Omkarnath Thakur

Omkar Nath Thakur (1897-1967) was a distinguished vocalist and an eminent representative of the Gwalior Gharana. He was a disciple of Pandit V.D. Paluskar. He was one of the rare musicians who combined in him the attributes of a magnificent performer as well as that of a serious scholar with several books to his credit. He had a naturally smooth and vibrant voice. His rendering of the bhajans was extremely heartfelt. Omkar Nath Thakur helped to establish the Kala Sangeet Bharti (Faculty of Fine Arts) at the Benaras Hindu University. A renowned scholar, he was also the author of several works on music, like Sangeetanjali and Parnava Bharti. He also composed the music for Vande Mataram. He was honoured with titles like Sangeet Samrat, Sangeet Prabhakar and Sangeet Mahamahopadhya. The Sangeet Natak Akademi honoured him for his fine delineation of Hindustani vocal music. Rabindra Bharti and Benaras Hindu University also conferred honorary degrees upon him. He was also awarded the Padma Shri.