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Pandit Firoz 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 Khansaheb Abdul Karim Khan.

In a singing career that has spanned almost six decades, Panditji 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, Panditji has participated in every Sawai Gandharva Mahotsav since 1952.

Panditji has been a Professor of Hindustani Classical Music at the Bombay University since the inception of its Department of Music in 1969. The many honors and awards Panditji has received include the prestigious - National Award awarded by the Sangeet Natak Academy, New Delhi, The Tansen Award awarded by the Madhya Pradesh Government, Jimmy & Shirin Guzder Trust Award given by the Federation of Parsi Zoroastrian Anjumans of India, Honorary Doctorate conferred on him by the South Gujarat University and Maharastra State Gaurav Puraskar awarded by the Maharastra Government.

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