06-Apr-2017 08:18 PM
Pandit Mukul Shivputra (b. 1956) is a Hindustani classical vocalist of the Gwalior Gharana and the son and foremost disciple of Pt. Kumar Gandharva. Born in Bhopal to Bhanumati Komkali and Pt. Kumar Gandharva, Pt. Shivputra took to musical training early on from his father. He continued his musical education in dhrupad and dhamar with Pt. K.G. Ginde and in Carnatic music with M.D. Ramanathan. Since his teens he regularly accompanied his father on the tanpura for vocal support. In 1975, then known as “Mukul Komkali,” he debuted his first performance at the 23rd Sawai Gandharva Music Festival, being the first in his generation of singers to debut at the prestigious venue. Besides khayal, Pt. Shivputra sings devotional and folk songs. He has many Sanskrit compositions to his credit and has experimented with the setting of Sanskrit lyrics to music. He lives and works in Dewas, Madhya Pradesh.