24 September 2023 /

Renowned Hindustani Classical Vocalist


Architect turned Classical Vocalist Sveta Hattangdi Kilpady  is a multi-faceted musician. She excels in the classical genre of Khayal as well as Thumris, Ghazals and Devotional Music.

“I started training at the age of three, under the guidance of Guru ji, Late Pandit Jialal Vasant.  From the age of eleven, I became the shishya of Shrimati Manik Bhide ji, the distinguished artiste and teacher of Jaipur Atrauli Gharana.  Also learnt Thumri from the renowned musicologist and talented artiste of the Purabi Gharana, Late Dr. Aneeta Sen,” shares renowned Hindustani Vocalist Sveta Kilpady. “Now I am taking guidance in Thumri of Banaras ang from renowned Vidhushi Manju Sundaram ji of Banaras, who is the senior disciple of Padma Vibhushan Shrimati Girija Devi ji,” she added.

“In today’s polarised world, Music has the healing power that goes beyond geographies and cultures and has a unifying effect on people across the world,” renowned Vocalist Sveta Kilpady believes and works relentlessly for the promotion of our rich culture and wisdom with great passion for delighting music lovers all over the country and abroad.

As a child artist, Sveta Kilpady sang for various movies under the renowned music directors R. D. Burman and Laxmikant Pyarelal in movies like Mr. India, Raam Tere Kitne Naam and Manzil Manzil and more.

Renowned musician Sveta Kilpady has performed extensively across the country and abroad including the ‘Waqt’ based on Javed Akhtar’s poetry, which was performed at prestigious venues all over the UK – the most prominent being Queen Elizabeth Hall, London; Nrityam Arts Kuala Lumpur to pay tribute to the great ‘Abbaji’ Ustad Allarakha Khan;  Part of ‘Taal Express’ and ‘Anthar Agni’ by the Temple of Fine Arts Singapore with tours to Singapore, Malaysia; ‘Anthar Agni’ was part of the prestigious Georgetown Festival Penang;   ‘Krishna-Rajani’ at Singapore’s Esplanade Theater and  Shyaam Ke Rang, a thematic concert organised by the Indian High Commission in collaboration with ICCR at the Indian Cultural Centre in Kuala Lumpur.

She has performed various concert tours and lecture demonstrations in USA, UK, Middle East, Singapore, Malaysia, and Indonesia.

Musician Sveta Kilpady has  also performed extensively at various festivals, thematic concerts and baithaks including  HCL concerts Baithak Series in 2021, Begum Akthar concert by the Sangeet Natak Academy at Kamani Auditorium Delhi;  Curated and performed at the Jaipur Kala Chaupal 2017;  Pratah Swar concert at the Ravindra Natya Mandir Foyer Mumbai;  National Centre for Performing Arts Mumbai;  Co-founder of ‘The Baithak Experience’,  a unique curated home baithak series featuring young talented artists which was very well received in the city of Gurgaon;  Swar Sadhana Samiti;  Bhatkhande Festival Raipur;  Elephanta and Ajanta Ellora Caves Festival organized by the Maharashtra State Tourism Department;  Hubli Arts Circle, Ustad Alladiya Khan Saheb Smriti Samaroh Samiti Dharwad, Kanara Saraswat Association;  Khayal Trust & Kalabharati Mumbai;  Shanmukhananda Fine Arts & Sangeetha Sabha and Suburban Music Circle.

She was honoured with several awards and fellowships including the two-year Guru-Shishya Parampara Scholarshhip for Classical music initiated by Sajan Milap, AIR Prize for Light Classical Music, National Scholarship for Light Classical Music of the Government of India, New Delhi  and the prestigious title ‘SUR-MANI’ by the Sur Singar Samsad Mumbai.


 Album ‘Sajanwa’, a compilation of romantic Thumris, was nominated in the best semi-classical album category at the Global Indian Music Awards GIMA 2011.

Released ‘Nayya’ along with well-known Carnatic Percussionist Viveick Rajagopalan  in June 2020.

Recorded thumris for The Peninsula Studios, Noida.

 Album ‘The Lost Souls’ and ‘Mud Doll’ by renowned UK composer, Niraj Chag released in London.

Composed and sang a Thumri for the award-winning Marathi movie ‘Uttarayan’.

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