Pt. Venkatesh Kumar
Born and brought up in a rural ambience in the hamlet of Lakshmipura in Karnataka, Pt. Venkatesh Kumar was strongly influenced by his father, a renowned folk artiste. Later, under the tutelage of Pt. Puttaraja Gawai, who was impressed by his genuine dedication to music, he effectively inherited all the nuances of the Gwalior Gharana. Venkatesh Kumar is a versatile singer with a mellifluous and vibrant voice, rich in tradition, deep in devotion and dexterous in â€˜bhavaâ€™. He has performed in major music concerts of the country and has been conferred with Karnataka State Rajyotsava Award. He has to his credit many audio cassettes and CDs of devotional songs. Presently, he is on the faculty at Music College, Dharwad University and has authored the text book prescribed for the Music Examination conducted by the Govt. of Karnataka.