Kesarbai Kerkar

Surashree Kesarbai Kerkar - Vocal I

Kesarbai Kerkar presents ragas Lalita Gauri , Sampoorna Malkauns and Bhairavi

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Surashree Kesarbai Kerkar - Vocal I

Kesarbai Kerkar presents ragas Lalita Gauri , Sampoorna Malkauns and Bhairavi

Born in the tiny village of Keri from Ponda taluka of North Goa, at the age of eight Kesarbai moved to Kolhapur where she studied for eight months with Abdul Karim Khan.

Upon her return to Goa, she studied with the Sangeetacharya Ramkrishnabuwa Vaze (1871-1945), At the age of 16 she moved to Mumbai, where she studied with various teachers, eventually ending up as disciple to Ustad Alladiya Khan (1855—1946), the founder of the Jaipur-Atrauli gharana, beginning in 1921.

Kesarbai was awarded Padma Bhushan by the government of India in 1969. Indian Nobel laureate Rabindranath Tagore is said to have been very fond of Kesarbai's singing. Her honorific title "Surashree" literally means "excellent voice" (sur meaning "voice" and shri meaning "excellent), and was bestowed on her in 1948 by the Sangeet Pravin Sangitanuragi Sajjan Sanman Samiti of Calcutta

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