Jagannathbuwa Purohit (12 March 1904 – 1968) was a singer and teacher of Hindustani classical music. He learnt under various gurus, the chief being Vilayat Hussein Khan of Agra Gharana. Buwa’s colophon was ‘Gunidas’. His disciples include Jitendra Abhisheki, Pandit Ram Marathe, Pandit Vasantrao Kulkarni, C. R. Vyas and Manik Verma.
Buwa was devoted to his teachers in a day when the teachers were known for being whimsical. One of them praised him for his devotion and said you are a real Gun-das (worshipper of virtue), and this gave birthto his pen-name Gunidas. He was also known for his high social conscience. When he was donated a purse by his well-wishers in 1962 to help him monetarily during his final years, India was engaged in a war with China. After the war was over, he contributed generously to the Relief Fund for soldiers. He dismissed his disciples’ protests by saying that one should not shirk one’s duty and should not try to avoid paying one’s dues. A music sammelan named after him (Gunidas Sammelan) is held every year in Mumbai.
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