Surmani Dr. Dattatreya Velankar is an accomplished Hindustani classical performer, teacher, academician and the founder of Shadja Kala Kendra, Bangalore, India. He is a disciple of renowned Gwalior-Kirana Gharana maestro, Pt. Vinayak Torvi and Keertanacharya Lakshmandas Velankar. For more than 3 decades, he has pursued rigorous training under Torviji, who has blessed Dattatreya with Ganda Bandan Deeksha. He is gifted with a rich and graceful voice, his exquisite rendition style has won him many critical acclaims and accolades, both in India and abroad. 

Shadja Kala Kendra Trust ® 

All forms of Indian Music begin with the note “Shadja” (Sa). In music, ‘Shadja’ is the most important swara. “Shadja Kala Kendra” gets its name from this swara. The main aim of Shadja is to promote and teach Classical Music, along with music-oriented forms like Katha-Keerthan. Our institution is proud of the fact that it has been contributing to the field of music.

It was on September 11th, 2011 in Malleswaram, Bangalore that our dream took shape with the co-operation of a famous industrialist and Hari Guru Devotee, Sri. Chempi Umesha Venkatesha Bhat, and Shadja Kala Kendra was established. The stalwart of Harikatha form, Santa Bhadragiri Achyuta Das-ji, and Gwalior-Kirana Gharana’s most acclaimed singer Pt. Vinayak Torvi-ji inaugurated this institution and blessed us.