Thursday, December 23, 2010

Tribute! Brilliant Pandit D.V. Paluskar

Pt. Dattatreya Vishnu Paluskar
(May 28 1921 - October 25 1955) was born in Nasik, Maharashtra to well-known Hindustani musician Vishnu Digambar Paluskar. Never has any classical musican acheived legendary status in such a short lifetime. He was only ten years old when his father died, and was subsequently trained by Pandit Vinayakrao Patwardhan and Pandit Narayanrao Vyas. He was also trained by Pandit Chintamanrao Paluskar and Pandit Mirashi Buwa. But later on he evolved his own style of singing. (Photo copyright by Shubnam Gill).

D.V. Paluskar gave his debut performance at the Harvallabh Sangeet Sammelan in Punjab at the age of fourteen. He inherited the Gwalior gharana and the Gandharva Mahavidyalaya, but he was always open to adopting aesthetic features of other gharanas.

 He had a very sweet and melodious voice. His alap clearly outlined the raga he sang; this was followed by the bandish embellished by beautiful taans in an effortless enchanting style. He was a master at presenting an attractive and comprehensive picture of a raga in a very short duration. He cut his first disc in 1944 and visited China as a member of the Indian cultural delegation in 1955.

Raag Shree - Pt. D.V.Paluskar - His last recording

Pt. D.V.Paluskar - Raag Darbari Kanada  "Jhanak Jhanakva" 

List of some 78 rpm recordings:
Raag Hindol - Karana pichkari

Raag Nand - Ajahu nahin aye

Raag Hansakinkini - Piya nahin aye

Even though D.V. was mainly a Classical singer, he was also a very talented Bhajan singer. He was known for his melodious voice and enchanting rendition of devotional songs. He sung such Bhajans as: Chalo Man Ganga Jamuna Teer, Thumak Chalat Ram Chandra, and many more...

 He introduced the famous bhajan "Payoji Maine Ram Ratan Dhan Payo" to the modern generation:

Payo ji meine - Meerabai bhajan - D.V. Paluskar set it to the tune almost 70 years ago first!

D.V. Paluskar - Bhajan in Raag Lalat.

He is also famous for an unforgettable duet with Ustad Amir Khan in the film Baiju Bawra. Baiju Bawra is an award-winning 1952 Hindi movie directed by Vijay Bhatt, it stars Bharat Bhushan and Meena Kumari.

 Ut. Amir Khan & D. V. Paluskar 
 "Aaj Gawat Man Mero" - Raag Desi:

 The only other film he sang for was a Bengali film called Shaap Mochan:

SONG: Kaliyan sang karat rang raliyan - SINGER: D.V. Paluskar
MOVIE: Shapmochan (1955)
CAST: Uttam Kumar, Suchitra Sen, Pahari Sanyal, Kamal Mitra, Bikash Roy.

By G.N. Joshi (extracted from "Down Melody Lane" (1984)):
 "I first saw Pandit D. V. Palukar as a little boy in the Shree Ram Mandir at Panchavati, Nasik in the year 1925. He was then about 5 or 6 years old and had come with his father, Sangeet Bhaskar Vishnu Digambar Paluskar. Vishnu Digambar was singing the bhajan Raghupati Raghav Rajaram. The atmosphere all around was intensely devotional. Looking at the boy who was staring at his father with rapt attention, I wondered whether the lad had inherited any of his father's gifts, and whether he would carry on the tradition of Vishnu Digambar. In due course he did become a very brilliant and accomplished singer in his own right; a worthy successor to his most illustrious father.... To read more:

Poverty and ill health snatched Pt. D.V. Paluskar when he was only 34!

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