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We like to remember the 102nd birthday and give tribute to violinist & vocalist Gajananrao Joshi (1911 – 1987)

Posted by ElJay Arem (IMC OnAir) on January 30, 2013


Violinist Gajananrao (1911-1987)

Gajanan Anant Joshi (30 January 1911 – 28 Jun 1987) was a unique and versatile vocalist and probably the greatest violinist in the field of Hindustani music.

Pandit Gajananrao Joshi, also known respectfully and affectionately as Gajaanbuwa Joshi came from a family of musicians. His grandfather Manohar had studied dhrupad and dhamar, and his father Anant (Anant Manohar Joshi was known as Antu-Buwa) was a distinguished khayal singer who had studied under Balakrishnabuwa Ichalkaranjikar.

Gajananbuwa studied gayaki of Gwalior gharana under his father and also under other teachers in whom he found something to learn, and assimilated other styles in his art. His other gurus were Vazebuwa of Gwailor Gharana, Vilyat Hussein Khan from Agra gharana, Bhurji Khan from Jaipur-Atrauli gharana and Pandit Vinayakrao Ghangrekar for “Tabla


Gajananbuwa in concert…

Pandit Gajananbuwa Joshi was a highly skilled violin player by the age of 20. His students include vocalist and violinist Madhukar JoshiVikas KashalkarUlhas KashalkarPadma Talwalkar, and violinist Shridhar Parsekar. He also taught vocalists Kaushalya Manjeshwar, Shubhada ParadkarVeena Sahasrabuddhe and Jayashree Patnekar.

His daughter Malini, sons Manohar, Madhukar and Narayan are also trained musicians. His sons variously took to singing, violin, and tabla.

His grasp was so quick that it is said that Kesarbai Kerkar did not like to have him attend her concerts because he could quickly incorporate her strengths in his own singing.

(Source: 01/2013 –

… with courtesy to the official Vocal (Concerts) Archive:

  • Concert (ITC-SRA, Kolkata) with Raga Multani, Jayat, Bheempalasi
  • Early Afternoon Raga Gaud Sarang (Saiyya Paro Nahi)

… with courtesy to the official Violin (Concerts) Archive:

  • Afternoon Raga Gavati
  • Late Night Raga Malkauns

Manohar Gajanan Joshi (President)
c/o Shivanand Sangeet Pratishtan TRUST
Durga Prasad, 1st floor, Kalyan Road, Dombivli ( E) 421 201
Telephone No. 0251 – 2452866

Official Website:



One Response to “We like to remember the 102nd birthday and give tribute to violinist & vocalist Gajananrao Joshi (1911 – 1987)”

  1. Roshan Francis Martis said

    Wonderful! Great indeed!


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