Dr. Ashok Damodar Ranade (25th November 1937, Pune – 30th July 2011, Mumbai) was a scholar musician par excellence. A vocalist trained in traditional Hindustani Art music, Dr Ranade was a composer constantly experimenting with new uncharted vistas. A highly respected Guru, Voice Culture specialist, analytic thinker, profound writer, master orator and a pioneer of Cultural Musicology in India, Dr. Ranade was a missionary who contributed in enriching India’s cultural life in the 21st century.
He was one of the pioneers of ‘Ethnomusicology’ in India. His books in English and Marathi are considered to be most authentic and thoughtful sources of cultural musicology. He contributed a lot in developing the ‘Theory aesthetics of Indian Music’. ‘The theory of six categories of music’ is considered to be the most important and well accepted theory proposed by Dr. Ranade which structures Musical categories as 1.Primitive, 2.Folk, 3.Art, 4.Devotional, 5.Popular and 6.Confluence.
He was a high caliber composer who composed Bandishes, with pen-name ‘Rasik Rang’, in many common and rare Ragas and Talas. He contributed as an educationist in the field of music with giving basic insights for making courses & syllabuses at many Indian and foreign Universities.
As a Guru he trained many in Hindustani Art Music such as Dr. Milind Malshe, Kedar Bodas, Suresh Bapat, Kalyani Salunke, Shuchita Athalekar, Madhao Imartey, Vidya Dengle, Chaitanya Kunte, etc. Many renowned singers such as Shruti Sadolikar, Faiyaz, Rajashri Pathak, Manjusha Patil, Ranjana Joglekar, Sameer Dublay, Prachi Dublay, etc. also got guidance from him during the thematic concerts. Many theater personalities, such as Bhakti Barve, Ila Bhate, Sayaji Shinde, etc. got his guidance for Voice Culture.