Ganapati Bhat is an Indian Hindustani classical vocalist. He lives and works in Hasanagi, a small village in the state of Karnataka in India. He was born as Heramba Hegde to Sri Venkatramana Hegde of Gorsagedde. At young age he was given in adoption to Venkatramana Bhat of Hasanagi and his name has been since changed to Ganapati V Bhat. Bhat completed his secondary school education in the nearby Manchikeri village and did his higher studies in music at the Karnatak College Dharwar. Mostly, the upcoming musicians move from villages to big cities, but he did not move away from his village but brought music to his village. He has educated the entire village of Hasanagi in music.
Ganapati Bhat became interested in Hindustani classical music at a young age. He is a disciple of Basavaraj Rajguru, the maestro from Dharwad whose gayaki (singing style) is based on the Kirana, the Gwalior and the Patiala gharanas. Bhat started his training in music as a sitarist, but was drawn into Hidustani vocal music. Bhat studied with the late C. R. Vyas as well. Bhat has demonstrated mastery over melody and eligence. Bhat’s performances are a reflection of his love for music and mastery in delivery. His renderings appear to evolve from a dedicated master that enjoys every moment of the performance. In his own words “Music is a divine language which surpasses words and springs out magic solely through raga and rhythm”. Bhat has expanded the music horizon in a remarkable way.
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