Gwalior Gharana

The Home of Miyan Tansen

and many other legends of Hindustani Classical Music




Pt. Krishnarao Shankar Pandit


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Pt. Krishnarao Shankar Pandit 


26-Jul-1893 to 22-Aug-1989




Pt. Krishnarao Shankar Pandit was one of the greatest Hindustani vocalists, and a doyen of the Gwalior gharana.


Born into a musical family, his father Pt. Shankar Pandit was a disciple of the legendary Ustads Haddu Khan and Nathu Khan, and then of Ustad Nissar Husain Khan, son of Nathu Khan, who had come to live in the house of Shankar Pandit after the royal patronage had ended. Krishnarao’s extraordinary regimen included pre dawn practice in the woods to perfect swara, laya and breath control. He was taught wrestling, gymnastics, yoga and swimming, to develop stamina and a range of three octaves.


Pt. Krishnarao Pandit was keenly interested in spreading knowledge of music, and created an easy and independent notation for writing music as well as established the Shankar Gandharva Mahavidyalana in Gwalior in 1914, which later faced direct competion from the school established by Pt. V.N.Bhatkhande in Gwalior, in 1918.


Pt. Krishnarao Pandit was widely regarded, and was awarded numerous honors, including the Padma Bhushan in 1973 and the Tansen award in 1980. His family tradition is continued by his son Laxman Krishnarao Pandit and grand daughter Meeta Pandit.



For more information on Pt. Krishnarao Shankar Pandit, visit the following sites: 






Gwalior Gharana and Pandit Family




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KSP being honored



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