Vinayak Rao Patwardhan
(1898 - 1975)

Padmabhushan Vinayak Rao Patwardhan was an unparalleled Tarana singer and a vocalist with a rare touch of devotion. He was initiated into music by his uncle, Keshav Rao. Pt. Vishnu Digambar Paluskar later trained him. His voice was so flexible that he could modulate it widely and render the most intricate songs with remarkable ease. He could sing in a very high pitch and in a very fast tempo.

He was titled 'Sangeet Praveen', 'Sangeet Chudamani', and 'Sangeet Mahamahopadhyay'. He was a member of the Gandharva Natak Mandali of Bal Gandharva. After founding a branch of the Gandharva Mahavidyalaya at Pune in 1932, he devoted himself to teaching. He also wrote the 'Raga Vigyan' (7 vols.).

Among his famous disciples were his own son, Narayan Rao, D V Paluskar, Sunanda Patnaik and Vinay Chandra Maudgalya.

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