Uday Bhawalkar is a standard-bearer for Dhrupad and a strong force in its growing recognition and popularity. He spent over 12 years studying and living in the traditional guru-shishya parampara with Ustad Zia Fariddudin Dagar (Vocal) and Ustad Zia Mohiuddin Dagar (Rudra-Veena), the pillars of the Dhrupad tradition. Bhalwakar has performed at music festivals around the world, including India, Spain, Netherlands, Germany, Switzerland, Belgium, United Kingdom, Unites States, Canada, Greece, Austria, France, amongst many others. He is a recipient of many prestigious awards including the Raza Foundation Award and the Sangeet Natak Akademi Award. Bhawalkar is a Guru at the Bengal Parampara Sangeetalay, in Dhaka.