A living legend,
Pandit Arvind Mulgaonkar is classed among the most renowned
contemporary Tabla Maestros. He has piously preserved the
traditional elegance of Tabla repertoire. Born in 1937, Pandit
Mulgaonkar has not only devoted his life to learning, mastering and
preserving this treasure of rare Tabla compositions but has also
handed it down most generously to the next generation.
Mulgaonkar began his initial training in Tabla under Late Ustad
Babalal Islampurkar. Then he became a disciple of Ustad Amir
Hussain Khan (Doyen of Farrukhabad Gharana) and took advanced
training for 14 years till Khansaheb’s death. Later he trained under
Ustad Ahmedjan Thirakhawa (3 years) and Ustad Ata Hussain
Khan of Rampur (3 years).
He has participated in a number of Music Conferences giving solo
recitals and accompaniment to eminent artistes all over the country.
Some of the vocalists include:
Krishnarao Shankar Pandit
C. R. Vyas
Jaffer Khan (sitar)
Ziya Moinuddin Dagar (sitar/surbahar)
Devendra Murdeshwar (flute)
Prabhu Tendolkar (sarod)
He has also given a number of
Lecture – Demonstrations throughout India and abroad.
Solo concerts, lec-dems and
workshops on tabla:
USA: NJ, Manhattan, Detroit, San
Diego , San hose, San Francisco, Cupertino, Richmond, etc.
Switzerland: Freienstein, Küttigen,
He has been
imparting advanced training to a number of students on the basis of
‘Guru- Shishya Parampara’ for the last forty-three
He has many
awards to his credit, including:
from the Govt. of Maharashtra in 1992 for excellence in
Senior Fellowship from Govt. of India, Dept. of Culture for 1995 /
Sadhana Ratna’ award from Swar Sadhana Samiti, Mumbai on 8th
ITC Sangeet Research Academy Award,
2006 for his lifelong and dedicated services to Indian classical
music on 5th January,2007.
Iyer Foundation, Mumbai, Award, 2007
for his lifetime achievement in music on 10th March,2007.
Late Mrs.Vasundhara Pandit Memorial
Award, 2007 for his immense contribution to Indian classical music
on 26th July, 2007.
Pandit Mulgaonkar is not only known as a Tabla maestro but he is
also known as the author of a treatise entitled ‘Tabla’
published by Maharashtra Text Book Board, Nagpur in 1975. This book
is considered to be a reference book for Tabla in the music circle.
Its revised second edition was published by Popular Prakashan,
Mumbai in 1999. He is a creative composer and has numerous
compositions to his credit. Limited copies of his book “Gushtaki
Muaf” consisting of his compositions was published in 1997 for
private circulation. As an author he has also written number of
short stories on artists, published in magazines from time to time.
His short notes were also published in Maharashtra Vishwa Kosh, Wai.
A biography of Late Ustad Amir Hussain Khan written by Pandit
Mulgaonkar, titled ‘Athavanincha Doha’ which includes 226
selected compositions of the Ustad, was published by Popular
Prakashan in 2006.
He is an expert commentator on the rare audio video recording
sessions of great Tabla Maestros arranged by Samwad Foundation,
Mumbai in collaboration with various universities and institutions
throughout the country.
In addition to this he is a visiting lecturer at Mumbai University,
Goa University, Shivaji University, Kolhapur, Lalit Kala Kendra,
Pune University, Karnatak University, Dharwad, Indira Kala
Vidyapeeth, Khairagarh etc.
He is a member of the Advisory council of Municipal Kala Academy,
Mumbai and Tansen Award and Kumar Gandharwa Award Selection
He is the
Founder Member of the “Bandish Tabla Art Promotion Trust”
dedicated to Tabla Maestro Late Ustad Amir Hussain Khan, established
in 1994 for the promotion of the Art of Tabla.