Shrinivas Khale

30 Apr 1926
2 Sep 2011
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Pandit Shrinivas Vinayak Khale (30 April 1926 – 2 September 2011), fondly addressed as “Khale Kaka”, was an Indian composer/music director from Maharashtra, India. He hailed from Baroda (Vadodara), the cultural capital of Western India. I was initially trained at the hisotric Music college (now the Faculty of Performing Arts of the Maharaja Sayajirao University of Baroda) and did Diploma in Vocal Music. He was greatly inspired by the legendary musician of Agra Gharana Aftab e Mousiqui Ustad Faiyazkhansaheb. Shrinivas Khale was trained by Gayanacharya Pandit Madhusudan Joshi of Agra-Atrauli gharana, a leading disciple of Ut. Ata Hussain Khan and Ut. Faiyaz khan.

He was one of the most respected artists in the Marathi music industry for over six decades. He is the recipient of Padma Bhushan award in 2010.

On behalf of Hridayesh Arts, an annual award called the Swar Shrinivas Puraskar has been instituted. The first recipient being Kamlesh Bhadkamkar who has spent 12 years as a music composer and worked closely with Kaka himself.

Although, Khale primarily composed music for the Marathi film industry, he composed music in other Indian languages as well—namely Hindi, Bengali, Gujrati and Sanskrit. He recorded 141 poems and composed music for six Marathi films (Yanda Kartavya Ahe–1956, Bolki Bahauli–1961, Palsala Pane Teen–year not known, Jivhala–1968, Porki–1970, and Sobati–1971 ; A film Laxmi Pujan–1952 was never released). He also provided music to theatrical plays Paanigrahan, Vidushak and Devache paay during his stint in Akashwani, Mumbai.

Kaka was also the only musician to pitch together two Bharat Ratna recipient singers, Lata Mangeshkar and Pandit Bhimsen Joshi for a Hindi bhajan (devotional song) album Ram Shyam Gun Gaan. His last album “Nath Maza Mi Nathancha” was released in September 2009 which includes Abhangas and Bhaktigeetas by Saint Krishnadas. Among his disciples is noted music composer and singer Shankar Mahadevan.

Khale was born in a Chandraseniya Kayastha Prabhu family, having origins from Parali village in Kokan-Raigad zilla, Maharashtra, India. His father was Vinayak Kashinath Khale, and mother was Laxmi Vinayak Khale. His elder brother, Kashinath Khale, influenced his choice of a career in music.

Honors
(2012) Hridayesh Arts by Hridyanath Mangeshkar, Mangesh Padgaonkar, Yeshwant Dev and his disciples (in honor of 1st anniversary)
(2012) Swar Gandhar Pratisthan and Thane Viraat Samajik & Sanskrutik Manch (in honor of 1st anniversary)
(2011) Hridayesh Arts by Shri. Sushil Kumar Shinde
(2010) Shankaracharya, Sawan Kumar Tak (director), Governor of Maharashtra K. Shankarnarayanan at Raj Bhavan, Mumbai
(2010) BK Bhagat Pratishthan members of Thane
(2008) Mr. Kumar Ketkar, chief editor of Loksatta (marathi newspaper) and Hridayesh Arts
(2006) Dainik Lokmat by Mr Vilasrao Deshmukh
(2005) Ram Gabale (marathi film director)
(2005) Hridayesh Arts by Bharat Ratna Gansamradni Lata Mangeshkar
(2000) Atharva Pratishthan by Shiv Sena Pramukh Shri Balasaheb Thakrey
(1995) Suvarna Tabakadi / Golden Disc by Shri Naushad Ali through Hridayesh Arts
(1993) Shrimati Lata Mangeshkar Puraskar from Governor of Maharashtra P.C.Alexander at Raj Bhavan, Mumbai
(1991) Swaryatri Samaj Gaurav by Guruprathistan Mumbai on Doordarshan
Awards
(2010) Padma Bhushan Awards (2010–2019)[1]
(2010) Big Marathi Music Award for “Best Music Director”[6][7]
(2009) Sarva Shreshtha Puraskar
(2008) Swarna Ratna Puraskar and Music Director Datta Davjekar Puraskar
(2007) Sangeet Ratna Puraskar
(2007) Worldspace honour for outstanding contribution to Marathi music as Composer
(2006) Jeevan Gaurav Puraskar
(2003) Dadasaheb Phalke Trust Award
(2003) Samanvay Pratishthan Puraskar, Sudhir Phadke Puraskar, Bal Gandharva Puraskar
(2000) Mahalaxmi Puraskar
(1995) Golden Disc for completing 50 years in field of music
(1993) Lata Mangeshkar Award
(1970) Sur Sringar Puraskar

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