Mumbai: Renowned harmonium player Pandit Tulsidas Borkar passes away

Pandit Tulsidas Borkar, a Padma Shri awardee and well-known harmonium player breathed his last at Mumbai’s Nanavati Hospital


The musical artist passed away on Saturday, September 29. According to information provided by Nanavati Hospital, he was suffering from a chest infection and had breathing difficulties.

The time of death was pronounced at around 10:44 am today morning. He was 84-years-old. The Government of India awarded him the civilian honour of the Padma Shri in 2016.

Apart from his contribution to harmonium playing, Tulsidas Borkar is also a celebrated organ player for musicals in Marathi theatre. Between the years 1950 to 1980, he accompanied several leading actor-singers and has composed for musical theatre productions and albums.

Over the many decades, Tulsidas Borkar has provided sensitive harmonium accompaniment to several vocalists in live concerts and recordings.

Apart from Padma Shri, he received Govindrao Tembe Sangakkara Puraskar, Keshavarao Date Puraskar, ITC -Sangeet Research Academy Award, Dinanath Mangeshkar Award, and the Sangeet Natak Akademi Award.