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Basavraj Rajguru - 7EPE 1213 - (Condition 90-95%) - EP Record

Pandit Basavraj Rajguru  (24 August 1917 – 1991) was born at Yaliwal, a village in the north Karnataka district of Dharwad, a great centre of Hindustani classical music. He was a leading Hindustani vocal musician in the Kirana Gharana (tradition). Due perhaps to his aversion for publicity and his simple and scholarly lifestyle, he never achieved the level of fame of his contemporaries Bhimsen Joshi and Gangubai Hangal of the same gharana. He received many awards, including the Padma Bhusha.During the partition of India and Pakistan in 1947, Ustad Latif Khan advised him to take a train carrying thousands of Hindus across the border. The train was stopped and attacked on the border but Basavraj managed to escape by clinging to the bottom of the carriage all the way from the border to Delhi.

His fame had spread far and wide and continued to spread; concert invitations came from every corner of the country. His repertoire ranged from the pure classical, Dhrupad to Vachanas, Natyageet, Thumri, and Ghazal (different styles of Indian music) spanning eight languages. He knew more than forty types of raga and he would sing them one after another right then and there. After his concert in Delhi (1995) information minister, B.V. Keskar announced, "Arre, hamare Rajguru to hukumi yekka hai!" (meaning "Our Rajguru is the Ace of trumps"). At another concert Begum Akhtar, declared, "Rajguru yane sur ka badshah." or "Rajguru signifies the king of music". The Government of India bestowed upon him the Padma Shri in 1975 and the Padma Bhushan in 1991. He also received Sangeet Natak Akademi awards from central and state governments. He was also awarded with prestigious titles by various organizations and an honorary doctorate by the Karnataka University, Dharwad.


Basavraj Rajguru died in July 1991, one of three illustrious Dharwad musicians to do so during this period (Kumar Gandharva died in January 1992 and Mallikarjun Mansur in September 1992).

After his death, his wife and Nachiketa Sharma carried his dead body on 21 July 1991 to Dharwad, where their taxi was greeted by the whole city. Pt. Mallikarjun Mansur paying his last respects to Rajaguru declared, "Even in his death he looks like a king!"

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Basavraj Rajguru - 7EPE 1213


Basavraj Rajguru


Indian Classical (Vocal)





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The Gramophone Company Limited

Serial No

7EPE 1213

Side One

  • Howan Laage Saanj – Rag Purva Kalyan

Basavraj Rajguru

Side Two

  • So Ghadi Ghadi Aaye – Raag Kosi Kanada

Basavraj Rajguru



7 Inches


45 RPM

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