Balasaheb Poonchwale (1918–2005) was a Hindustani classical vocalist and leading figure of the Gwalior gharana.[1] The son and disciple of Raja Bhaiya Poonchwale,[2] he also learned from celebrated musicologists Vishnu Narayan Bhatkhande and S. N. Ratanjankar. Regarded for his role as a music educator, Poonchwale's disciples include Raja Kale, Biswajeet Roy Chowdhury, Shashwati Mandal, and Samarth Nagarkar.[3][4][5]

Balasaheb Poonchwale
Gwalior, India
OriginGwalior, Madhya Pradesh, India
Died4 January 2005(2005-01-04) (aged 86)
GenresHindustani classical music, Khayal, Tappa, Bhajan
Occupation(s)Indian Classical Vocalist
Years active1940-2005


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  2. ^ Massey, Reginald; Massey, Jamila (1996). The Music of India. Abhinav Publications. p. 158. ISBN 9788170173328.
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  4. ^ "'Hindustani Raag'". Deccan Herald. 29 June 2009.
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