Born on December 6, 1920, Acharya Vishwanath Rao Ringe was an eminent Hindustani classical music vocalist and composer hailing from the Gwalior gharana. He was popularly known as ‘Acharya Tanarang’, as he composed nearly all of his bandishes under the title ‘Tanarang’.
Acharya Tanarang was the disciple of Pandit Krishnarao Shankar Pandit of Gwalior gharana. He received rigorous training as a performer of khayal gayaki in Gwalior gharana style. He was awarded Sangeet Praveen and Sangeet Bhaskar from Shankar Gandharv Mahavidyalaya, Gwalior. In 1939, he established a music school called Bhartiya Sangeet Kala Mandir.
More about Acharyaji’s Compositions:
Acharya Tanarang is credited for composing more than 1800 bandishen in about 200 Raags and different Taals like Ektal, Deepchandi, Trital, Tilwada, Chanchar, Dadra, Keharva, Jhaptaal, Adaa-Choutal, Roopak and so on. His name is also enlisted in the prestigious ‘Limca Book of Records’ for the same.
Here I play his iconic bandish “Kaahe karat barjori kanhai” on my own unique instrument “Pratham Tarang” to mark his Centenary Celebrations organized by his illustrious son, Shri Prakash Ringe