Mahesh Kale shares why he gave up engineering to pursue a career in music. Kale won an award for the best playback singer at the 63rd National Film Award in India. This was for the Marathi film Katya Kaljat Ghusali.
Award winning Kale lives in Silicon Valley where he teaches Indian classical music to about 100 students. When he is not teaching he travels around the world giving performances.
Kale shares how he uses technology to help him purse his passion in music and how he uses technology to teach.. He has a wiki page for his students, uses WhatsApp to send them their homework and uses Skype video to teach his students when he is traveling. And then there is a tempura app on his iPhone that he uses when he practices (riyaz) every day.
Kale was born and brought up in Pune, Maharashtra, India. His mother was his first music teacher. Later on he studied with Pandit Jitendra Abhishek, Kale studied engineering in India and came to the US and studied engineering masters at Santa Clara University. Music, and not engineering is where his heart was confesses Kale. “I always like to live in the musical space as much as I can,” he shares. And he is living his life in this musical space that he has created for himself.