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Akademi mourns for Poochwale

NEW DELHI, JAN.10. Sangeet Natak Akademi and its associate bodies have mourned the demise of the eminent musician Balasaheb Poochwale in Gwalior, Madhya Pradesh, on January 4.

Born in 1918 in Gwalior, Balasaheb Poochwale received his training in Hindustani vocal music from his father, Rajabhaiyya Poochwale of the Gwalior ghrana. He was also trained by Pandit V.N. Bhatkhande and S.N. Ratanjankar. Over the decades he distinguished himself as an outstanding exponent of the Gwalior gharana.

Principal of Madhav Music College, Gwalior, from 1964 till his retirement, Balasaheb Poochwale made a vital contribution as a teacher. His large repertoire of khayals and tappas was recorded by several archives of music in India and abroad. He was honoured with many awards including Shikhar Samman of the Government of Madhya Pradesh and the Sangeet Natak Akademi Award in 1993.

"In his passing away the world of music has suffered an irreparable loss," the Akademi said in a condolence resolution.

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