Eminent exponent of Gwalior gharana of Hindustani classical music, Pandit Narayanrao Bodas, passed away in Pune, Maharashtra after a brief illness. He was 84. He was revered for his deep voice and expressive face among actor vocalists.
Pandit Narayanrao Bodas
He was born into family connected with gayaki of Pandit Vishnu Digambar Paluskar. He learned music from his father Laxmanrao and subsequently from Pralhadpant Ganu. He had started his career as an actor-vocalist from play Saubhagyarama written by B N Purandare.
He has acted in several plays including Sangeet Saubhadra, Buddha Tithe Harala, Pati Gele Ga Kathewadi, Sangeet Mrichhakatik, Sangeet Manapman, Sangeet Mahashweta, Sangeet Saubhadra and Sangeet Sanshaykallol. He was awarded prestigious Balgandharva award by Maharashtra government for his outstanding contributions to music.
He had retired from theatre in 1993 and later worked in Mumbai University for 12 years teaching graduate and post graduate students. After retiring from university he taught music at Gandharva Mahavidyalaya in Mumbai for free from 2006.