Ketaki Tamhanakar, a second-year iMTech student of our institute won 3rd prize in Virtuoso (Solo instrumental competition) for her Tabla performance at Mood Indigo, popularly known as MoodI at IIT Bombay. Winning a prize at MoodI is special owing to the magnitude of the event which is considered Asia’s largest college cultural festival and attracts a footfall of more than 1,46,000 students across 4000+ colleges all over India. Ms. Ketaki participated in the 52nd edition of MoodI which comprised of more than 240 events and spanned over four days from December 27-30. Ketaki is thrilled at having won the 3rd prize and was ebullient to share her happiness . “I don’t think I could be happier! Mood Indigo IIT Bombay is a very reputed cultural fest and I didn’t expect to reach to that level in the competition, it still feels like a dream!” says Ketaki. Her passion for playing Tabla began seven years ago and she has been learning from the Tabla maestro, Shri. Vishal Modak, from Belagavi. Besides expressing her gratitude to her teacher, she acknowledges her perseverance she informs that during her JEE preparations also she had never put a hold on Tabla sessions.
Playing an instrument like Tabla is generally associated with gender stereotypes, but Ketaki is all set to break that barrier just like her role model and Tabla artist, Rimpa Siva who is one of the greatest female Tabla artists in the country. Besides her professional aspirations, music will be an inseparable part of her life and will continue to be in the future too. “I would love to continue my journey in music and work on more experimental and innovative projects in music,” sums up Ketaki.