The Karnataka Sangeeta Nritya Academy has announced ‘Karnataka Kalashri’ State Awards for the year 2020-21 and Pandit Rajaprabhu Dhotre of Belagavi (Vocal) is one of the awardees.
The awards were announced at a meeting presided over by Academy Chairman Anoor Ananthakrishna Sharma recently.
The Honorary Awards carry a cash prize of Rs.50,000 and Annual Awards carry a cash prize of Rs.25,000 and a citation. The awards will be conferred at a program to take place at Bengaluru’s Ravindra Kalakshetra on Feb. 6, according to a press release.
Dhotre was also feted with the Rajostva award for the year 2017.
Ganesh Bhat, Mandya’s Upasana Mohan and Srirangapatna’s Murali also bagged the honours
Pt Rajprabhu Dhotre hails from a family of musicians. His grandfather was Pakhawaj player and his father a musician. His mother too was interested in singing classical and devotional songs. Rajprabhu has inherited the impulse of singing from his parents. He started to sing from the age of 6. At the age of 10, he came under the tutelage of Bhajan Chudamani Late Pt.Basvantappa Kadlaskar, a well known Kirana Gharana vocalist and music teacher from Belagavi.
He is proficient in classical, light classical devotional songs. He has performed concerts in Karnataka, Goa, Maharashtra, Andra Pradesh , Gujrat etc. He is accredited to All India Radio with A Grade for classical and light music. He stood first in the Sangeet Vidwat exam in the whole of the state. He also performs in Doordarshan Bengaluru and Goa.