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Sunday, January 30, 2011

Deep Condolence for Kirana Gharana Singer Shrikant Deshpande


Yet another kirana gharana vocalist passed away on Saturday. Shrikant Deshpande (62) died at Deenanath Mangeshkar Hospital following a prolonged illness. Deshpande was the grandson of Sawai Gandharva and a disciple of Bharat Ratna Pt Bhimsen Joshi, the doyen of the kirana gharana, who passed away recently.Rajendra Kandalgaonkar, the principal of Sawai Gandharva Music College, told Mirror that Deshpande had performed at the college on January 23, 2011. Forty-five minutes after his rendition of Raga Shankara and Thumri, he started complaining of a stomach pain and was hospitalised.

Reportedly, Deshpande received quite a setback when he heard the news of Pt Bhimsen Joshi’s death on Monday. He had been suffering from cancer. He passed away in hospital on Saturday morning and his last rites were performed at Vaikuntha Crematorium. He is survived by his wife.Deshpande was born into a family of musicians. He was the son of Pramila, the daughter of Rambhau Kundgolkar alias Sawai Gandharva, an exponent of the kirana gharana. He was initiated into music by his father Nanasaheb Deshpande, a disciple of Sawai Gandharva. He learned music under Mohammad Hussain Khansaheb and Saraswatibai Rane.

Deshpande was a noted classical singer and the secretary of Arya Sangeet Prasarak Mandal, the organising body behind the Sawai Gandharva Music Festival. He had also taken lessons in classical music from Pandit Firoz Dastur. He was gifted with a mellifluous voice. He began training under Pt Bhimsen Joshi from 1980.The Ragamala Performing Arts, Canada and the Indian Council of Cultural Relations organised his musical tour in the United States and Canada. He also conducted a workshop on Indian classical music in the University of Manitoba, Winnipeg in Canada. He had music concerts for the Maharashtra Mandal in Dubai and the United Kingdom.

Deshpande organised music festivals in Hyderabad Aurangabad, Udgir, Mumbai, Belgaum and Baroda to promote young artists. He worked as advisor with the Lalit Kala Kendra at the University of Pune.He has featured in the Gharana Sammelan in Mumbai and has had the opportunity of singing in prestigious festivals like Tansen Sangeet Samaroha in Gwalior, SPICMACAY and Sawai Gandharva Music Festival in Pune.

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