Pt. Prabhakar Chari

"From a very young age, I was aware of the fact that my father had very high expectations from me as a son and especially as a musician.

He was an established and celebrated tabla player in Goa. Not satisfied in his individual glory, he wanted to share this art form with open minded people, especially the youth. He took this up seriously when he became an academician and taught Hindustani Music (Tabla) in the Goa College of Music, Swami Vivekananda Society, Maharudra Sangeet Vidyalaya and Udayon Mukh Kalakar Sangh over a span of 3 decades.

Pt. Prabhakar Chari was a firm believer that music is a free medium and thus the joy of listening to good Indian music should not be the prerogative of a few.

His initiatives/efforts to propel the cause of Hindustani Classical Music in Goa ranged from conducting Talmela & Tabla - Pakhavaj Jugal Bandi concerts to organising events such as the Pt. Yashvantrao Kerkar Smriti Sangeet Samaroh, Nandadeep Sangeet Mahotsav, Yuva Sangeet Sammelan, Sakharam Barve Smriti Sangeet Samaroh for music-lovers in Goa.

He formed a musical group (Vocal, Tabla, Violin, Sitar, Harmonium, Kathak) called Swaranjali that travelled and performed across villages in Goa.

His efforts aided the fund raising activities of the Red Cross Society through the institutions he worked in.

My father was duly rewarded and felicitated for his efforts in trying to educate the youth and contribute to the overall growth of Indian music. In 1983 he received the State Cultural Award, Goa from the Governor, followed by an honour in 1986 from the then President of India - Giani Zail Singh, on the occasion of the Silver Jubilee Celebration of the Independence of Goa, to name a few.

Late Pt. Prabhakar Chari - A tough act to follow!"