H. R. Keshava Murthy
Born(1934-02-22)22 February 1934
Died21 December 2022(2022-12-21) (aged 88)
Hosahalli, Karnataka, India
AwardsSee list

H. R. Keshava Murthy (22 February 1934 – 21 December 2022) was an Indian gamaka exponent and guru.[1] He was honoured with Shantala Natya Sri Award by the Government of Karnataka in 1998 and Padma Shri in 2022 by the Government of India in the field of arts.

Personal life

Murthy was born on 22 February 1934 in a family of gamaka artists to Vedabrahma Ramaswamy Shastry. He resided in Hosahalli.[2][3] He was married and had 1 daughter. He died at his house in Hosahalli on 21 December 2022.[1]


A noted expert in the field of gamaka,[4] Murthy received training in music from his father and later from Venkateshaiah.[1] He publicised Kannada epics Kumaravyasas Bharatha and Jaiminis Bharatha.[5] His variant of music later came to be known as Keshava Murthy gharana.[2]


Murthy was awarded the Shantala Natya Sri Award in 1998 for his contribution to classical dance by the Government of Karnataka.[6] In 2002, he was awarded the Rajyotsava Prashasti and the Karnataka Ratna award by the Government of Karnataka.[7][8][disputed ] In 2022, the Government of India conferred him with Padma Shri, the country’s fourth highest civilian award,[9] in the field of arts for his contributions to preserve Kavya Vachana, a storytelling in the form of art in Karnataka.[10][5]


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  2. ^ a b "Hosahalli celebrates Gamaka exponent Keshava Murthy's Padma Shri". The New Indian Express. 27 January 2022. Retrieved 25 November 2022.
  3. ^ "Festive mood at Hosahalli". The Hindu. 26 January 2022. ISSN 0971-751X. Retrieved 25 November 2022.
  4. ^ K. N. Venkatasubba Rao (18 May 2001). "Govt. to choose deserving candidates". The Hindu. Archived from the original on 13 November 2002. Retrieved 25 November 2022.
  5. ^ a b "Among Padma Shri awardees are Kashmir's Karate Kid, Haryana doctor behind world's 1st IVF buffalo calf". The Tribune. PTI. 26 January 2022. Retrieved 25 November 2022.
  6. ^ "Profile of recipients of 'Shantala Natya Sri Awards'". www.karnataka.gov.in. Karnataka Government.[non-primary source needed]
  7. ^ "Know Padma Shri awardees from Karnataka: Dalit poet Siddalingaiah, scientist Ayyappan and others". The Indian Express. 26 January 2022. Retrieved 25 November 2022.
  8. ^ "Padma Awards 2022: Meet awardees conferred in the field of art for their distinguished contribution". The Indian Express. 29 March 2022. Retrieved 25 November 2022.
  9. ^ Khurana, Suanshu (28 April 2022). "Padma Shri awardee removed from govt accommodation as eviction starts". The Indian Express. Retrieved 25 November 2022.
  10. ^ Athrady, Ajith (25 January 2022). "Five from Karnataka honoured with Padma Shri awards". Deccan Herald. Retrieved 25 November 2022.