Born on 31 January 1934 in Ahmedabad, Gujarat, Shri Atul Desai learnt Hindustani vocal music as a student of Pandit Omkar Nath Thakur at Banaras Hindu University. He has distinguished himself as a music composer for dance, and has composed music for more than fifty productions of Kadamb, an Ahmedabad dance institution. He has also compos- ed music for dance-dramas produced by Shriram Bharatiya Kala Kendra, Delhi, and for individual dancers. Besides dance music, Shri Desai has composed music for radio features, telefilms and plays, including several children’s productions. Bhajans and Haveli Sangeet sung by him have been recorded in the form of cassettes. Shri Desai was honoured with the Award of the Gujarat Sangeet Natak Academy in 1988. Shri Atul Desai receives the Sangeet Natak Akademi Award for his contribution to creative music.