Malini Rajurkar (8 January 1941 – 6 September 2023) was a renowned Hindustani classical singer belonging to the illustrious Gwalior Gharana. Her melodious voice and mastery over various genres of Indian classical music made her a beloved figure in the world of music.
Malini’s journey into the world of music began in her childhood. She was born and raised in the vibrant state of Rajasthan, India. After completing her education, she briefly worked as a mathematics teacher at the Savitri Girls’ High School & College in Ajmer, where she had previously graduated in the same subject.
During this time, Malini seized the opportunity to further her musical education by obtaining a three-year scholarship. She enrolled at the Ajmer Music College and began her formal music training under the expert guidance of two influential figures: Govindrao Rajurkar and his nephew, who would later become her husband, Vasantrao Rajurkar.
Malini Rajurkar’s illustrious career spanned several decades, during which she graced numerous prestigious music festivals in India with her soul-stirring performances. Some of the notable festivals where she left an indelible mark include:
- Gunidas Sammelan in Mumbai
- Tansen Samaroh in Gwalior
- Sawai Gandharva Festival in Pune
- Shankar Lal Festival in Delhi
Malini was particularly renowned for her exceptional command over the Tappa and Tarana genres. Her versatility was evident in her ability to perform lighter music as well. Her renditions of Marathi natyageete, including songs like “pandu-nrupati janak jaya,” “naravar krishnasamaan,” and “ya bhavanatil geet purane,” resonated deeply with her audience, earning her immense popularity.
In recognition of her outstanding contributions to the field of Hindustani classical music, Malini Rajurkar received the prestigious Sangeet Natak Academy Award in the year 2001. This award served as a testament to her remarkable talent and dedication to the art form.
Malini Rajurkar’s personal life was intertwined with her passion for music. She was married to the distinguished vocalist and guru, Vasantrao Rajurkar, who played a pivotal role in her musical journey. Together, they created a musical legacy that continues to inspire aspiring artists.
On the 6th of September, 2023, Malini Rajurkar passed away in Hyderabad at the age of 82 due to age-related complications. Her contribution to the world of music remains etched in the hearts of music enthusiasts, and her legacy continues to live on through her timeless melodies and the countless lives she touched with her extraordinary talent.