Dattatreya Rama Rao Parvatikar

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Dattatreya Rama Rao Parvatikar
Parvatikar praying
Guledgudda, Dist Bagalkot, Karnataka
Other namesveena baba, nadayogi, veenamaharaj

Dattatreya Rama Rao Parvatikar, (pronunciation:[d̪ət̪t̪ɑːt̪reːj ə rɑːmə rɑːʋ pərʋət̪ikɑːr]; दत्तात्रेय राम राव् पर्वतिकार्) [1916-1990], was a Hindu saint and sanyasi in India.

Spiritual life[edit]

Dattatreya Parvatikar lived in the premises of Badrinath Temple of The Himalayas. He was fondly called veena baaba by his spiritual followers.[1]


Dattatreya Parvatikar playing Rudra Veena

Parvatikar, an exponent of nada yoga, tried to spread spirituality through music.

He was keenly interested in Indian classical music and played the rudra veena. Alain Daniélou made recordings of his performances between 1950 and 1955. They are now part of a UNESCO project - UNESCO Collection of Traditional Music of the World.[2] As a tribute to Alain Daniélou, UNESCO re-issued the album on 1997 as Anthology of Indian Classical Music – A Tribute to Alain Daniélou.[3]

He started the Nada Yoga School in Rishikesh in 1950.[1]

Raghavendra mission[edit]

In 1975, Dattatreya Parvatikar founded the Shri Raghavendra Mission in Bangalore. In his memory, a music concert is held every year at Gayan Samaj Bangalore.


  1. ^ a b "Nada Yoga Centre". Retrieved 2014-06-06.
  2. ^ "UNESCO Collection of Traditional Music of the World". Retrieved 2014-06-06.
  3. ^ "Anthology Of Indian Classical Music - A Tribute To Alain Daniélou". 1997. Retrieved 2014-06-06.

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