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Pandit Omkarnath Thakur, an icon of north Indian Classical music, a reputed vocalist who could impress class and mass with his performance, a researcher in Indian musicology, a knowledgable Guru, a capable administrator, an impressive orator having knowledge of many Indian languages and an educationalist was born on 24th june 1897 in small village of Gujarat state of India
His Childhood passed in poverty as father Mr.Gaurishankar left his job of army and became a saint, leaving all responsibility of children and family on wife Zaverba. She worked very hard for livelihood and son omkar, as a child helped mother in earning bread and also helped his father for daily needs. Though intelligent and talented singer he could not complete his schooling due to family responsibility. His formal education was only up to 5th standard, but he was self educated man and later due to his scholarly research in music he was awarded D.Lit. by two prestigious universities of India. He was the first musician to receive ‘padmashri’ award by Government of India.
His music Guru was Pandit Vishnu Digambar Paluskar, a very welknown devoted Guru and a reformer of Indian music. After five six years of intense training in music omkarnathji developed his own style of singing gradually. During his regorous sadhana of music he visualized different Ragas and Raginis and their moods.
In 1933 he was selected as representative of Indian music, to participate in world music conference at Florence-Italy. He travelled through many countries of Europe, giving his Performances and lectures on Indian music, impressing all scholars and Listeners. The tour was abruptly concluded due to sad news of demise of his wife Indiradevi with the newly born baby. It was very hard for him to overcome this shocking incident.
In 1950 He became a founder Principal of college of music and fine Arts in Banaras Hindu University – Varanasi and worked for seven years, establishing the college on sound foundation. He expired on 29th Dec. 1967 after a Prolonged illness, at Mumbai.
His main contribution towards Indian music are as following: