Mukul Shivputra

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Mukul Shivputra
Birth nameMukul Shivputra Komkalimath
Born (1956-03-25) 25 March 1956 (age 64)
OriginDewas, Indore, Madhya Pradesh, India
GenresKhayal, Bhajans, Thumris
Occupation(s)Hindustani Classical vocalist
Years active1975–present

Pandit Mukul Shivputra (born 25 March 1956) (previously known as Mukul Komkalimath) is a Hindustani Classical vocalist of the Gwalior Gharana and the son and foremost disciple of Pt. Kumar Gandharva.[1]

Early life and training[edit]

Born in Bhopal to Bhanumati Kouns and Kumar Gandharva, Mukul took to musical training early on from his father. He continued his musical education in Dhrupad and Dhamar with K. G. Ginde and in Carnatic Music with M. D. Ramanathan.[2]

Performing career[edit]

Since his teens, Pt. Shivputra regularly accompanied his father on Tanpura for vocal support. In 1975, Pt. Shivputra, then known as "Mukul Komkalimath," debuted his first performance at the 23rd Sawai Gandharva Music Festival being the first in his generation of singers to debut a performance at the prestigious venue.

Since his wife's death, Pt. Shivputra has performed infrequently and irregularly in the public, which most attribute to his alcoholism.

Pt. Shivputra is also known for his temperamental antics on the concert stage, from lecturing his accompanists on how to play their instruments, to showing up drunk to his performances.[3]

Personal life[edit]

Mukul lost his wife after the birth of their son, Bhuvanesh Komkali, who is also a vocalist. Mukul has been treated for addiction at Indore Deaddiction Clinic. He currently lives in Pune.

He conducts workshops to identify young talent and plans to set up his own music school[4]

Articles on Performances[edit]

  • Bharat Natya Mandir, Pune 20 July 2012 [5]
  • Vriddha Anand Ashram, Akurdi near Pune, 17 August 2012[6]
  • Pune, 10 March 2013[7]


  1. ^ Saumit Singh (2 April 2014). "The forgotten Gandharva putra". Daily News & Analysis. Retrieved 12 October 2015.
  2. ^ "Mukul Shivputra".
  3. ^ T K Sreevalsan (14 June 2009). "Rehabilitating Mukul Shivputra". The New Indian Express. Retrieved 12 October 2015.
  4. ^ Jayadev Calamur (27 March 2016). "Music is my soul, my universe - Pandit Mukul Shivputra". DNA news. Retrieved 21 November 2019.
  5. ^ "Pt. Mukul Shivputra and Laughing Kumar Gandharva". mandar karanjkar.
  6. ^ "Pt. Mukul Shivputra : Maestro on the peak". mandar karanjkar.
  7. ^ "Pt. Mukul Shivputra- The grace continues". mandar karanjkar.