Pt. Pandharinath Kolhapure born on February 16th, 1930 in the town of Pandharpur in Maharshtra State.

He started his elementary Talim in classical music as a child, under the able guidance of his renowned father the late Pandit Krishnarao Kolhapure (partner Balvant Natak Academy along with Pt. Dinanath Mangeshkar), who was also a well known vocalist and Been (Veena) player of his time. He was also tutored by Pandit Madhusuden Joshi and Khansaheb Ata Husein, both well known for Gayaki of the Agra Gharana.

His performance was held at the All India Music Conference in Baroda in the year 1941. Here he was blessed by Khansaheb Faiyaz Khansaab, who was an artist at the Baroda Darbar.

At the tender age of 15, Pandharinathji gave his first performance on Bombay Station All India Radio (A.I.R). He hasnt looked back ever since. He continued his tutelage under the guidance of Prof. B. R. Deodharji, A towering personality of his time and Pandit Kumar Gandharva.

Pt. Pandharinath has authored three books:
First one being a vivid commentary on the life of his guru Pt. Kumar Gandharva titled "Gan yogi Shiv Putra".
Second book is a vivid account on his own life ,dedicated to his late wife Smt. Nirupama Kolhapure , titled- "Shubd Suranche Bol Rudra Veeneche"
His third and very recent book on Niyamat Khan - Sadarang the very renowned 18th century singer and the creator of Khyal Gayki. This book also contains a CD of Niyamat Khan bandish sung in Panditjis own voice along with Dr. Satyashil Deshpande and Srikant Dokrikar (Panditjis student)

He is a member of Akhil Bharatiya Gandharva Mahavidyalaya and the Samvad Foundation.

Today Panditji proudly owns a 114 year old Veena passed on to him by his father which originally belonged to Murad Khan Saab . He continues teaching, doing riyaaz and runs a trust called Veena Vardayani founded in the year 2000. Through the trust he was able to achieve the unachievable of convincing Mumbai university to incorporate Diploma in Veena. This was started in April 2009. He was able to tutor students through this trust, those students are now independently doing performances. These are just a few of his proud achievements and he still continues to strive hard at the age of 84 and looking ahead.

He lives in Mumbai and has 3 daughters Shivangi ,Padmini and Tejaswini .his son in laws Shakti kapoor ,Pradeep Sharma and Pankaj saraswat and his grand children -Siddhanth and Shraddha Kapoor, Priyank Sharma.

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