Adjunct Professor Music, Indian Music
Nandkishor, or Nandu, Muley is an adjunct professor at Stetson University. He comes from a family of traditional musicians in Baroda, in western India, who passed on the tradition of kathakar (or kirtenkar). Muley's grandfather was a kirtenkar, reciting and singing mythological tales in temple. His father, Dattatreya, was a highly regarded vina (a lute-like instrument) player and taught vocal arts at the Maharaja Sayajirao University of Baroda. Muley began his musical training at an early age with his father as well as with his uncle (Shrikant Muley, professor of sitar at the same university).
Fascinated by the santur-playing of the virtuoso Pandit Shivkumar Sharma, Muley decided to learn the instrument. After finishing his santur training, he was awarded the prize of "Surmani" ("Diamond of Notes") from the Sur Singar Samsad Music Association. His association with the late Acharya K.G. Ginde while on the faculty of Vallabh Sangeetalaya, Bombay opened newer horizons for him. Nandkishor's santur-playing acquired the full-bodied singing style (Gayaki) dimension of this senior vocalist. He has evolved a style of his own.
He has performed in the Festival of India in Berlin and throughout Germany, in the World Music Festival in Helsinki and in many other major musical events. An officially recognized musician for All-India Radio, he also spends several months of each year performing and teaching in India.
In 2001, Muley was awarded the Excellent Art and Cultural Educator award from United Arts of Florida for his contribution of Indian music and culture to various Florida schools and universities. In 1994 he won the German Grammy Award, and in 1995 was nominated best instrumentalist for the Diva Music Award from India music industries in Mumbai. Since 1994, he has been teaching Indian Music in the Central Florida region sponsored by Asian Cultural Association, Rollins College and Stetson University. At home in India, he is accredited santur artist on the All-India Radio, Akashvani network as well as Doordarshan. Every year he spends a few months in India teaching and performing at various festivals or for cultural organizations.
- M.A., Maharaja Sayajrao University in Baroda
- Diploma in tabla and vocal music, Maharaja Sayajrao University
- Intro to Indian Music
- Phone: 386-822-8950