Reputed tabla exponent Sathalinga Desai Kallur, who has had many performances both in India and abroad, is a rare breed of artist who has braved abject poverty and several other adversities in life to emerge as one of the most sought-after tabla artist. Pandit Sathalinga Desai Kallur, who has the honour of being an “A Top” grade artist of All India Radio, is incidentally only the third tabla exponent in the State to have had the honour. The other two artists are Pandit Raghunath Nakod of Dharwad and Pandit Ravindra Yavagal of Bengaluru. Pandit Sathalinga Desai Kallur, hailing from a family of musicians, spent hard days in his formative years, after shifting to Dharwad in his younger years to fine tune his skills in playing the tabla from the great masters of the art in Dharwad. “After making Male Malleshwar Mutt in Dharwad as my home, I used to go on ‘Pankthi Bikshe’ seeking alms in the form of food and food grains to feed myself and the other poor students staying in the mutt to pursue education,” the maestro said. These adversities did not diminish the yearning of Pandit Sathalinga Desai Kallur to fine tune the skills, which he learnt from his father Pandit Shankarappa Hugar.
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