Born in 1919 in Ratnagiri, Maharashtra, Shri Lalji Raghu- nath Gokhale received his training in Tabla from Ustad Ahmed Jan Thirakwa. He combines in his style the best elements of the Farrukhabad, Ajrada, and Delhi gharanas. He worked with the Prabhat Film Company, Pune, for ten years and was a staff artist with All India Radio for nearly three decades. A Tabla-player of rare distinction, he has accompanied notable Hindustani vocalists and instrumentalists of all the major gharanas. Shri Lalji Raghunath Gokhale receives the Sangeet Natak Akademi Award for his contri- bution to Hindustani instru- mental music.