Pathak (Bankim Pravinchandra Pathak) was born on 3rd July, 1948 at Ahmedabad.
His father was also a well known folk singer. From his childhood Bankim
Pathak was very much inspired from his father. During his school days
he was also supported by his principal Mrs. Jayaben Patel. She was always
encouraging him to sing in daily prayer and other small functions in
the school. After completing his school he joined St. Xavier's College
and made his graduation with B.A. in the year 1969. Between 1966 to
1969 of his college life he always used to sing a song of his favorite
singer Mohmad Rafi in almost all functions. He was known as "Voice
of Rafi" in his friends and social circle.
Bankim Pathak took his primary training of music from Shri Navinbhai
Shah and Shri Krishnakant Parikh (Radio Artist). But than after he take
a basic voice cultural training from Pro. Sudhir Khandekar and brought
up with a real voice - Today Bankim Pathak is truly saying that, he
was totally uplifted only by Pro. Sudhir Khandekar and Shri Sharad Khandekar
(Orchestra Khandekar Brothers).
In the year 1969 "Visarata Sur" fame Shri Ambrish Parikh gave
first break to Bankim Pathak as a professions singer in his banner.
From the year 1976 to 1980 he started to perform with orchestra Khandekar
Brothers as a leading singer and he became more experienced singer.
But the story begins now....on 8th April, 1980, Jaishankar Sundri Hall,
Ahmedabad - Bankim Pathak performed his first one man show with female
singer Anila Gohil under the banner of "Bankim-Anila Concert".
The program get unforgettable response from all music lovers and fans
of Shri Mohmad Rafi. On public demand from other cities several show
were also performed in Surat, Navsari and Baroda also and Bankim Pathak
brought out his real identification as a Voice of Rafi.
July, 1980 - Mohmad Rafi passed away from us. All the music lovers were
shocked. They felt very alone and sad without Rafi Saab's voice. Just
after six months from Rafi Saab's death in January, 1981 Bankim Pathak
started his own title - "EK YAAD RAFI KE BAAD" (Bankim Pathak
Night with Anila Gohil) and performed all over India and made his perfect
place in the heart of Rafi Saab's fans and let them realize that they
are not alone, they can be enjoy Rafi Saab's voice again - by the medium
of Bankim Pathak.
Bankim Pathak made his first tour of abroad in May 1981 of U.K. In this
tour he perform 10 successful shows of "EK YAAD RAFI KE BAAD".
As 1981 is the year of the disabled and as Bankim Pathak is a disabled
person himself, he arrange one charity show for the same and collected
and given f 33,000 (Approx. Rs. 6,60,000) to St. Merry Children Hospital,
London. This was appreciated all over UK and India. After this successive
tour Bankim Pathak performed all around the world. Today in his most
of overseas tours he gives one charity show for disabled
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