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Gourang Kodical, Bangalore

Gourang was born on September 28, 1946 in Mumbai. He had his initiation in Tabla at the age of 5 from his music-loving parents (Ramanand and Seeta Kodical). He went on to acquire his formal training from Pt. Shashi Bellare of Mumbai and then from Pt. Dattappa Garud of Bangalore.

His advanced training in Tabla was under Tabla Nawaz Ustad Shaikh Dawood of Hyderabad, who is chiefly responsible for moulding him into the refined artiste that he is today. With the blessings of his Guru, Gourang has evolved a style of his own for accompanying Hindustani vocal music. Although Gourang accompanies both vocalists as well as various instrumentalists with equal ease, his forte is his unique style of accompanying vocalists. No matter what Gharana the vocalist belongs to, Gourang's sangat blends with the gayaki to perfection. His accompaniment is unobtrusive and yet lends excellent support to the musician, while merging with the music.

Some of the stalwarts Gourang Kodical has accompanied are:
Mallikarjun Mansur, Basavaraj Rajaguru, Kumar Gandharva, Bhimsen Joshi, Jasraj, K G Ginde, Dinkar Kaikini, S C R Bhat, Yashwantbua Joshi, Rajan/Sajan Misra, Kishori Amonkar, Prabha Atre, Parveen Sultana, Ram Narayan, Hariprasad Chaurasia and many more.

He has gone on extensive concert tours of USA, UK, Canada, Europe, Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia and Bangladesh with musicians like Pt. Dinkar Kaikini, Smt Lalith J Rao and Pt. Vinayak Torvi (Vocal), Pt. Devendra Murdeshwar (Bansuri), Sri N Rama Rao and Sri T Radhakrishna (Sitar).

In recognition of his meritorious service in the field of Hindustani Music (Tabla), the Karnataka Sangeet Nritya Academy has honoured Gourang with an award and the title, “Karnataka Kalashree”, for the year 2000-2001.

Apart from his activities in the music field, Gourang Kodical has a bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Madras University and has just opted for voluntary retirement from the State Bank of Hyderabad, where he served for 31 years.

Email: gourangkodical@yahoo.com
 

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