Rajan Parrikar Music Archive

Dhondutai Kulkarni

This entry notes the passing of Dhondutai Kulkarni on June 1 at the age of 86. She had the distinction of being the one and only pupil of Kesarbai Kerkar.

The very first time I saw Dhondutai was in 1978 at the inaugural Surashree Kesarbai Kerkar Samaroh in Panjim, Goa. As Kesarbai’s sole musical heir she was accorded the privilege of opening the conference and, if I recall correctly, she began with Raga Poorvi. It was a strong performance and the memory of her fluency still lingers in my mind well after three decades.

Some Books

Occasionally I receive gifts in the form of books from appreciative readers of this website including musicians. I have been meaning to post these titles for months now. These are a few I have enjoyed over the past year or so.





Purshottam Walawalkar Departs

Harmonium maestro Purshottam Walawalkar passed away on Monday, January 13, 2014. He was 90.

Added: A tribute in the Indian daily DNA, dated January 19, 2014. (In the event the link evaporates, a pdf is archived here.)

Ramashreya Jha "Ramrang" and Purshottam Walawalkar

Purshottam Walawalkar and Ramashreya Jha “Ramrang” at Kavalem, Goa (December 2003)

Shubha Mudgal appointed Research Professor at Goa University

Shubha Mudgal

Shubha Mudgal
© Rajan Parrikar

Renowned Indian musician Shubha Mudgal has been offered the Nana Shirgaonkar Visiting Research Professorship at Goa University for the next 3 years and she has accepted the appointment. The university has established the chair with the goal of inviting “distinguished persons to work at the university and interact with our students and faculty.”

Shubha Mudgal in the Vijaya Parrikar Library

New musician entry in the Vijaya Parrikar Library: Shubha Mudgal.

Two beautiful pieces are offered, one a classical rendition in Raga Hem Kalyan, the second a Vaishnava verse set to Raga Gauri (composed by Aneesh Pradhan). Tabla and Harmonium support is provided by Aneesh Pradhan and Sudhir Nayak, respectively.

Go here for Shubha’s page.