Omkar Gulvady

Omkar Gulvady was born in a musical family in Mangalore. His grandfather, a renowned keertankar and his uncle, a violinist and a versatile musician, inspired young Omkar Gulvady to take to classical music.

A child prodigy, Gulvady was initiated into tabla by his uncle Ratnakar Bhat Gulvady. Taranath Rao, a renowned tabla and pakhawaj maestro, moulded Omkar Gulvady into a refined tabla artiste. Well-known tabla gurus Ravi Bellare, Shashi Bellare and Arvind Mulgaonkar imparted further knowledge to Gulvady.

Reputed performers Chidanand Nagarkar, Mangeshnath Govekar, and Devendra Murdeshwar influenced Gulvady style of accompaniment

Over the years, Omkar Gulvady has provided tabla accompaniment to several senior and junior vocalists and instrumentalists. He has performed in almost all major music festivals in India and had also traveled abroad for concerts. He was one of the members chosen for recording projects undertaken by the archives of the University of Washington, USA, in the years 1993 and 1997.

Omkar Gulvady has been awarded with the Musician of the Year Award by the mayor of Cook County (Chicago), and has also been felicitated by the American Konkani Association of Chicago and the Andhra Pradesh Association of North America for his life long dedication, devotion, and contribution to the art of tabla. He was conferred with the Swar Sadhana Ratna award in 2007. In 2008, he received the Saath Sangat Pravin award. In 2009, he received the Excellence in Music award from the Kanara Saraswath Association.

Omkar Gulvady has conducted workshops on tabla accompaniment to vocal music.

He is an “A” grade musician of All India Radio and the television network and regularly broadcasts and telecasts as a soloist and accompanist.

He has been recorded widely on commercial albums.

25 Geetanjali CHS,
Off Veera Desai Road,
Andheri (W), Mumbai- 400053
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