PANDIT ULHAS KASHALKAR
Pandit Ulhas N Kashalkar (born 14 January 1955) is a noted Hindustani classical vocalist. He has received training in the Gwalior, Jaipur and Agra gharanas, and is considered a legitimate representative of all three schools. Pandit Ulhas Kashalkar was born in Nagpur. He received his first lessons in music from his father N D Kashalkar, a lawyer by profession and a noted amateur vocalist and musicologist. He went on to study music at Nagpur University, topping his post-graduate class. Around that time, he trained under Rajabhau Kogje and P N Khardenavis.
Indian music is contoured heavily by its pedagogic tradition of Guru Shishya parampara. An examination of an artiste’s musical lineage often yields rich insights into his musical style and personality. Kashalkar studied principally under Pandit Ram Marathe and Pandit Gajananrao Joshi.
Ram (Ramchandra Purshottam) Marathe (1924-1989), popularly referred to as “Rambhau”, was a vocalist in the Gwalior tradition. He was a disciple of Mirashibuwa, who in turn studied under the legendary Balakrishnabuwa Ichalkaranjikar, a key figure in the history of the Gwalior Gharana. Pandit Marathe also trained in the Agra style for fifteen years under Jagannathbua Purohit. That apart, he was a prominent actor and music director in the Marathi stage. Kashalkar undertook a long period of tutelage under him. Indeed, most characteristic features of his style can be traced to Gajananrao’s vocalism.
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