One of the most famous classical musicians in India was undoubtedly Pandit Kumar Gandharva. His real name was Shivaputra Siddharamayya Komkali. Pandit Kumar Gandharva was born on 8th April, 1924 in a place called Dharwad located in Karnataka. The most unique thing about him was that he refused to be tied down by any kind of Gharana and believed in being innovation and trying out his own new styles. The life history of Pandit Kumar Gandharva is truly fascinating. Read this short biography of Pt. Kumara Gandharv.
When he was still very young, Kumar Gandharva was inflicted with the
deadly disease Tuberculosis. As a result, he was left with just one
functioning lung. He was determined to make his mark and that is what
took him to the heights he has reached in his lifetime. The title "Kumar"
was given to him when he was a child because he showed extraordinary
talent in music. Gandharva was the God of music according to the Hindu
Though his voice was affected after the illness, he developed his own
style of singing. Though he may not have reached the same heights as his
contemporaries like Bhimsen Joshi, his style won him appreciation and
accolades from one and all. His style of pronunciation was unmatched and
he believed that words, if pronounced properly with the correct feel can
be very powerful. His style of singing also included many dramatic
gestures and smiles, which was thoroughly enjoyed by his audience.
He also experimented with other genres of music like devotional songs
known as "Bhajans", folk songs, etc. His unique style and
creativity made him compose songs in the same Raga in both fast and slow
pace; this was something rarely done by a north Indian musician. Though
he refused to follow the tradition of a Gharana, he never rejected
completely the rich tradition of music. The great legend passed away on
12th January, 1992, leaving behind disappointed fans but a rich legacy
of classical music.