Mukul Shivputra

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Mukul Shivputra
Birth name Mukul Shivputra Komkalimath
Born (1956-03-25) 25 March 1956 (age 61)
Origin Dewas, Indore, Madhya Pradesh, India
Genres Khayal, Bhajans, Thumris
Occupation(s) Hindustani Classical vocalist
Instruments Vocal
Years active 1975–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 Komkalimath and Pt. Kumar Gandharva, Pt. Shivputra took to musical training early on from his father. He continued his musical education in Dhrupad and Dhamar with Pt. 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]

Pt. Shivputra lost his wife after the birth of their son, Bhuvanesh Komkalimath who himself is a vocalist. Pt Mukul Shivputra has been treated for addiction at Indore Deaddiction Clinic. He currently lives in Pune and is quite back to a normal life. He lives the life like Fakir, and that is his choice. He sings Internally.

Inspiration for his Music[edit]

As per this interview titled 'The Raga of Truth' in 2010 [4] he has chosen a life of a fakir and chooses to wander in search of finding the essence of the Ragas he sings, just like the ancient seers of Marga Sangeet. As per the interview "He is convinced that he can realise the truth of a raga the way his elders realised. A raga itself is a means to salvation for a vocalist, he believes. And he lives what he realises."

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 2015-10-12. 
  2. ^ "Mukul Shivputra". 
  3. ^ T K Sreevalsan (14 June 2009). "Rehabilitating Mukul Shivputra". The New Indian Express. Retrieved 12 October 2015. 
  4. ^ Gautam Chatterjee (20 May 2010). "The raga of truth". The Hindu. Retrieved 12 October 2015. 
  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.