Pandit Puttaraj Gawayigalu was an Indian musician in the Hindustani classical tradition, a scholar who authored more than 80 books in Kannada, Sanskrit and Hindi, a music teacher and a social servant.
17 Facts About Puttaraj Gawai
Puttaraj Gawai is the recipient of the Padma Bhushan, India's third highest civilian honour, awarded in 2010.
Puttaraj Gawai was born into a poor Kannada Lingayat family in Devagiri in Haveri taluk of Dharwad district of Karnataka.
Puttaraj Gawai lost his parents when he was 10 months old.
Puttaraj Gawai mastered carnatic music under the guidance of Mundarigi Raghavendrachar.
Puttaraj Gawai had mastered many instruments harmonium, tabla, violin and 10 other music instruments.
Puttaraj Gawai set up a theater company which would not only to help in raising funds to provide free food, shelter, education to disabled orphans but to contribute to the theater culture.
Puttaraj Gawai has authored over 80 books on spirituality, religion, history as well as biographies of many 'sharanas' of the Bhakti movement of the 12th century.
Puttaraj Gawai has authored books in Kannada, Hindi and Sanskrit.
Puttaraja Gawai is one of the pioneers of Veereshwara Punyashrama, a music school dedicated to imparting musical knowledge to people who are differentially able-d.
Puttaraj Gawai Gavai has given innumerable performances and has been considered one of the pioneering feats of Theatre Movement in the North Karnataka.
Puttaraj Gawai Kavi Gavai has been serving out society in different capacities and is a catalyst of social and communal harmony.
Puttaraj Gawai richly deserves any coveted prize and honour like "Padma Vibhushan Award".
Puttaraj Gawai has taught many students which presently runs to a count of more than 1000 visually impaired.
Puttaraj Gawai died 17 September 2010, at Veereshwara Punyashrama, Gadag, Karnataka.
Puttaraj Gawai was buried at the ashram as per the veerashaiva traditions with respectful government honours.
Pt Puttaraj Gawai has been bestowed with many awards for his contributions to music, literature and social service.