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Pt. Tulsidas Borkar

 

Pandit Tulsidas Borkar has been acclaimed as one of the finest harmonium players today in Hindustani Classical Music. Panditji excels both as a soloist as well as an accompanist. He took initial lessons from his mother Smt. Jayshreebai Borkar and Shri. Vishnupant Vasta, a renowned harmonium player of the times. He also received guidance from Swararaj, Shri Chhota Gandharva in the art of harmonium accompaniment. Later, under Shri. Madhukar Pednekar, he had an opportunity to further his ambition of mastering harmonium.

Initially Pt. Borkar earned a reputation as an Organ player and an accompanist for Marathi stage music. He was then associated with several classical musicians, among them Pt. S.C.R. Bhatt, Pt. K.G. Ginde and Pt. Devendra Murdheshwar, from whom he learned the intricacies of Hindustani Classical Music. As a harmonium accompanist he has performed with many vocalists. Veterans such as Pt. Ram Marathe, Smt. Padmavati Gokhale-Shaligram, Pt. Mallikarjun Mansoor and Pt. Bhimsen Joshi as well as the stalwarts of this generation - Pt. Ajoy Chakrabarty, Ustad Rashid Khan, Pt. Rajan & Sajan Mishra have all been very appreciative of Pt. Borkar's accompaniment.

Both as a soloist and accompanist, Panditji has performed in numerous prestigious music concerts and festivals in India and has toured the U.S., Europe, U.K., Indonesia, and the Gulf Countries. He has composed music for many musicals and recordings. He has received many awards for his contribution to Hindustani Music including Govindrao Tembe Sangeetkar Puraskar and Keshavrao Date Puraskar. He continues the Guru-Shishya tradition by guiding and moulding many new harmonium players. His primary disciples include Shri Sudheer Nayak, Smt. Seema Mestri-Shirodkar and Dr. Kedar Naphade.


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