Dhondutai Kulkarni

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Dhondutai Kulkarni
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Background information
Birth nameDhondu Kulkarni
Born(1927-07-23)23 July 1927
Kolhapur, India
Died1 June 2014(2014-06-01) (aged 86)
Mumbai, India
Occupation(s)Indian classical music
Years active1935 - 2014

Dhondutai Kulkarni, (23 July 1927 – 1 June 2014) was an Indian classical singer from the Jaipur-Atrauli gharana.

Early life[edit]

Dhondutai was born in a Brahmin family in Kolhapur, Maharashtra.[1] Her father initiated her into music. Subsequently, she came under the tutelage of Bhurji Khan of the Jaipur-Atrauli gharana.[2] Gaining recognition as a child artiste she became an All India Radio performing artiste at the age of eight[citation needed]. 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[edit]

Dhondutai has been awarded the Sangeet Natak Akademi Award in 1990.[3] She was regularly featured at the "Surashri Kesarbai Kerkar Sangeet Sammelan" since its beginnings, she sang last at these concerts.[4]

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.[5]

Further reading[edit]

  • 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


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