Dr. Mohan Deshpande is a well-known musician / musicologist born in an illustrious family of musicians tracing their lineage back to Pandit Vishnu Digambar Paluskar. Although he was steeped in the tradition of Hindustani Classical music virtually from birth, he approaches his continuing musical explorations from a novel perspective, characterized by a refreshing willingness to experiment with new forms of presentation and explore the limits of various genres. Mohan learned his music from his father, a noted musical singer and educator, Maha Mahopadhyay Pandit S.B. Deshpande, of Hyderabad, India.
Although educated in the Gwalior Gharana style, Mohan grew up immersed in a musical household and exposed to all the top musicians and ‘Ustads’ of the 50’ and 60’s such as Pandit Kumar Gandharva and Ustad Bade Gulam Ali Khan which influenced the development of his unique musical style. While in medical school, in 1961, Mohan received the Presidential medal in that year's All-India Radio Musical Competition. He has given numerous performances in vocal raagdari style in India, the US and Canada. Aiming to cultivate a love for Indian Classical tradition, he approaches his musical work with recognition of the needs of listeners in America and experiments with new ideas to increase the exposure of the Indian Classical style to both Indian and American audiences in the US. Thus, he has conducted a variety of discussions and demonstrations.
He designed and collaborated with several prominent NJ musicians to present several programs such as Kalyan darshan, Music of India etc. His lec/dem type programs have focused on the multidimensional exploration of Raag and its relation to different musical genres, Joy of music etc. Dr. Deshpande has been teaching vocal classical music to children and adults at Vivekananda Vidyapith for over 27 years. After a private practice in New Jersey for over 33 years as an Internist and Cardiologist, he retired in 2015. Now he continues his practice and love of music.