Pt. Firoj Dastur

Pandit Firoz Dastur, the doyen of the Kirana Gharana is the disciple of Sawai Gandharva, one of the greatest exponents of the Kirana Gharana and disciple of the legendary Ustad Abdul Karim Khan. In a singing career that has spanned almost six decades, he has enthralled audiences both in India and abroad. In addition to performances at prestigious conferences like the All India Music Conference, Sadarang, Sarba Bharatiya Surdas Sangeet Sammelan, Sur Singar Sansad and Tansen Music Festival, he has participated in every Sawai Gandharva Mahotsav since 1952. He has been a Professor of Hindustani Classical Music at the Bombay University since the inception of its Department of Music in 1969. He has received many honours and awards, which include the prestigious Sangeet Natak Akademi Award, the Tansen Award given by the Madhya Pradesh Government and the Maharastra State Gaurav Puraskar, awarded by the Maharastra Government. The South Gujarat University has conferred an Honorary Doctorate on him.