washington, Providence, Virginia, Boston, Seattle, Portland, Phoenix, New York, California.
  • Civtella Ranieri Center Peruggia Italy.
  • Performed in RAI T.V. Italy.
  • I have been performing solo Violin in many music concerts and Sammelans.
  • Apart from this I have the privilege of accompanying many artists like Remo Fernandez, Anup Jalota, My Guru Pt. D. K. Datar, Neela Bhagwat, Devki Pandit, Babanrao Haldankar, and Gaan saraswati Kishori Amonmkarjee and more.
  • Many Cassettes and Cd company has released my Indian classical Violin Solo.
  • Tonus Labor (Music Company) of Swiss has recorded Raag Miya Malhar and Purya Dhanashree. Music Operator from France has recorded Raag Ahir Bhairav and a Duet with Pt Ronu Muzumdar.
  • I have performed on many TV Channels. Played background music to many TV serials and to films also. I have provided music Direction to the Documentary ‘In Search Of Truth’.
  • I have established Raikar Academy of Violin. To propagate and promote our style of ‘Gayaki Aang’ which is an unique style of playing. Recently toured USA and Italy, Swiss.
  • Learnt western from Kala Academy Goa, under the able guidance of Prof A. P. D’costa.
  • Passed Grade Four from Trinity College of London.
  • Passed Visharad from Akhil Bharatiya Gandharva Mandal - Miraj
  • Passed A alankar from Akhil Bharatiya Gandharva Mandal - Miraj
  • Learnt Basic from my Father Late Sri Atchut Raikar.
  • Learnt Basic Indian Violin form Pt V. R. Athavale (KA) and from B. S. Math from Dharwad.
  • Learnt Vocal from Pt. Vasantrao Kadnekar Desciple of Ganapatrao Devaskar Bomaby.
  • Learning from Padmashree Pt. D. K. Datar, since 1986.
  • Fortunately have been learning and accompanying Gaan saraswati Kishoritai Amonkar
  • Established the Raikar Academy of Violin Pt D.K. Datar Parampara in 2006. To propagate Our style of playing and to romote Indian Classical Music.