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Faculty

Abhinav Patankar

Abhinav Patankar is an experienced professional, dedicated AV technician, who started his sound engineering career by studying at one of the premier sound institutes. Having being top of his class, he became the youngest head of department to lead one of India’s leading live music venue brands, blueFROG Pune. Abhinav is a recurring visiting faculty member at some of the best sound engineering schools in India.

Currently Abhinav is the FoH engineer for Hari&Suhkmani, the Punjabi folktronica duo, Maati Baani, Gujarati folk rock, Moonstruck Project, who specialize in funk music and Across Seconds, a Bombay based post rock act. He is also the system engineer for the ‘Outline’s flagship model GTO’ and ‘DnB’s V series’ in Gujarat and ‘Meyer Sound’s Leopard’ in Pune.

Abhinav has travelled extensively for live sound engineering. Some of the countries he has visited are Azerbaijan, Oman, Dubai, Nepal, Sri Lanka, Thailand, and Indonesia. The festivals that Abhinav has worked on and successfully mixed at are as follows:

The Grub Fest

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Wonderflip Music Festival Vh1 Supersonic Music Festival Taalbelia

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Abhinav has worked with some of the biggest names in India and internationally including Eric Prydz, Pandit Bikram Ghosh, Purbayan Chatterjee, Hang Massive, V. Selva Ganesh, Lucky Ali, Soulmate, Indian Ocean, Prem Joshua, Parikrama, Euphoria, Gilby Clarke,

Abhinav has been nominated by the prestigious Indian Recording Arts Academy at the IRAA Awards at Palm Expo 2016 for the category “Best Live Sound Engineer”. Also, During his tenure at blueFROG, the venue had won many prestigious awards such as the INCA Awards for “The Best Performance Venue 2016”, Times Nightlife Award for “The Best Nightclub 2016”. He has an incredible work ethic and is one of India’s finest sound engineers.

AHITAGNI DASGUPTA

I started my career in 1998 as a Studio Assistant under Neelesh Bhatia and Shantanu Hudlikar with Audiofile Studio, Pali Hill, Bandra which was owned by Filmmaker Rahul Rawail. Then moved to Western Outdoor Studio ‘A’ and worked under Daman Sood & Avinash Oak. After that, I moved to Postation, Pali Hill as a Recording and Mastering Engineer, where I worked with A. M. Padmanabhan, Vijay Benegal and Nikhil Shirodkar.

In 2003, I started off on my own as a Freelance Mastering and Post Engineer, where I have worked and have been working on numerous projects for EMI Music India, Warner Music, Universal Music Group, Ameen Sayani Productions, Strumm Entertainment and quite a few Music Directors and Producers till date.

In 2014, started teaching as a visiting faculty with SeamEdu Media School, Pune and Bangalore where I also spent 18 months on their payroll as Associate Head of Academics, Sound Engineering. Now back to being a visiting faculty with them and now, also with Mumbai Music Institute 

Juhi Mahagaye

A trained classical singer hailing from Bhopal, having recognised her passion and dream of becoming a singer after completing her Visharad from Prayag Sangeet Samiti, Allahabad and from Sarba bhartiya sangeet-o-sanskriti Parishad, Kolkata. Holding a decade of experience in her field, came to Mumbai to follow her passion.

She has, till date, worked with Vishal-Shekhar, Amaal Mallik, Armaan Mallik, Ram Sampath, Jatinder Shah, Vipin Aneja, Meghdeep Bose and has also lent her voice in  some of the famous movies like,Tiger zinda hai, golmaal 4, sanam re, Firangi, Subedar Joginder Singh, Junooniyat. In addition to that, she was a part of ad jingles and worked for Amazon, Veer basmati rice, franchise India, leap 7x. To top it all she recently performed with Kapil Sharma on his popular show and  also accompanied Shalmali Kholgade on TED TALKS with Shahrukh khan.

Himanshu Kohli

Guitar Faculty

Himanshu Kohli a Vocalist and Guitarist born in Delhi and shifted to Mumbai in 2015 to make his career. He found passion for music when he was in 8th standard, and started writing songs. He took Guitar sessions from Mr. Amit Upadyay The Founder of Guitar Studio South Delhi. He has performed Live Gigs at Hard Rock cafe (Hyderabad), Galaxy of stars Malad, SCORE Sports Bar, The Little Door Andheri, Air Deck Lounge Kandivali, Mumbai Vibe Khar, Harrys Bar + Café Juhu, TRE lower parel, Pumproom Andheri, also at various colleges inside/outside Delhi, Corporate Parties, Social Parties, Birthday Parties, Weddings, Radio channels like FM Rainbow, Taf Radio D.u Community Radio, TV Channels like 9x News, 9x music n Gnn News Etc. He Has Participated in many competitions with his band and as solo artist, won 1st or 2nd Prize in most of the competitions. ” He has also composed a song “O Mere Jaana” He is very calm and friendly in nature .He believes in giving 100% in whatever he does and where ever he performs.

Mujeeb Dadarkar

Live Sound Engineering

Mujeeb Dadarkar is an Electronics Engineer also holding a Diploma in Studio Recording from Full Sail Recording Workshop, Orlando, U.S.A. Has been a recording engineer and technical consultant to the Audio/ Video industry since 1983. Has also designed and custom built various electronic equipment for specific application in the field.
Acting as consultant to Indian National Theatre, Bombay since 1984. Has designed and implemented their Audio/ Video studio, and been involved with the recording of several of their productions. Has also custom-built to their requirement various lighting control equipment. Was actively involved in the setup of M/s RAVE’s Audio studio in May 1986, and their Video studio in May 1987. Worked with them as consulting Audio/ Video Post-Production engineer 1986-88. Involved as Engineering Consultant with M/s Progress Electronics, Bombay from 1988
to 1992 for the design and development of their tape duplication and tape tailoring systems.Designed and installed the complete Public Address/ Sound system at the Patidar Stree Samaj Auditorium, Bombay under contract to their architects M/s Shirish Mehta & Associates in January 1988. He is a very experienced person in his field.He is a dedicated teacher, and gets the Best Out of his students.

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Arijit Chakraborty

Electronic Music Production

Has Learned PIANO: Grade 1-8 (theory and Practical) From Trinity Guildhall (Trinity College Of London) year 2006-2009. Has worked on many projects and has more than 12 years of experience in this field.
He has also worked as a Music Teacher for Khar Gujarat Research Society and since then he developed interest in Teaching .
He has worked as a Music Composer and Arranger for T-Series ( Album MOHABBAT Sound Track ” TERA ISHQ JEE PAUUN”). He has also Worked as a Assistant Engineer For Movie “Men Will Be Men”.
He has Done the Cover videos for Songs Like Jumme Ki Raat, Tattad Tattad, Sunn Raha Hai, Mirrors, Locked Out Of Heaven, Counting Stars, Maron 5, ColdPlay, Happy, Inteha ho gayi, Roop Tera Mastana, Gulaabi Aankhein.

Nikhil Mulay

Nikhil Mulay

Live Sound Engineering

Nikhil Mulay is working in the live sound industry for over 10 years now as a FOH and monitor Mix Engineer. In the past he has worked with Suraj Jagan, Indian Ocean, Anushka Manchanda, Neeti Mohan and Lucky Ali. He is currently associated with Sachin Jigar for the past year, Papon for three years, Jeet Gannguli for one year. He has also worked with The Bartender and Kailasa as a freelancer. In addition to live sound he also works as a Studio Engineer. He is a very experienced person in his field which makes him a sought out teacher for live sound engineering.

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Salim Akhtar

Tabla Faculty

Salim akhtar qureshi born in a musical family. Started learning Tabla from Grand-father late Ustad Gulam Rasul Khansahab from Farukhabad gharana at the age of 5 year by guru shishya parampara up to his death (15 years). At the age of Ten he gave his first performance on the stage and at Twelve he accompanied Sarangi Navaz, late Ustad Masit khan.
He has done sangeet visharad from Akhil Bharatiya Gandharava Maha Vidyalaya Mandal (Mumbai).And also done Sangeet Kala Visharad by Pune Bharat Gayan Samaj.Have played many tabla solo programmes & as well as accompanied many well known artist of classical & semi classical vocal.
He has played Tabla in many Hindi movies, e.g. {God Tussi Great Ho, Dabbang 1 & 2, Son of Sardar, Himmatwala, Rawody Rathore, Teri meri Kahani, Nautanki saala and many more}.
He has played Tabla in many TV shows : e.g.{Gazal Sara-ETV Urdu, Taaza Khelo Gaao Jeeto-DD1, Airtel, Desh ki avaaz-DD1, Crazy kiya re-SAB TV, Bollywood club-ZOOM, Entertainment ke liye kuch bhi karega-SONY, Lo Kallo Baat-BIG MAGIC}

Ashish Saxena

Ashish Saksena

Live Sound Engineering

Ashish Sakasena is the owner and chief sound engineer of Purple Haze Studios. He has been in the music industry for almost 20 years. He is a stalwart in sound recording as well as handling sound at live shows as well.

He Works with top musicians like Louiz Banks, Leslie Lewis, Vishal Shekhar, Shankhar Ehsaan Loy and many more.

Avinash Oak

Avinash Oak

Sound/Audio Engineering

Avinash Oak has a Diploma in Cinema ( sound engineering and sound recording ) from The Film & TV Institute Of India, Pune.He was with Western Outdoor media technologies ltd, for nearly 20 years. He has recorded songs for feature films like Maachis, Tere Mere Sapne, Sarfarosh ,Gadar , Albela , Bade Miyan Chote Miyan,
Pyar to Hona Hi tha , Jab Pyar Kisise hota hai, Kuch Kuch Hota Hai, Leela , Pinjara, Pyar Ishq Mohabbat and Aakriet ( Marathi).
He also has private albums called Marasim by Jagjit Singh & Gulzar, Mere Watan Ke Logo – Lata Mangeshkar , Cry for cry -Jagjit Singh, Husn-e-Ghazal – Ghulam Ali, Pt. Bhimsen Joshi & Pt Jasraj and many more… He has been an Engineer and Partner at Neosonic Recording Studio.