|Birth Day:||April 8, 1924|
|Death Date:||12 January 1992(1992-01-12) (aged 67)
|Birth Place:||Sulebhavi, Belgaum District, Karnataka, India, India|
|Height:||in centimeters - N/A|
|Weight:||in kg - N/A|
As per our current Database, Kumar Gandharva died on 12 January 1992(1992-01-12) (aged 67)
Kumar Gandharva married Bhanumati Kans in 1946. She had enrolled as student in Deodhar's school, and Deodhar Guruji assigned Kumar Gandharva to teach her. The two fell in love, got married, and moved to Dewas in 1947, a place Kumar-ji liked a lot. Soon after the move he was stricken with tuberculosis, but with the help of new medicines, dedicated doctors, and Bhanumati's nursing, he recovered.
He married Bhanumati Kans, another vocal teacher at Deodhar's school, in April 1947. Soon after, he was stricken with tuberculosis, and was told by doctors that he would never sing again. He was advised to move to the drier climate of Dewas, Madhya Pradesh for his health. For the next six years, Gandharva endured a period of illness and silence. Doctors told him that trying to sing could be fatal, and that there was little hope of recovery. Stories of Gandharva in this period depict a man lying in bed and listening to the sounds of nature around him: birds, the wind, passing street-singers. They also detail how he would hum to himself, almost inaudibly. Hess speculates that this was the beginning of Gandharva's radical new conception of the nirguni bhajan, which celebrates a formless (nirguna) divinity.
In 1952, streptomycin emerged as a treatment for tuberculosis, and Gandharva began to take it. Gradually, helped by excellent medical support and care from wife Bhanumati, he recovered and began singing again. However, his voice and singing style would always bear the scars of his illness: one of his lungs had been rendered useless, so he had to adapt to singing with a single lung.
His first concert after recovery from his illness took place in 1953. The illness greatly affected Kumar's singing in later years – he was to be known for powerful short phrases and his very high voice.
Kumar Gandharva's first son, Mukul Shivputra, was born in 1956. Their second son, Yashowardhan, was born in 1961 but Bhanumati died during the child-birth. Soon after her death, Kumar married Vasundhara Shrikhande (1931–2015), another of his fellow-students at Deodhar School. Their daughter Kalapini Komakali is a noted vocalist herself in early part of 21st century.
Kumar Gandharva was awarded the Padma Bhushan in 1977 and India's second highest civilian honour, the Padma Vibhushan in 1990.
Currently, Kumar Gandharva is 98 years, 9 months and 29 days old. Kumar Gandharva will celebrate 99th birthday on a Saturday 8th of April 2023. Below we countdown to Kumar Gandharva upcoming birthday.
92nd Birth Anniversary of Pandit Kumar Gandharva