Hailing from Dharwad, Karnataka, Nachiketa Sharma
was initiated into Hindustani classical vocal music by his parents. His formal
study began in
A harmonium player of celebrated eminence, Vasant Kanakapur is a native of Dharwad. He received his initial training from the age of five under Shri R. G. Desai and Shri Gopalrao Desai of Hubli and was further trained under the late Shri Hanumantrao Walvekar of Dharwad. He provided his first accompaniment to Surshri Kesarbai Kerkar at the age of eleven. Vasant Kanakapur has accompanied on the harmonium a galaxy of reputed musicians such as Ustad Amir Khan, Pt. Mallikarjun Mansur, Pt. Basavraj Rajguru, Smt. Gangubai Hangal, Pt. Bhimsen Joshi, Smt. Kishori Amonkar, Smt. Parveen Sultana, Smt. Prabha Atre and Pt. Rasiklal Andharia.
He is the recipient of several titles and awards such as Karnataka Kala Tilaka from the Sangeeta Nritya Akademi, the prestigious state award from the government of Karnataka, Manjusharatna from the the government of Maharashtra and Nadashree from Karnataka Kalakar Mandal. Kanakapur is a retired staff artist from All India Radio, Dharwad.
Rajgopal Kallurkar obtained his maiden tabla training from Girish Avte of
Dharwad, after which he trained under Ustad Sheikh Dawood Khan of