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Harmonium legend is no more: Pandit Purushottam M. Walawalkar (1923-2014) – R.I.P.

Posted by ElJay Arem (IMC OnAir) on January 14, 2014

Our condolences go to the family and close friends of Purushottam Walawalkar. The musical world of Indian classics has lost one of its outstanding mastroes on the harmonium. – R.I.P.

(Ⓒ copyright – Soure of pictures: IGNCA – Indira Gandhi  National Centre for the Arts)

Pandit Purushottam Madhavrao Walawalkar is acknowledged as one of India’s greatest artists in the genre of harmonium playing. The harrmonium replaced the Sarangi (Indian fiddel) in the early 20th century and went through tough times as it first was banned as accompanying instrument by A.I.R. (All India Radio).

Extra ordinary artists like Pandit Purushottam Walawalkar established the Harmonium even as solo instrument in Indian Classical music. Purushottam was born on 11th June, 1923 to Madhavrao and Parvathibai Walawalkar, in the town of Sawantwadi.

Pandit Purushottam Walawalkar about Natya Sangeet (documentary – part 1)…

Harmonium Solo of Pt. P. Walawalkar in a private concert (documentary – part II)


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