Pandit Ulhas Kashalkar was born into a family of musicians. His father, N D Kashalkar, a musician in his own right, initiated him to vocal music. He also received training from great masters such as Pandit Ram Maratha and Pandit Gajananbua Joshi. Kashalkar has toured extensively around the world and participated in various music festivals in Dubai, Switzerland, Oman, Europe, amongst many others. He is a recipient of several awards, among them the prestigious Padma Shree and the Sangeet Natak Academy Award. He has been a Guru at the ITC Sangeet Research Academy for nearly twenty years and is presently the principle and Guru of the Bengal Parampara Sangeetalaya, in Dhaka.