Regd. No.E23749 (Mumbai)
A Trust In Memory of Tabla Nawaz Late Ustad Amir Hussain Khansaheb


Pandit Arvind Mulgaonkar

A living legend, Pandit Arvind Mulgaonkar is classed among the most renowned contemporary Tabla Maestros. He has piously preserved the traditional elegance of Tabla repertoire. Born in 1937, Pandit Mulgaonkar has not only devoted his life to learning, mastering and preserving this treasure of rare Tabla compositions but has also handed it down most generously to the next generation.

Pandit Arvind Mulgaonkar began his initial training in Tabla under Late Ustad Babalal Islampurkar. Then he became a disciple of Ustad Amir Hussain Khan (Doyen of Farrukhabad Gharana) and took advanced training for 14 years till Khansaheb’s death. Later he trained under Ustad Ahmedjan Thirakhawa (3 years) and Ustad Ata Hussain Khan of Rampur (3 years).  

He has participated in a number of Music Conferences giving solo recitals and accompaniment to eminent artistes all over the country. Some of the vocalists include:

  • Late Pandit Krishnarao Shankar Pandit
  • Late Pandit Sharatchndra Arolkar
  • Late Pandit Jitendra Abhisheki
  • Late Pandit Ramesh Nadkarni
  • Late Pandit C. R. Vyas
  • Late Pandit Laxmanprasad Jaipurwale
  • Late Smt. Nirmaladevi
  • Pandit Bhimsen Joshi
  • Pandit Sharad Sathe
  • Pandit Jal Balaporia
  • Pandit Ajay Pohankar
  • Pandit Satyasheel Deshpande


and the instrumentalists include

  • Pandit Ravi Shankar (sitar)
  • Ustad Rais Khan (sitar)
  • Ustad Halim Jaffer Khan (sitar)
  • Late Ustad Ziya Moinuddin Dagar (sitar/surbahar)
  • Late Pandit Devendra Murdeshwar (flute)
  • Pandit Prabhu Tendolkar (sarod)


He has also given a number of Lecture – Demonstrations throughout India and abroad.
Solo concerts, lec-dems and workshops on tabla:

  • USA: NJ, Manhattan, Detroit, San Diego , San hose, San Francisco, Cupertino, Richmond, etc.
  • Switzerland: Freienstein, Küttigen, Zurich
  • Mauritius

He has been imparting advanced training to a number of students on the basis of ‘Guru- Shishya Parampara for the last forty-three years.

 He has many awards to his credit, including:

  • State Award from the Govt. of Maharashtra in 1992 for excellence in instrumental music.

  • Award of Senior Fellowship from Govt. of India, Dept. of Culture for 1995 / 1996.

  • ‘Swara Sadhana Ratna’ award from Swar Sadhana Samiti, Mumbai on 8th March 2003.

  • ITC Sangeet Research Academy Award, 2006 for his lifelong and dedicated services to Indian classical music on 5th January,2007.

  • Iyer Foundation, Mumbai, Award, 2007 for his lifetime achievement in music on 10th March,2007.

  • Late Mrs.Vasundhara Pandit Memorial Award, 2007 for his immense contribution to Indian classical music on 26th July, 2007.

Pandit Mulgaonkar is not only known as a Tabla maestro but he is also known as the author of a treatise entitled ‘Tabla’ published by Maharashtra Text Book Board, Nagpur in 1975. This book is considered to be a reference book for Tabla in the music circle. Its revised second edition was published by Popular Prakashan, Mumbai in 1999. He is a creative composer and has numerous compositions to his credit. Limited copies of his book “Gushtaki Muaf” consisting of his compositions was published in 1997 for private circulation. As an author he has also written number of short stories on artists, published in magazines from time to time. His short notes were also published in Maharashtra Vishwa Kosh, Wai. A biography of Late Ustad Amir Hussain Khan written by Pandit Mulgaonkar, titled ‘Athavanincha Doha’ which includes 226 selected compositions of the Ustad, was published by Popular Prakashan in 2006.

He is an expert commentator on the rare audio video recording sessions of great Tabla Maestros arranged by Samwad Foundation, Mumbai in collaboration with various universities and institutions throughout the country.

In addition to this he is a visiting lecturer at Mumbai University, Goa University, Shivaji University, Kolhapur, Lalit Kala Kendra, Pune University, Karnatak University, Dharwad, Indira Kala Vidyapeeth, Khairagarh etc.

He is a member of the Advisory council of Municipal Kala Academy, Mumbai and Tansen Award and Kumar Gandharwa Award Selection Committee, M.P.

He is the Founder Member of the “Bandish Tabla Art Promotion Trust” dedicated to Tabla Maestro Late Ustad Amir Hussain Khan, established in 1994 for the promotion of the Art of Tabla.

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