Malini Rajurkar
Malini Rajurkar in 2011
Malini Rajurkar in 2011
Background information
Born(1941-01-08)8 January 1941
Rajasthan, India
Died6 September 2023(2023-09-06) (aged 82)
Hyderabad, India
GenresClassical, Devotional, Folk
Occupation(s)Singer, musician
Instrument(s)Vocals, Harmonium, Tanpura
Years active1966–20??
LabelsHMV, Saregama

Malini Rajurkar (8 January 1941 – 6 September 2023) was an Indian Hindustani classical singer of Gwalior Gharana.[1]

Early life

Malini Rajurkar grew up in the state of Rajasthan in India. For three years she taught mathematics at the Savitri Girls’ High School & College, Ajmer, where she had graduated in the same subject. Taking advantage of a three-year scholarship that came her way, she finished her Sangeet Nipun from the Ajmer Music College, studying music under the guidance of Govindrao Rajurkar and his nephew, who was to become her future husband, Vasantrao Rajurkar.

Performing career

Malini performed in major music festivals in India, including Gunidas Sammelan (Mumbai), Tansen Samaroh (Gwalior),[2] Sawai Gandharva Festival (Pune), and Shankar Lal Festival (Delhi).

Malini is noted especially for her command over the Tappa and the Tarana genre. She also sung lighter music. Her renditions of Marathi natyageete, pandu-nrupati janak jaya, naravar krishnasamaan, ya bhavanatil geet purane have been particularly popular.


Rajurkar died in Hyderabad on 6 September 2023, at the age of 82.[3]



  1. ^ "She is a connoisseur's delight". The Hindu. 19 March 2004. Archived from the original on 9 May 2004. Retrieved 10 October 2014.((cite news)): CS1 maint: unfit URL (link)
  2. ^ Anant Maral Shastri#Saluting the Legends
  3. ^ "Malini Rajurkar, Hindustani vocalist whose 'tappa' renditions were epic, passes away at 82". The Times of India. 7 September 2023. ISSN 0971-8257. Retrieved 12 February 2024.
  4. ^ "Sangeet Natak Academy awardee list". Sangeet Natak Academy. Archived from the original on 30 May 2015. Retrieved 10 October 2014.