Mr. Santosh Gajanan Kulkarni


Santosh Gajanan Kulkarni
“Tabla Alankar”
From Gandharva Mahavidyalaya                      
“Tabla Vidwat”
From Karnataka Secondary Education Board

223, 5th cross Chidambar nagar,
Belgaum, Karanataka, India - 590 006
India: +91 99160 37777
Doha+974 3360 3716

Santosh Gajanan Kulkarni belongs to the family of rich musical heritage. His grand father Late Shri Annaji Kulkarni was a noted Tabla player. His father Pandit Gajanan Kulkarni and Uncle Shri R.V.Kulkarni, both are renounced Tabla players.

Santosh started his initial Tabla training at the age of 4 with his father. Then he took advanced training from Pandit Basavraj Bendigeri (a distinguished Tabla Vidwan of thee period) at Dharwar. Santosh started giving solo concerts at the age of 8, after meticulously trained by Pt. Basavraj. He travelled all over India to accompany great artists and to give solo performances too.

A turning point in santosh’s life came when he met Pandit Suresh Talvalkar. The hunt for excellence drawled him to Mumai where he undergone through specialized training from Pt. Suresh Talvalkar in Gurukula System. A hard work of more than 10 years, great personnel passion and Pt. Suresh Talvalhar’s expertise finally molded Santosh as a genius Tabalji. Santosh developed his own style of solo performances and started accompanying all the leading artists.

Santosh’s playing technique is well appreciated by many great artists like Ustad Zakir Hussain,Ustad Shafad Ahamad, Ustad Sabir Khan,  Pt. Eswarlal Mishra, Pt. Arvind Mulgaonkar, Pt. Bhai Gaitonde.


 Santosh has participated in various State Level Competitions and won prestigious awards and prizes. Some of his achievements are:

At the age 10 he got the Scholarship from CCRT, Delhi.

Winner of ‘Art Circle’ Competitions, 1990, 1991, 1992 repeatedly.
Won 1st prize in “Yuvajana Nritya Mahotsav” at Tirupati
Won 1st prize in the “Inter University Youth Festival” and “Winter Carnival” at Manali.
Won 2nd prize at “All India Music Education Society” competition, conducted by Dr Gangubai Hangal.
Awarded the titles of  “Hari Om Puraskar” by Maharaja of Jaipur and by “Patvardhan Puraskar” by Vishwamohan Bhatt 
Awarded in International Music Conference with a title “Taal Mani”
Selected in “Tal Sadhana” Competition at Sholapur.

In addition to above, Santosh has given concerts in various festivals like

  • “Republic Day” at Red Fort, 
  • “Mysore Dasara” at Mysore,
  • ”Konark Festival” at Konark, 
  • "Onam Festival” in Kerala, 
  • “Savai Gandharva” at Kundagol, 
  • “Puna Festival” at Pune, 
  • “Winter Carnival” at Manali, 
  • “Rose Festival” at Jaipur, 
  • “Akhila Bharat Gandharva Maha Vidyalaya Conferrence” at Nasik, 
  • “Pt.Kanthe Maharaj Festival” at Aurangabad, 
  • “Kannada Sahitya Sammelan” at Belgaum, 
  • “World Cultural Conference” at Doha.

Santosh has composed music for many fusions namely; Tal Yatra, Manasollas, Trinity, Sur, Dhun, Saptak, Naad and many more which are well appreciated from the public.

Santo is popular among magicians because of his authentic individual style of playing Tabla. His style of playing reflects a true “Tablaji” in him and the listener is overwhelmed by his performance.

Santosh has accompanied great music legends like:

  • Pt Anup Jalota ,
  • Dr Vivek Khadilkar(U S A)
  • Sudhir Pote,
  • Pt Vaidya,
  • Mrs Usha Chippalkatti,
  • Pt Prakash Sangeeth,
  • Devaki Pandit ,
  • Pt Venkatesh Kumar,
  • Pt Kaivalya Kumar Guru,
  • Dr Sudhanshu Kulkarni,
  • Pt R.V.Bijapure(Harmonium),
  • Pt.SanjayDeshpande (Sitar),
  • Pt Dharmadhikari(Dilruba ),
  • Pt.Ravikiran Rao.
  • Pt. Praveen Godkhinde,
  • Vid. B.K.Anantharam,
  • Pt vishwanath Kanhere
  • Pt Nithyananda Haldipur (Flute)
  • Dr Roshan Bharati,
  • shri srishuka(c.vocal)
  • Vid.Padmabhusahan
  • Sri Lalgudi Jayaraman(Karnatic Violin)
Teaching as a Profession

Santosh owns a musical academy in Belgaum to train the Students in Gurukula System and add on that he:

  • Conducts continuous workshop on Tabla all over India and Abroad. 
  • Giving training to the students of Doha Qatar through his workshop organized by “Thunderkids”. 
  • Teaching students online all over the world. 
  • Examiner to the Nationwide music exams conducted by Akhila Bharatiya Gandharva Mahavidyalaya Mandal Mumbai and Hindi Sahitya Sammelan Allahabad.
CD’s Collections:

Santosh Gajanan Kulkarni1.    Guru Shishya Parampara – Solo performance with Shishyas
2.    Dhun – Fusion concert (Hindustani, Karnatic, Western.
3.    Jugalbandhi – A tabla jugalbandhi with Pt. Dhananjay Mishra, Banaras.
4.    Ragas to Rock – With Sitar player Sanjay Deshpande.
5.    Sitar – Classical Hindustani with Sanjay Deshpande.
6.    Tabla Solo – Live concert at Akhilabharatiya Gandharva Mahavidyalaya Conference.