Pt. Kumar Gandharva
Born on 8th April 1924, Shivputra Shiddharamayya komkali, alias kumar Gandharva (prophetically titled at the age of seven by Shrimad Shankaracharya made his debut in a music conference at Bombay in 1935. On this occasion the 11-year-old child prodigy overwhelmed the audience with his display of precise imitation of stawarts of those days like Ustad Abdul karim khan, Ustad faiyaz khan and vazebuva.
After a brilliant beginning as a singer, ill health compelled him to leave Bombay and retire to Dewas in Madhya Pradesh. It was during these ling years of solitary confinement in bed that he fully discovered his true genius and emerged as one of the most inventive and versatile singers of the present century.
Her received his initial training in the earlier days from prof. B.R.Deodhar of Bombay, an exponent of Gwalior gharana. Listeners perceive in his classical exposition a blending of three gharanas- the flow of Gwalior gharana, the melody of Kirana gharana and intricate play of layakari of jaipur gharana.
The genius of kumar Gandharva had an all pervasive character. Whatever he sang carried the unmistakable kumar “mystique” that truly made him a colossus who strode the musical stage for more than half a century.
Send as free online greeting card
Email a Friend