Rahul Deshpande

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Rahul Deshpande
Rahul Deshpande - Singing in Pune in March 2011.jpg
Rahul Deshpande - Singing in Pune in March 2011
Background information
Native name राहुल देशपांडे
Birth name Rahul
Born (1979-10-10)October 10, 1979
Pune, Maharashtra, India
Genres Hindustani classical music
Occupation(s) singer
Years active 1984 onwards

Rahul Deshpande is an Indian classical music singer from Pune, India. He is the grandson of the well-known late Dr. Vasantrao Deshpande [1][2][3]

Rahul Deshpande singing in Vasantotsav 2010

Education and career[edit]

Rahul developed his interest in vocal music by studying the music of Pandit Kumar Gandharva. Initially, he sought guidance from Ushatai Chipalkatti and Kumar Gandharva's son Mukul Shivputra. He further learned music under the tutelage of Gangadharbuva Pimpalkhare and Madhusudhan Patwardhan. He also learned playing tabla from Suresh Samant. Also, the legacy of Kumarji's search of including Nirguni Bhajans in the conventional form of music is learnt by him. His repertoire includes renditions from classical ragas to khayal, thumri, dadra, natyageet, bhajan, ghazal and bhaavgeet.

Rahul has achieved prominence as a creative musical performer from an early age. He is also the judge on Zee Marathi's popular reality TV show "Sa Re Ga Ma Pa - Little Champs". His work in the film Katyar Kaljat Ghusali was appreciated.[4][5][6] He was the playback singer for the songs of "Khansaheb Aftab Hussain Bareliwale", played by Sachin Pilgaonkar in the film. The role was played by Rahul himself in the play Katyar Kaljat Ghusali.[7]

Achievements and recognition[edit]

  • Rasikagrani Dattopant Deshpande Award, presented to him at the Sawai Gandharva Music Festival.
  • Master Dinanath Mangeshkar Awards 2012 by Lata Mangeshkar.[8]
  • "Kothrud Bhushan" award by the hands of Maharashtra's Chief Minister, Devendra Phadanvis.
  • Sudhir Phadke Award for his outstanding achievements at a young age.
  • Special Jury Award Best Singers in Zee Chitr Gaurav 2016.

Also, every year he arranges Vasantotsav in the memory of his grandfather Shree Vasantrao Deshpande.[9][10]

Revised Sangeet Maanapmaan[edit]

A revised version of Kakasaheb Khadilkar's Sangeet Maanapmaan played in Maharashtra in 2011 and 2012, the centenary year of the play's first performance. It has been revised by Rahul Deshpande. "Originally, the play has five parts with around 52 classical songs. Deshpande's version will have two parts and 22 classical songs."[11]

Stage appearances[edit]


Personal life[edit]

Rahul is a grandson of singer Vasantrao Deshpande. He is married to Neha Deshpande and they are blessed with a daughter.[13]


  1. ^ "Rahul Deshpande gives a ‘Hatke’ performance - Times of India". The Times of India. Retrieved 2017-01-31. 
  2. ^ "A musical extravaganza - Pune Mirror -". Pune Mirror. Retrieved 2017-01-31. 
  3. ^ "Three-day arts & culture carnival at Upvan Lake - Times of India". The Times of India. Retrieved 2017-01-31. 
  4. ^ "Subodh and Mrunmayee in Katyar Kaljat Ghusli - Times of India". The Times of India. Retrieved 2017-01-31. 
  5. ^ Kulkarni, Preeti. "Katyar Kaljat Ghusli movie review: Subodh Bhave, Sachin Pilgaonkar and Shankar Mahadevan give an unforgettable Diwali treat to music lovers!". Retrieved 2017-01-31. 
  6. ^ "Katyar Kaljat Ghusli – Music Review (Marathi Soundtrack)". Music Aloud. 2015-11-04. Retrieved 2017-01-31. 
  7. ^ "Revival of sangeet-natak by a new theatre group in Pune | Latest News & Updates at Daily News & Analysis". dna. 2011-05-30. Retrieved 2017-01-31. 
  8. ^ "Lata Mangeshkar presenting award to singer Rahul Deshpande at Master Dinanath Mangeshkar Awards 2012 in Mumbai : rediff bollywood photos on Rediff Pages". pages.rediff.com. Retrieved 2017-01-31. 
  9. ^ "Music across boundaries". Indian Express. Jan 11, 2008. Retrieved 7 December 2010. 
  10. ^ "Classical, fusion music at Vasantotsav - Times of India". The Times of India. Retrieved 2017-01-31. 
  11. ^ Bengrut, Dheeraj (2011-12-15). "Act 100". indianexpress.com. Mumbai: The Indian Express Limited. Retrieved 15 February 2012. 
  12. ^ "Recreating the magic of the Gandharva music". Retrieved 16 Dec 2011. 
  13. ^ "Raga and symphony". The Times of India. January 15, 2009. Retrieved 2017-01-31.