Sureshbabu Mane (1902 – 1953) was a prominent Hindustani classical music singer of Kirana Gharana in India. Sureshbabu was an expert in Khyal, Thumri, Marathi Natya Sangeet, and Bhajan. He performed in musical roles in several Marathi plays, and movies. Sureshbabu’s sister, Hirabai Badodekar, and Prabha Atre -–two well-known classical music singers—were among his important disciples. An annual music festival is held in Mumbai in the name of Sureshbabu and Hirabai.
Sureshbabu was born as Abdul Rehman to Kirana Gharana master Ustad Abdul Karim Khan and Tarabai Mane. Tarabai was the daughter of Sardar Maruti Rao Mane, a brother of princely Baroda state’s “Rajmata” during the middle of the 19th century. Abdul Karim Khan was the court musician in Baroda when Tarabai was young, and he taught her music. The two fell in love and decided to get married; but Tarabai’s parents disapproved of the alliance, and the couple had to leave the state (along with Abdul Karim’s brother, Ustad Abdul Haq Khan). The couple moved to Bombay (Mumbai), and had two sons: Suresh or Abdul Rehman, and Krishna; and three daughters: Champakali, Gulab, and Sakina or Chhotutai. In their adult lives, the five respectively became known as Sureshbabu Mane, Krishnarao Mane, Hirabai Badodekar, Kamalabai Badodekar, and Sarswatibai Rane. Sureshbabu had his initial training from his father, and later training from the doyen of Kirana Gharana, Ustad Abdul Wahid Khan, (who was a cousin of his father), and from Sawai Gandharva.
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