“Prachi Maya Gajanan (Formerly Prachi Dublay) is an educator, researcher and performer in Indian Music. With twenty years of experience Prachi has performed all over India and abroad and has many CDs and Albums at her credit. Prachi has received several prestigious fellowships and awards, some to mention – IIAS Shimla Fellowship, Tata Fellowship in folklore, Culture Fellowship by Govt of India, Sir CV Raman Award, Kaleshwari Sanmaan, IBN-Lokmat Prerana Puraskar, Music Forum Award etc. She also has lent her voice to a few films, one of which is the much-acclaimed Oscar nominated Marathi film Shwaas & the other is National award winning Marathi film Anumati. Prachi has been associated as a guest faculty in Music at University of Pune and University of Flame, Chinmaya University, Ahmedabad University and Azeem Premji University.
Finding her own path, Prachi has become an independent travelling musician who has been collecting, interpreting, singing, teaching and writing the Adivasi Music of India for past decade. Her work has taken her to various Adivasi belts across Himachal, Assam, Chhattisgarh, Gujarat, Kerala, Odisha, Telangana and Karnataka. She has co-authored a book with her Adivasi friend, written several articles about Adivasi Music and also has produced some Research CDs and an Audio Book which are published by Bhasha Research and Publication Center.
Prachi aims at preserving and propagating the intangible heritage of the indigenous musical traditions of India through her work in Adivasi Music. It is noteworthy that Prachi works mostly alone with very limited resources, without any big team around. Her work requires undertaking some very risky travel in interiors of India in adverse conditions and putting her personal security at stake. Prachi does it with a rare courage and devotion. She reminds us of a way of being, about a legacy that we are forgetting. Her work is significant and artistic, moving and highly socio-political – all at the same time.”