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|Birth name||Dhondu Kulkarni|
|Born||23 July 1927|
|Died||1 June 2014 (aged 86)|
|Occupation(s)||Indian classical music|
|Years active||1935 - 2014|
Dhondutai was born in a Brahmin family in Kolhapur, Maharashtra. Her father initiated her into music. Subsequently, she came under the tutelage of Bhurji Khan of the Jaipur-Atrauli gharana. Gaining recognition as a child artiste she became an All India Radio performing artiste at the age of eight. Her training continued under the mentorship of Laxmibai Jadhav and Azizuddin Khan, disciple and grandson of Alladiya Khan, the founder of the gharana. She received most of her repertoire of rare Ragas from Azizuddin Khan. Thereafter, she spent a long number of years under the tutelage of Kesarbai Kerkar, ending up as her sole disciple.
Awards and recognition
Dhondutai has been awarded the Sangeet Natak Akademi Award in 1990. She was regularly featured at the "Surashri Kesarbai Kerkar Sangeet Sammelan" since its beginnings, she sang last at these concerts.
Journalist Namita Devidayal's book The Music Room chronicles a significant part of Dhondutai's life, music and career. Namita has been one of her students and learned from her over a period of 25 years. The book talks about the life and music of Alladiya Khan, Kesarbai Kerkar and Dhondutai.
- Sur Sangat by Dhondutai Kulkarni, Rajhans Publications,Pune, India, ISBN 978-81-7434-694-0
- The Music Room by Namita Devidayal, Random House India, ISBN 9788184002362
- "Dhondutai Kulkarni: A life steeped in simplicity, soaked in music". The Times of India. Retrieved 25 March 2018.
- "SNA: List of Akademi Awardees – Musicl – Vocal". Sangeet Natak Akademi. Archived from the original on 31 March 2016. Retrieved 21 May 2010.
- "A purist to the core, Dhondutai Kulkarni's legacy is in danger". DNA India. 4 June 2014.
- Ghoshal, Somak (28 September 2007). "Of Lost Worlds and Timeless Spaces". Telegraph India. Retrieved 2 June 2014.
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