Having been born in a family renowned for its passion and achievements in various forms of performing arts, Aparna had an early introduction to Indian (Hindusthani) Classical music.
Her first Guru, late Pandit Bhaskarbua Joshi was a direct disciple of the late Pandit Ramkrishnabua Vaze, who was a well-known and leading singer from the Gwalior gharana. The Gwalior gharana is considered to be the source from which all the other gharanas of Hindusthani Classical music have evolved.
||Aparna is currently training under her mother, Smt. Meera Panshikar who is a direct disciple of Padma Vibhushan Ganasaraswati Smt. Kishori Amonkar.
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“For me,?says Aparna, ¡°a very personal and essential definition of good music has been beautifully captured in the words of a doyen Carnatic vocalist - Proportion is beauty, balance is elegance and restraint is power.?
To capture in the flow of time, the essence of sounds, silences and harmonies interwoven in the raga is the aim of her musical expression. The flow, like a strand of honey, mellow and light, refusing to break, like a stream now rippling and gushing, now meandering and springing, finds its path, much as the note does in a raga.
Aparna articulates her musical experience in terms of this flow - a flow that is definitively bound by the shores of tutelage and ‘Lakshana?- the grammar of music. In her performances, her ‘riyaaz?and when amongst her students, this sentiment occurs repeatedly.