Pt. Dinkar Kaikini, R.I.P.

I just learned that Kaikini died earlier this week in Mumbai. I have always been extremely fond of his singing. Here are two clips for your enjoyment. First, a wretchedly bad video with a sublime rendition of Todi:

and second, this beautiful Kabir bhajan:

Many years ago, when I was in Pune under Bhimsenji’s auspices, Pt. Kaikini was visiting the Joshi residence. I was practicing in an adjacent room. After he left, Bhimsen’s wife Vatsala came into the room where I was singing. She said, “Pandit Dinkar Kaikini heard you singing, and he said ‘This one will be a singer.’

In those days I didn’t get a lot of encouragement, so those words fell very sweetly on my ears. I’d loved Kaikiniji’s singing already, but his kindness in making that comment was really the icing on the cake.

Many of his commercial cassettes are excellent. While his voice is not for everyone, I love it.

Goodbye, “Dinarang.” Rest in Peace.

Rajesh, my condolences. Panditji was a fine man and a wonderful musician. I am grateful for the several times I was able to hear him perform in Pune and Miraj.

27 Jan 2010, 2:35pm
by rajesh kelkar

Hi Warren,

Nice write up! Actually I had similar experience as yours. He appreciated me and I started visiting him to learn all the way from Baroda. I lost my Guru.

May his soul rest in Peace.


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