Ananth Laxmanrao Kulkarni hailing from the background of a traditional family, had
developed a keen interest in music since his childhood days listening to the singing
of his mother, Smt. Padmavathi and also his elder brother, Sri Gururaj Kulkarni.
He picked up his singing early and was a regular in his school and college apart
from singing light music and film songs at functions in the neighborhood. He received
his bachelor’s degree in music (Hindustani) with distinction. He received his initial
training in hindustani classical music from Pt. H. R. Badiger and later mastered
and honed his singing skills under tutelage of Pt. Mukund Gore. He passed the Vidwat
Exam (Hindustani Music) conducted by the Government of Karnataka with a first class
and received the distinction of Sangeet Marthand from Prayag Sangeeth Sameeti, Allahabad.
He is an ‘A’ Grade artist of light music of All India Radio, Dharwar.
Ananth Kulkarni was initiated into singing dasara pada (devotional songs of Haridasas)
greatly influenced and encouraged by Sri Prabhakar Joshi. His brother Sri Gururaj
Kulkarni was also into singing dasara pada and has set to tune many of them, which
were later popularized by Ananth Kulkarni.
Ananth Kulkarni gave his first full fledged dasawani concert at Yadgir in the year
1987 and thereafter there was no looking back. Over the years he emerged as the
most sought after devotional singer for dasawani concerts performing in nook and
corner of the entire state of Karnataka as well as in the neighboring states.
He is known for his unique style of rendering songs of Haridasas with lot of emphasis
on the lyrics and pronunciation keeping his rendition simple and divine. His deep
understanding of the madhwa philosophy, on which the haridasa songs are based on,
gives him the command on rendering the songs with unsullied clarity, diction and
divinity, a quality which is most appreciated by his enormous fan following.