SRI N D KASHALKAR
Ulhas Kashalkar's father Nagesh Dattatreya Kashalkar, an advocate by profession, spent his early years in Satara district in Maharashtra. During this period he received training in music from Matange Bua of the Gwalior Gharana. He lived in Pune for a few years during which he was highly influenced by great maestros like Bal Gandharva, Hira bai Barodekar and Master Krishna Rao. Later he migrated to Vidharbh where he was admitted to the Bar. In the years that followed he grew tremendously as a musician, though mostly self-taught. He started a school of music affiliated to Gandharva Mahavidyalay where he taught several children. His own sons Arun, Ulhas and Vikas received their initiation into music in this school. He further wrote several books on music, such as Gandharva Shiksha, which research scholars and musicians today vouch for. Though not a performer he was a highly revered teacher and was a scholar par excellence. Later in life he completely devoted himself to teaching and writing books. His body of literary work included various topics like philosophy and yoga. He gave expression to his spiritual calling through books such as Bal Jnaneshwari, Patanjali Yoga Sutra and Santa Charitra.
PANDIT GAJANANBUWA JOSHI
Gajanan Anant Joshi also Gajananbuwa Joshi (1911 – 1987) was a unique and versatile vocalist and a renowned violinist in the field of Hindustani music,who came from a family of musicians. He was one of the few musicians who had mastered the Gayaki of three different Gharanas. He was a master of an exceptionally high calibre who was both a vocalist and an instrumentalist. Gajananbuwa studied gayaki of Gwalior gharana under his father,Pandit Anant Manohar Joshi, . 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". He was an illustrious Guru who generously taught, trained and passed on his knowledge and Gayaki to many noted musicians of today who continue the tradition of his musical style.
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PANDIT RAM MARATHE
Ramchandra Purshottam Marathe (1924 -1989) was an outstanding vocalist of rare distinction. Born in Pune , Pandit Ram Marathe had the proud privilege of receiving extensive training from stalwarts like Pandit Manohar Barve, Pandit Mirashibua, Master Krishna Rao Phulambrikar, Ustad Vilayat Hussain Khan and Pandit Jagannathbua Purohit. Apart from his gurus, he was influenced by Pandit Gajanan Rao Joshi as well, and assimilating the best of Gwalior, Agra and Jaipur Gharanas of Khayal singing, Ram Marathe developed a style of his own. He was known for his exquisite ‘Bandishes’ and purity in Raga rendition. He had a rich collection of uncommon Ragas and rare compositions. He was also a well known name in the field of Marathi Natyasangeet and also as a composer.
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PANDIT RAJABHAU KOGJE
Ananta Keshav Kogje, fondly known as Rajabhau Kogje, was a well-known vocalist with an extraordinarily gifted voice. He was a student of Pt.Vinayak Rao Patwardhan of the Gwalior Gharana. He also received taleem from one of the greatest Thumri exponents of the Banaras style, Rasoolan Bai. He was a Professor of music in Nagpur and it was then that Ulhas Kashalkar came in contact with him. Rajabhau ji performed at all major music conferences in the country and was held in high esteem for his knowledge, voice and especially his thumris. He was a Top graded musician of the All India Radio. Several production houses have released cassettes of his music which are a collector’s delight.
PROF. PRABHAKAR KHARDENAVIS
A disciple of Pt. Shankar Rao Pravartak of the Gwalior Gharana, Prof. Prabhakar Rao Khardenavis was a well-known performer and a formidable scholar. However, he sacrificed his performing career for the cause of teaching and spreading the vast knowledge of music that he possessed. He too was at Nagpur as the Head of the Music department when Ulhas Kashalkar became his student. Several of his students went on to become reputed performers.
SRI DATTA KAKA
Ulhas Kashalkar's spiritual Guru, Parama Poojya Dattatrey Pundalik Kulkarni also Datta kaka (1942 – 2012) belonged to the unbroken lineage of the great Saint Sri Gondavalekar Maharaj [Sri Maharaj]. He propagated the spiritual practice of chanting Prabhu Rama’s name as handed down by his Master, Sri Brahma Chaitanya Maharaj. While working at Indore, he took up Tapas and spread the Nam Jap Sadhana Marg among spiritual seekers. Kaka had immense following not only in Indore but across India and abroad. His lively chats with his disciples have been published in Marathi under the title, ”Sri Datta Bhaiyyanshi Sukhasamvaad“, in several volumes.