Award Name : Padma Bhushan
Year of Award : 2010
Award for : Arts
Location : Mumbai, Maharashtra, India
Pandit Shrinivas Vinayak Khale fondly addressed as "Khale Kaka", was an Indian composer/music director from Maharashtra, India. He was working in the Marathi music industry for more than six decades. He has composed music for a number of songs in Hindi, Bengali, Gujarati, Sanskrit and particularly Marathi. He is also known as Khale Kaka. He was born on 30 April 1926 in Mumbai, Maharashtra, India. He has worked with many talented artists like Lata Mangeshkar, Asha Bhosale, Suman Kalyanpur, Sulochna Chauhan,etc. He has worked to compose music for six Marathi films. He has recorded 141 poems and also composed music for theatrical plays like Paanigrahan, Vidushak and Devache paay. He is the only musician who has the proud of bringing out two Bharat Ratna Recipient singers, Lata Mangeshkar and Pandit Bhimsen Joshi.
He began his career as a music director in All India Radio in 1945. He then proceeded to his first recording of Talat Mahmood in Gramaphone Company India Limited in 1950. His first Marathi song was recorded between 1952 and 1953. He made many records in songs recording in Marathi. In order to continue his career in music, he left Baroda. Datta Marulkar wrote a book Antaryami Surr Gavasala in 2009 describing Khale's journey. Khale expresses in this book, his indebtedness towards God for the love, affection and support that he got from his friends and family. The book named Shrinivas Khale-Ek Sankalan was released by Mauj Publishers in 1970 for completing his victorious silver jubilee as a music director. He was one of the most respected artists in the Marathi music industry for over six decades. He is the recipient of Padma Bhushan award in 2010.