In an age when maestros of the older generation express fear of the decadence of our grand tradition, Ulhasji’s music stands like the Colossus, as it were an eternal reminder of the strength of this great art. He was initiated into music by his father Sri. N D Kashalkar, an Advocate, and a musicologist. A gold medalist in his post-graduation in music from Nagpur University, Ulhasji received trainings from Pandit Rajabhau Kogje, Prof. Prabhakar Rao Khardnavadis, Pt. Ram Marathe and Pt. Gajananrao Joshi. Thus he received training of the highest order in three distinct prominent gharanas – Gwalior, Agra and Jaipur. His music is an original statement, which exhibits a musical mind at work. It has its roots in tradition without being orthodox. It is engaging and absorbing because of its architectural soundness, melodic richness, rhythmic dexterity and the transparency of communicative intent. Above all this, his supreme sense of artistic proportion leaves his listeners craving for more.
Ulhasji started his career as a Program Executive in All India Radio. He later moved to Kolkata to join the prestigious ITC Sangeet Research Academy (ITC-SRA) as a Senior Guru in the year 1992. He has been with the Academy for over twenty years, as one of the most sought after Gurus, producing numerous students of high calibre.
He is the recipient of several awards such as PadmaShri, Sangeet Natak Akademi Award, Basavraj Rajguru Puraskar and has been bestowed with several titles like Swar-Ratna, Raag-Rishi and GaanTapasvi by the revered Jagatguru Shankaracharya.
His recitals have evoked a tremendous response all over the globe. He has performed at some of the most prestigious venues in the world. The number of record companies that have released his music world over is a reiteration of his popularity. A torchbearer of our pristine tradition, Ulhasji continues to enthrall and take his audiences on an ecstatic journey through music.