KUMAR GANDHARVA Biography - Famous Poets and dancers


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Kumar Gandharva, whose real name was Shivputra Siddharamya Komkali, was born in 1924 at Sulebhavi in Karnataka. When he was only 10 years old, he sang in the All India Musical Conference, Allahabad . In 1935, at the age of 11, he demonstrated his outstanding talent by singing before spectarors in the Jinna Hall of Kolkata.


Kumar Gandharva was taught thelessons of music by Professor B.R. Devdhar. As a beginner of music, he used to imitate the songs of other singer. But after ceaseless efforts, he started singing his own songs. He never repeated songs at different places. He possessed the capability to give new life even to the old ragas.


In 1956, his book `Anoop Raga Volas’, incorporated with his new Bandish and new ragas, was published. His books are `Geet Hemant’, `GeetVasant’, `Trivenenit’, etc. he was awarded the Padma Bhushan and fellwship of the Sangeet Natak Academy . He died on January 12, 1992 .