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Vishvas, having graduated in agriculture, later on obtained the MSc and PhD degrees in Plant Breeding and Biotechnology. Presently, he works as a senior scientific officer at Bhabha Atomic Research Centre, Mumbai. Since the first lesson in 1974, he is closely associated with Indian classical music, especially its Hindusthani (North-Central Indian) form. He received the initial training in vocal classical from the maestro, late Pt. Shreepat Shastri (disciple of Ustaad Faiyaz Khan of Agra-Rangeela tradition), and subsequently, studied for 7 more years, under the guidance of Mrs. Nalini Rokade (Pt. Shastri’s daughter), late Mr. Ashok Kulkarni and late Pt. Nanasaheb Betawadkar to receive the “Sangeet Visharad” (Music Graduate) title in vocal classical from the Gandharva Mahavidyalaya, Miraj. In the young age, he also won several prizes in music competitions .

Besides the proficiency in vocal classical, Vishvas always held a dream of learning flute, but had to wait till 1988 when he got an opportunity to receive systematic training from Pt. K.L. Ginde, a senior flautist in the tradition of late Pt. Pannalal Ghosh. Subsequently, since 1992 for about 18 years, he learnt the finer details of the Ghosh style from Pt. V.G. Karnad, the top disciple of Pt. Ghosh. He also absorbed important clues and information from Pannababuji’s students late Shri. Mohan Nadkarni, Pt. Rashbihari Desai, late Pt. Devendra Murdeshwar, late Shri. Prabhakar Nachane, Pt. Nityanand Haldipur and other senior flutists of Pannalal Ghosh tradition.


Dr. Vishvas, a 3rd generation flautist representing the original Pannalal Ghosh tradition, has performed in several music concerts in India and abroad before an elite class of audience. He plays the bamboo flute with 7 fingering holes which facilitates performing in about 3 octaves, without compromising for grammar and beauty of the Raaga. His playing style is a balanced blend of the Gayaki (vocal) and Tantkari (stringed instrumental), the characteristic of Pannalal Ghosh Gharana. He has been a master flute-maker and has also prepared a special base flute with minor modifications in Pt. Pannalal Ghosh’s original design.


With the realization that the present and upcoming generations of music connoisseurs know very little about “The Maestro’s musical contributions” and the “Intricate details of Pannalal Ghosh style of flute playing”, Vishvas picked up a mission to collect and compile the information pertaining Pt. Pannalal Ghosh, such as - published / unpublished documents and recordings, photographs, anecdotes from his students, admirers, relatives, contemporary musicians, critics, etc. A good volume of information has been collected during past about 20 years. Vishvas has disseminated the information on the matchless musical contributions of Pt. Pannalal Ghosh to a large number of music lovers during his birth centenary (2011-12) via supportive activities such as audio-visual lecture-demonstrations, photo-exhibition on Pannababuji, WEB-circulations, flute recitals etc., and continues with the efforts in this direction. He also developed a photo-exhibition on Pt. Pannalal Ghosh’s lifetime contributions, in collaboration with National Film Archive of India (NFAI). The said photo-exhibition, deposited with NFAI, is available to anybody for displaying at their end. What Vishvas can present for the music lovers is:

  • Solo flute recital in Hindusthani classical music
  • A delighting and interactive audio-visual lecture-demonstration unfurling the intricate details of the Pannalal Ghosh style of flute playing and Pannababuji's unparalleled contributions in Classical and Film Music
  • A comprehensive photo-exhibition spanning the musical voyage of Pt. Pannalal Ghosh.

He continues his efforts to propagate the “Ghosh tradition” of flute playing, and the Hindusthani music by the way of teaching (absolutely free of cost, according to Pannalal Ghosh Tradition) and also through his active association with several organizations dedicated to music.
Contact Details

Dr. Vishvas M. Kulkarni, Scientific Officer,
Nuclear Agriculture & Biotechnology Division,
Bhabha Atomic Research Centre,
Mumbai - 400 085-India,
(Home: 06 Mussoorie, Anushaktinagar, Mumbai - 400094, India.)
Telephone: pHone:+91-22-25560409,phOne+91-22-25592337 Email:,