Born on 8th April 1924, Shivputra Siddharamayya Komkali, alias Kumar Gandharva (Prophetically) titled at the age of seven by Shrimad Shankaracharya) made his debut in a music conference at Bombay in 1935. On this occasion the 11-year old child prodigy overwhelmed the audience with his display of precise imitation of stalwarts of those days like Ustad Abdul Karim Khan, Ustad Faiyaz Khan and Vazebuva.
After a brilliant beginning as a singer, ill health compelled him to leave Bombay and retire to Dewas in Madhya Pradesh. It was during these long years of solitary confinement in bed that he fully discovered his true genius and emerged as one of the most inventive and versatile singers of the present century.
He received his initial training in the earlier days from Prof. B. R. Deodhar of Bombay, an exponent of Gwalior Gharana. Listeners perceive in his classical exposition a blending of three gharanas-the flow of Gwalior Gharana, the melody of Kirana Gharana and intricate play of layakari of Jaipur Gharana.
The genius of Kumar Gandharva had an all pervasive character. Whatever he sang carried the unmistakable Kumar “mystique” that truly made him a colossus who strode the musical stage for more than half a century.
1. Hirna Samajh Boojh
2. Ud Jayega Hans Akkela
3. Gura to Jine
4. Aau Kalandar Kesava
5. Guruji Mhare Mhane Dar Lage
6. Avdhoota Gagan Ghata
7. Aho Pati So Upai Ka Chhu Kue
8. Nirbhay Nirgun Gun Re
9. Piyaji Mhare Naina Aage
10. Nain Ghat Ghatatan Ek Ghari
11. Kaun Thagva Nagariya loot Layo
Accompanists: Tabla- Vasant Achrekar, Vocal- Vasundhara