Pandit Ulhas Bapat, Santoor Maestro And Close Associate Of RD Burman, Dies At 67

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Twenty-four years after the death of renowned Indian music composer RD Burman, his close friend and santoor maestro Pandit Ulhas Bapat too sadly passed away, aged 67, on Thursday.

“Bapat died in Hinduja Hospital, Mumbai, and had been hospitalized for several weeks prior to his death,” said an official source.

Pandit Ulhas Bapat was born on 31 August 1950. At the age of five, he started learning Tabla under Ramakant Mhapsekar. However, he took up the santoor after seeing it at a musical instrument shop. He studied under veterans like Zarin Daroowala Sharma, Pandit KG Ginde, and Pandit Wamanrao Sadolikar among others for a more nuanced musical education.

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