Smt. Padmavati Shaligram-Gokhale Born in 1918 in Kolhapur, Padmavati Shaligram was one of the senior most vocalists of Hindustani music. She was groomed in the Jaipur – Atrauli tradition by her father who were students of the legendary Alladiya Khan, the founder of the Jaipur – Atrauli Fraternity. She has been performing in public since she was thirteen and climbed to the height of success and glory very early in life. She was a top ranked performer with the All India Radio, besides featuring in numerous concerts in both the northern and southern states of the country.
In her era, she has been instrumental in paving the way for classical music to be sung by women from higher social classes and also in contributing greatly to the acceptance and respect of thumri among connoisseurs of classical music.
She has received The Sangeet Natak Akademi Award from Government of India, which is the highest national recognition given to practicing artists, gurus and scholars. She was also rewarded Kalidas Samman which is a prestigious arts award presented annually by the government of Madhya Pradesh in India.
At a very young age, Kishori Amonkar began to receive vocal lessons in Hindustani classical music from her mother, Late Mogubai Kurdikar , who was also a classical singer from the Jaipur-Atrauli Fraternity. and later received training from tutors of several gharanas.
In addition to her career as a classical vocalist, Amonkar was known for her performances of lighter classical pieces, with a wide repertoire of thumris and bhajans, as well as playback singing in movies. Amonkar's later work in light music reformed her classical singing and she modified her Jaipur gharana performance style by applying features from other gharanas
She has been a recipient of India's highest civilian national awards ,including the Padma Bhushan and Padma Vibhushan