Background

Dr. Vasantrao Deshpande

Eternal Singer, Trend Setter Of Classical & Naty-Sangeet. Vasantrao Deshpande was born in Murtizapur, Akola District, which belongs to Vidarbha region of State of Maharashtra, in India

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01. Birth Of An Musical Era....

The year was 1920, May 2nd, Pandit Dr, Vasantrao Deshpande, born in Murtijapur, in Akola District in Vidarbh and he was brought up in Nagpur. Mother being a 'Teacher and Amateur Singer', thus he must have had 'Musical Legacy' from 'Mother's Womb'. It was in 1927, 'Indian Classical Music Era' begun, when he got a dramatic admission in 'Shankarrao Spare's Shriram Sangeet Vidyalay. Considering his Singing talents, Bhalji Pendharkar casted him in his film 'Kaliyamardan' for the role of Lord Krishna'.

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02. Company Of Colossus Singing Giants...

Though his 'Musical Training' was based on 'Gwalior Gharana', he got inspiration from the Singing Styles of 'Kirana & Bhendibazar Gharanas'. His maternal uncle who was also fond of classical music called him in Lahore where he was working for Railways. During his two years stay he travelled extensively in and around Lahore and to get the right nuances of Thumris and Ghazals. He also learnt Urdu.

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03. Musical Dagger

In 1967, "katyar Kaljat Ghusli' (Dagger Pierced the Heart), a musical drama, presented 'Pandit Vasantrao Deshpande and Aristocratic Music' to common music lovers. In this drama he played the role of 'Khansab Aftab Hussain Bareliwale', people opined that 'Writer Mr. Purushottam Darvekar & Music Director Pandit Jitendra Abhisheki' might have on mind Pandit Vasantrao Deshpande and his rendering style while portraying this character and music.