Firoz Dastur

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Firoz Dastur
Pt.Firoz Dastur.jpg
Background information
Born (1919-09-30)30 September 1919
Mumbai, India
Died 9 May 2008(2008-05-09) (aged 88)
Genres Hindustani Music - khyal and light forms
Occupation(s) singer, actor
Years active 1941–2006

Firoz Dastur also Feroze Dastur (30 September 1919 – 9 May 2008) was an Indian film actor and a Hindustani vocalist from the Kirana Gharana.

Early life[edit]

Dastur was born in Mumbai to a Parsi family.[1]


Dastur was part of Indian Film Industry in 1930s, acting in a few films by Wadia Movietone and other film banners. In 1933, when Wadia Movietone under JBH Wadia, released its first talkie film, he performed classical songs as child actor in film Lal-e-Yaman.[2] But his first love was Indian Classical Music.

He was a disciple of Sawai Gandharva, whose other disciples were Bhimsen Joshi and Gangubai Hangal,[1][3] and a regular performer at Sawai Gandharva Music Festival for several years, well into his late 80s.

Pt.Firoz Dastur's music was very close to Abdul Karim Khan's style. He taught music to many. Some of his disciples are - Wagle, Sudha Divekar, Achyut Abhyankar, Sujan Rane, and Usha Deshpande. He has recorded prolifically on gramophone records and tapes and CD's. Two of his earliest recordings on 'Young India' label discs could be heard at

Dastur died in May 2008 in Mumbai after a brief illness. He was 89.



  1. ^ a b Pt. Sujan Rane (21 July 2011). Learning Hindustani Classical Vocal Music. Xlibris Corporation. p. 7. ISBN 978-1-4771-6074-9. Retrieved 20 July 2013. 
  2. ^ Gulzar; Govind Nihalani; Saibal Chatterjee (2003). Encyclopaedia Of Hindi Cinema. Popular Prakashan. p. 46. ISBN 978-81-7991-066-5. Retrieved 20 July 2013. 
  3. ^ "Tribute to a Maestro: Sawai Gandharva". ITC Sangeet Research Academy. Retrieved 20 July 2013. 

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