Pt. Mukul Shivputra and Pt. Kumar Gandharva

There is an old proverb that no new tree can grow under a giant tree. This proverb is often used to describe the situation of families of musicians. Many times, it happens that sons and daughters of legends find it very difficult to keep themselves up to the expectations of listeners. Most of the times, the son or the daughter tries to imitate the parent artist and their entire life goes being just an imitation.

Pt. Mukul Shivputra

On these lines, it is very difficult for a son or a daughter to come with his/her own style of performing  which is so evolved that listener just forgets to compare it with the parent performer. But there are definitely some genius artists who have achieved this herculean task. All these thoughts came to my mind after a realization that I never compared Pt. Mukul Shivputra with Pt. Kumar Gandharva.

It was really surprising not to compare the son with the father. But, Pt. Mukul Shivputra is in a way incomparable performer. Pt. Kumar gandharva is for sure one of the most innovative and profound artist we had. If you are a son of Pt. Kumar Gandharva, comparison is inevitable. But, Pt. Mukul Shivputra stands above all the comparison.

I have an one and half hour long recording of Raga Malkauns by Pt. Kumar Gandharva. A few days before, I got an chance to listen to Raga Malkauns sung by Pt. Mukul Shivputra. He was playing the same composition which was recorded by Pt. Kumar gandharva. This composition can be said to be the highest peak of Malkauns. Pt. Mukul Shivputra has also sung the same Bandish but in a very unique way. This Bandish also goes to the same peak but it takes a very different way from that of Kumarji. I guess, this is Pt. Mukul Shivputra- reaching same height but in totally different sky.

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12 responses to “Pt. Mukul Shivputra and Pt. Kumar Gandharva”

  1. Nikhil Avatar

    Can you share these two recordings in any way? I would really love to listen to these. Your analysis is very interesting and raises expectation!

    1. Mandar Karanjkar Avatar

      Dear Nikhil
      There is Mukul Shivputra page on Facebook. It has one link where you can download all available music of Mukulji.
      Write back if you have any problems and i will mail you.

  2. vinay Avatar

    Please kindly send some links or recordings of Mukul Shivputra (OTHER THAN THOSE ON YOU TUBE).
    I am die hard fan of both KG(Kumar Gandharva ji) and MS (Mukul Shivputra ji)

    1. Mandar Karanjkar Avatar

      Dear VInay Ji,
      Already shared on Google drive with you. Please let me know if you are unable to access.


  3. GYAN Avatar

    It is very good to get some details / info of classical music and the best thing is your efforts to explain all such matter in contemporary meanings.

    Surely this interest of music is related to the one own soul. whenever we are listening thinking talking about it we are doing all such with our soul. only and only than this interest developed in the form of performer or listener.

    How do i get all such music which you refer in your writing?

    1. Mandar Karanjkar Avatar

      Dear Gyanji,
      You can get almost all the recordings on youtube. Some of them are with me, as concert recordings. I can share those with you. You can also refer to musicindiaonline website. They allow users to listen to classical music online.


      1. Amit Bararia Avatar

        Dear Mandarji, I would be grateful if you could share the recordings of Mukul with me. Where can I access them? Kindly help. Thanks

  4. vidyesh Avatar

    Hi All,

    Mukul rendered out of the world ‘Multani’ on occasion of his 60th year celebration’s last Sunday 15th March 2015

    Plans are that he will be performing back on8th April 2015 in Pune on account of Kumarji’s Jayanti


    Mandar – thanks for articles on Mukulji….agree to all of your views 100%….

    1. Mandar Karanjkar Avatar

      Thanks so much Vidyesh Ji for your comment and compliments!You have any details of 8th April concert? Please do let me know.


  5. Dipankar Naik. Avatar
    Dipankar Naik.

    Hello, Has Mukul ji sung Kumarji’s Raag nand composition?Raajan ab to aaja re…

  6. Narad Muni Avatar

    hello mandar ji, I looked for the link on the facebook page. I could not find it. I have five CD of Mukulji but am seeking more music. Please help

  7. Shruti Pujari Avatar

    Mandarji can I know when this sage is to render his magical performance plz do inform.m also eager to c him live n meet him.

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