Professor B. R. Deodhar
Born: 11 September 1901
Died: 10 March 1990
- He was an Indian classical singer, musicologist, and music educator.
- He was a vocalist of Khayal-genre of Hindustani classical music.
- He was awarded the 1964 Sangeet Natak Akademi Fellowship, the highest honor conferred by Sangeet Natak Akademi, India’s National Academy for Music, Dance and Drama.
- Thereafter in 1976, he was awarded the Padma Shri, by the Government of India.
- He established the Deodhar School of Music in Mumbai, breaking from the Gharana tradition.
- He also edited the Hindi music monthly magazine, Sangeet Kala Vihar, and also published several books on music and musicians.
- In 1964, he has awarded the Sangeet Natak Akademi Fellowship the highest honor conferred by Sangeet Natak Akademi, India’s National Academy for Music, Dance and Drama.
- This was followed by Padma Shri, by the Government of India in 1976.
- Amongst his noted disciples, were singer Kumar Gandharva, Saraswati Rane, and Laxmi Ganesh Tewari.
- In 1993, his monthly columns, in Sangeet Kala Vihar, which included biographies of 19th-century Indian musicians, were published as a book, Pillars of Hindustani music.
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