Our Teachers

Sh Shuk Dev Madhur

Sh Shuk Dev Madhur, retired lecturer of music, is renowned and a master in field, especially in the area of music training. He is a panelist with the All India Radio (National broadcaster) and has also trained several hundred teachers at the prestigious Indian National Council of Education Research and Training.

Sh Shuk dev Madhur is known to New Zealanders as a violinist proficient in the Hindustani style of music. His passion for the art has made him a quality teacher encouraging a growing number of youngsters to learn violin under his able guidance. Mr Madhur is a recipient of several Awards, among the foremost of which is the National Award that he received from former Indian President Shankar Dayal Sharma in 1993 for his contributions to music. He is a wealth of knowledge in Indian classical music.

He is largely responsible for bringing Hindustani Style of music to the NZ, giving it the global audience it enjoys today. He spends his time between India and New Zealand. When here, he teaches at the Sargam School of Indian Music.

Violin Concerts of Professor Madhur have been featured in innumerable Music festivals & conferences all over the New Zealand, Fiji , Australia & USA

Professor. Madhur has association with many outstanding musicians from all over the world including top musician like Flutist Pt. Ronu Majumdar, Rakesh Chaurasia , Pt Vishwa Mohan Bhatt , Tabla Maestro Ustad Fazal Qureshi & Pt Pawan K Verma, Vocalist Pt Shyam Das Mishra to name a few.

Some Of his Unique performances also include music concerts at Asia 2000 Foundation of New Zealand, Prana Music, dance & arts Festival, waitakere Indian Association, Pakistan Association of New Zealand, Bharatiya Samaj’s Fund raiser in New Zealand, Auckland Council Community events.

Professor Shuk Dev Madhur, true cultural ambassador of India, continues to preserve and spread the rich cultural heritage of Indian classical music, in all its glory.

Basant Madhur

Basant Madhur is a widely acknowledged tabla player and a much-respected
artiste in the arena of Indian Classical Music. On account of his versatility and
pleasing disposition, he is the most sought & creative artist in the realm of Indian
classical music in New Zealand and Australasia as a whole.
Born into a family of musicians, he took early training from his elder brother Deepak
Madhur and received expert guidance from Punjab Gharana tabla maestro, the late
Pt. Pawan Kumar Verma. During his college period, he received numerous awards
at state, zonal & national level youth festivals. At the same time, All India Radio
& Television approved him as a performing artist at AIR & television in Shimla.
Madhur moved to New Zealand in 2002 and established the “Sargam School of
Indian Music.” By 2006, he had trained more than 300 students- some of which at
a very high level. In 2008 he received the Award of Appreciation for his contribution
to the field of music by GOPIO (Global organization of People of Indian Origin New
Basant has had the honor of accompanying some of the stalwarts of Indian
Classical Music such as Grammy winner Pt. Vishwa Mohan Bhatt in New Zealand
and USA, Pt. Ronu Majumdar in New Zealand & Australia, Pt. Rakesh Chaurasia,
saxophone genius Dr. Kadri Gopalnath and mridangam player Patri Satish Kumar
to name a few. He has also collaborated with several western musicians such
as John Ellis, Luke Hurley, Murray McNabb, Frank Gibson Jr., Jon sanders and
Prosad Freeman in fusion music. Other then being a regular feature in many music
festivals in New Zealand, Basant is known to perform in India, Australia and USA
on other occasions.

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Deepak Madhur

An all-rounder musician Deepak Madhur started his carrier as Tabla Player, learned from Late Pt.Pawan Kumar Vaerma of Punjab Gharana and later from Ustad Zafar Hussain of Punjab Gharana from the family of Baba Malang, Guru of Ustad Kadir Buhsh.

Won numerous awards and also presented his college & University at state & national-level music concerts. He has also performed in Yuva Utsav in Bhopal in 1995.

Recipient of National Talent search scholarship in Music from the Government of India (CCRT). Moved to New Zealand in 2008 and joined the Sargam School of Indian Music, where he teaches Vocal, Harmonium & Tabla. A well-known teacher for senior students who want to get higher education in this field. For Vocal and Harmonium, he got skills from his father and guru Prof.Shukdev Madhur.

Purnima Garg

Purnima has received her training in Kathak – Lucknow Gharana by Guru Malti Shyam ji and Jaipur Gharana by Guru Nandini Singh ji. Both are critically acclaimed and professional dancers. She graduated from Kathak Kendra, New Delhi after learning for 8 years. In this journey, she was awarded with first divisions and have been a university topper.

Her journey of classical dancing started with Bharatanatyam. Being a very keen dance learner, she joined Kathak and have been associated with the community for more than 15 years. Today, Purnima has performed at many locations across New Zealand and it is always a treat to watch her perform live!

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Akhil Madhur

Akhilesh Madhur is a widely acknowledged Tabla player and a much-respected artist in the arena of contemporary Hindustani Classical Music. He has learned Tabla from Avirbhav Verma, son of Late Pt. Pawan Kumar Verma. He has also learned from his dad Deepak Madhur and uncle Basant Madhur who are disciples of Pandit-ji. Alongside he has had the honour to take lessons from Ustad Fazal Qureshi. Currently, he is taking online lessons from Pt. Satyajit Talwallcar. He represents the Punjab Gharana of Tabla. On account of his versatility and pleasing disposition, he is one of the most sought-after creative artists in the realm of Indian classical music in New Zealand.

He has had the honour to accompany some of the stalwarts of Indian Classical Music such as:• Pt. Vishwa Mohan Bhatt • Pt. Rakesh Chaurasia • Pt. Salil Bhatt • Pt. Harvinder Sharma • Anupama Bhagwat • Prof. S.D. Madhur • Dhruv Bedi • Nandini Shankar • Sangeet Mishra • Avirbhav Verma • Pranshu Chatur Lal

Sargam Madhur

Sargam Madhur is an upcoming Sitar player from Auckland, who started learning Sitar, a traditional Indian music instrument under the guidance of her grandfather Prof. Shukdev Madhur.Sargam has performed in many prestigious festivals in New Zealand such as the Auckland Arts Festival, Tauranga Arts Festival, International Yoga Festival of NZ 2019, and Spirits Festival to name a few. Her performances at the ‘Tribute concert for Pt. Ravi Shankar – 2020″ and performance with Tristan Carter at “An evening of world music” in Auckland were highly appreciated