Dhondutai Kulkarni

Dhondutai Kulkarni, (23 July 1927 – 1 June 2014) was an Indian classical singer from the Jaipur-Atrauli gharana. She was the last legendary exponent of orthodox Jaipur-Atrauli Gharana.

Dhondutai Kulkarni
Birth nameDhondu Kulkarni
Born(1927-07-23)23 July 1927
Kolhapur, India
Died1 June 2014(2014-06-01) (aged 86)
Mumbai, India
Occupation(s)Indian classical music
Years active1935 - 2014

Early lifeEdit

Dhondutai was born in a Brahmin family in Kolhapur, Maharashtra.[1] Her father initiated her into music. Subsequently, she came under the tutelage of Bhurji Khan of the Jaipur-Atrauli gharana.[2] Gaining recognition as a child artiste she became an All India Radio performing artiste at the age of eight[citation needed]. Her training continued under the mentorship of Gaan-Chandrika Laxmibai Jadhav and Ustad Azizuddin Khan, disciple and grandson of Ustad Alladiya Khan, the founder of the gharana. She received most of her repertoire of rare Ragas from Ustad Azizuddin Khan. Thereafter, she spent a long number of years under the tutelage of Kesarbai Kerkar, ending up as her sole disciple.

Awards and recognitionEdit

Dhondutai has been awarded the Sangeet Natak Akademi Award in 1990.[3] She was regularly featured at the "Surashri Kesarbai Kerkar Sangeet Sammelan" since its beginnings, she sang last at these concerts.[4]

Journalist Namita Devidayal's book The Music Room chronicles a significant part of Dhondutai's life, music and career. Namita has been one of her students and learned from her over a period of 25 years. The book talks about the life and music of Alladiya Khan, Kesarbai Kerkar and Dhondutai.[5]

Further readingEdit

  • Sur Sangat by Dhondutai Kulkarni, Rajhans Publications,Pune, India, ISBN 978-81-7434-694-0
  • The Music Room by Namita Devidayal, Random House India, ISBN 9788184002362


  1. ^ "Dhondutai Kulkarni: A life steeped in simplicity, soaked in music | Mumbai News". The Times of India. 2 June 2014. Retrieved 17 January 2020.
  2. ^ "Dhondutai Kulkarni: A life steeped in simplicity, soaked in music". The Times of India. Retrieved 25 March 2018.
  3. ^ "SNA: List of Akademi Awardees – Musicl – Vocal". Sangeet Natak Akademi. Archived from the original on 31 March 2016. Retrieved 21 May 2010.
  4. ^ "A purist to the core, Dhondutai Kulkarni's legacy is in danger". Daily News and Analysis. 4 June 2014.
  5. ^ Ghoshal, Somak (28 September 2007). "Of Lost Worlds and Timeless Spaces". Telegraph India. Retrieved 2 June 2014.

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