Pandit Dattatreya Vishnu Paluskar which is known as D.V. Paluskar was born on the 28th May, 1921 in Nasik, Maharashtra. He is honored as one of the most influential Hindustani classical singers. His father Sangeet Bhaskar Vishnu Digambar Paluskar also was a renowned Hindustani musician. Ultimately, D. V. too become a very sparkling and talented singer; a precious heir to his famous father.Though he was originally Gadgil (a Maharashtrian surname), yet became popular as ‘Paluskar’ by his hometown Palus, Dist: Sangli.
When he was merely ten years old, he lost his father. Thereafter, he had his musical grooming under Pandit Vinayakrao Patwardhan, Pandit Narayanrao Vyas, Pandit Chintamanrao Paluskar and Pandit Mirashi Buwa. Owing to his first ever public performance at the age of fourteen, at the Harvallabh Sangeet Sammelan in Punjab, his fame as a child sensation was spread everywhere.
The time has proven that genius always have an open mind to welcome ideas of others as well. D.V.Paluskar was very modest. People close to him used to call him as ‘Bapurao’. He was completely alert of his talent but never arrogant about them. He never spoke ill of anyone, was of a quiet nature and absolutely free from any vice. Though he was from the Gwalior gharana and the Gandharva Mahavidyalaya, yet was sensible enough to accept salient features of other gharanas and styles. D.V. Paluskar developed his own independent style.
He had complete mastery over his art and sang with perfection, ease and confidence, while we captured his magic artistry on our discs.
His melodic voice and clear alap made him very popular. Through his singing; he would perform bandish beautified by beautiful taans in his easy and mesmerizing style. It was also his skill by which, he would put forth a striking and broad picture of a raga in a very short time. With his talent in pure classical music, singing bhajans was also his love. Bhajans that are sung by him are immortal in his fans’ hearts.
In his singing career, he sang only for two films. Who can ever forget his outstanding duet with Amir Khan in the film Baiju Bawra. It was a scene in jugalbandi between Tansen and Baiju in that film. However, Bapurao had to be persuaded to accept the job. Initially, he was anxious that by singing in films would destroy his unique sining technique. The two great artists coordinated in every respect and thus this jugalbandi presentation proved to be the most exciting and the highlight of the film.The other film was Shaap Mochan (Bengali film).
He died from encephalitis on 26 October 1955 in Mumbai, India.