Wednesday, 30 January 2013


Atul Desai (1934 - 2013)

Atul Desai, Hindustani musician and music composer for dance passed away on 20 January 2013 at Toronto, Canada.

Born on 31 January 1934 in Ahmedabad, Gujarat, Atul Desai learnt Hindustani vocal music as a student of Pandit Omkarnath Thakur at Banaras Hindu University, Varanasi.

He distinguished himself as a music composer for dance—especially Kathak. He created music for many productions and choreographic works of the eminent Kathak exponent and guru Kumudini Lakhia of Kadamb, Ahmedabad (See Sruti 131). He also composed music for dance-dramas produced by other institutions including the Shriram Bharatiya Kala Kendra, Delhi. Desai also composed music for individual artists, radio features, telefilms and plays, including several children’s productions. Bhajans and Haveli Sangeet sung by him are available in cassettes and CDs, which have been acclaimed by connoisseurs.

For his contribution to Indian music, Atul Desai was honoured with several prestigious awards including the Gujarat Sangeet Natak Academy Award (1988), and the Central Sangeet Natak Akademi Award (1994).

With the passing away of Atul Desai, the world of Indian music has lost an eminent creative artist.

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