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Kesarbai Kerkar was the disciple of such eminent gurus as Ramkrishnabuva Vaze, Bhaskarbuva Bakhale and Ustad Alladiya Khan. She studied music under these masters for no less than 25 years and became a proficient exponent of the gayaki of the Jaipur gharana. Her voice had a range of three saptakas and she could move through the whole range with ease. Her presentations of khayals were models of graceful elaboration. Gurudev Ravindranath Tagore honoured her with the title 'Surashri'. The Indian government awarded her the Padma Bhushan and the Maharashtra government adorned her with the title 'Maharashtra Rajya Gayika'. This brilliant singer died a few years ago at a ripe old age.