[AI] Pandit Puttaraj Gavai: A beacon for thousands

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Sat Sep 18 01:58:55 EDT 2010

Folks, this time  I am sharing sad news to all. I am requesting all
the NGO's to include Pandit Puttaraj Gavai success stories in their


Pandit Puttaraj Gavai: A beacon for thousands
Bangalore, Sept 17 (PTI):
Multi-faceted Hindustani and Carnatic vocalist, instrumentalist,
writer and seer Puttaraj Gavai overcame blindness to master several
genres of music, pen
books and engage in theatre.
An exponent of the Gwalior gharana, Puttaraj was born in 1914 at
Charanthimata in Karnataka's Dharwad district. He lost his father in
his infancy and began
his first music lessons under his uncle Chandrashekarayya.

His uncle sent Gavai to musician Gangayogi Panchakshara Gawai, under
whose tutelage Puttaraj blossomed.

Gavai's talent for learning languages did not go unnoticed by his
guru, who also engaged different masters to teach him various
languages, turning him
into a polyglot, well versed in Kannada, Sanskrit and Hindi.

He penned works -- literary, spiritual and musical -- in all these languages.

Gavai's zest for musical excellence also led him to master various
musical instruments, including the violin, tabla, harmonium, mridangam
and veena.

The master was bestowed with several awards both from states and the
Centre. He has been honoured with the Padma Bhushan, the Karnataka
Rajyotsav Award,
the Basvashri award, Kanaka Purandara Prashasti, Rajya Sangeet Vidwan Award.

The recitals of the guru and his disciples enthralled audiences,
leading to an invitation from HMV recording company in 1933. The duo
rendered Kanganava
Mora in Raag Kedari, Chaina Nahin Mere in Hageshri and two Kannada
Padas Magana Toogiro and Dhyanava Madiro. The records received a good
response in the

Gavai's penchant for the literary word saw him penning many books on
music, including Sangeet Shastra Jnana and Tabla Shikshaka GuruSudha
in two volumes.
In Kannada, he wrote several books, including Akkamahadevi Purana,
Siddeswara Purana, Purathanara Purana Veerabhadreshwara Purana and
Sharana Basaveshwara

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