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Devaki Pandit is a singer of classical, semi-classical, light and devotional music from Maharashtra.

Pandit received her initial music training from her mother Smt. Usha Pandit. She then trained under Vasantrao Kulkarni, Kishori Amonkar, Jitendra Abhisheki. Devakitai is currently receiving instruction from Babanrao Haldankar. In light music, she counts poet-composer Sudhir Moghe among her gurus.

She started performing at the age of nine and did her first recording at the age of twelve, but came into the limelight when she was given a break by Hridaynath Mangeshkar in a programme on doordarshan. A highly talented singer, she has not only given performances in India, but has undertaken concert tours all over the world at the invitation of prestigious institutions. She has also sung for various films, with renowned music directors. However, her focus remains on Hindustani classical music. She has been also being honored as one of the judges in the very famous Marathi Programme called Idea SaReGaMaPa on Zee Marathi, along with Avadhut Gupte.

Awards and recognitions

  • Kesarbai Kerkar Scholarship - the only person to receive it twice consecutively
  • Maharashtra State Award for "Best Female Playback Singer" (Film Ardhangi) in 1986
  • Maharashtra Government Award for "Best Female Playback Singer" in 2002
  • Alpha Gaurav Puraskar in 2001 and 2002
  • Mewati Gharana Award in 2002
  • Received best judge award in marathi saragamapa for her critical but intelligent comments.

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