Pandit Rajendra Kandalgaonkar

Versatile Indian Classical Music Vocalist


Rajendra Kandalgaonkar is one of the most popular exponents of Hindustani Classical music. He has received worldwide acclaim for his innovative techniques and dexterity. He has established himself equally and firmly both in quality-conscious international music and in the highly demanding, critical field of Indian music. A strong groundwork in music through training Rajendra Kandalgaonkar has been trained by some of the most renowned Gurus. At the young age of 7 he began his basic training in vocal music from Pandit Vishnu A Ghag, of the Gwalior Gharana. This spanned an intensive 18 years, from 1967 to 1984. He then moved on, since 1980, to train under none other than the maestro of Indian Vocal Classical himself, Pandit Bhimsen Joshi of Kirana Gharana.

Even today, Pandit Bhimsen Joshi remains unparalleled in the field of Indian Classical Music, not only in India, but across the globe. Complimenting this is his brilliant academic record as a formal student of music, wherein he has topped several examinations. Rajendra Kandalgaonkar, today, is also reputed teacher of music. He has performed at many well known concerts all over India, along with regular performances on Doordarshan (Indian Television) and AIR (All India Radio). He has also conferred the highest A grade for Indian Vocal Music by AIR and Natya Sangeet (Marathi Stage Music). Frequent Awards and Recognitions were followed by the release of his cassettes in the market.