( ) or Shivaputra Siddramayya Komkalimath
( ) was a Hindustani classical
singer, famous for his unique vocal style, refusal to be bound by the tradition of any gharana
, and his innovative genius. The name Kumar Gandharva
is a title given to him when he was a child prodigy; a Gandharva
is a musical spirit in Hindu mythology.
Early life and education
Gandharva was born in Sulebhavi near Belgaum
. He studied music under the well-known Prof B R Deodhar.
He married Bhanumati Kans in April 1947 and moved to Dewas
, Madhya Pradesh
. Soon after moving there, he was stricken with lung cancer
which was wrongly diagnosed as tuberculosis. He was forced into having a surgery to remove the cancerous lung or face eventual death by the disease. Kumar opted for the surgery after much persuasion by his family and despite warnings that he might not be able to sing anymore. Recovering from the trauma of a surgery in Khanapur near Belgaum in Karnataka, Kumar Gandharva was visited by a fan who was also a physician. The doctor noted his surgical wounds had healed and asked Kumar Gandharva to attempt singing once again. Gradually, helped by this doctor, medicines of those yesteryears and care from Bhanumati Kans, Kumar Gandharva recovered and began singing again. However, his wonderful voice and singing style would always bear the scars of his surgery, which are evident to any person who listens to his songs such as 'Runanubandhachya"... Read More