Kundgol is a famous place
in Dharwad district of Karnataka. It is located about 14
k.m. South-West of Hubli and 32 k.m. South-West of Dharwad.
Here a good deal of Poets, Musicians, Artists, Dramatists
and Saints were born and brought up. They have rendered
striking services and they have made this place holy. The
soil of this land has produced national and international
Kundgol is famous for Hindustani
Music. Rambhau Kundgolkar, popularly known as Sawai Gandharwa,
a disciple of late Ustad Abdul Karim Khan, was born here
in 1886. Pandit Sawai Gandharwa is the main architect of
Kirana Gharana school of music and was produced many great
disciplines like Dr. Gangubai Hanagal, Bharat Ratna Pandit
Bhimsen Joshi, Dr. Mallikarjun Mansur, Pandit Basavaraj
Rajguru and Shri Babasaheb Nadger who have made miracles
in an every molecule of music – a celebrated musicians
that ever to be seen in this world. The Nadgir family of
Kundgol is known for patronising Hindustani music. Shri
Siddayya Yaliwal and Shri Basavaraj N Gudageri are the famous
dramatists of this land.
Kundgol also produced many
great religious personalities. Shri Guru Govind Bhat of
Kalas taught Shri Shishunal Sharif. Later, Shri Sharif becomes
one of the great saints of Karnataka.
Historically Kundgol comes
under the core area of western Chalukya Empire. The existence
of 11th century Shri Shanmbhulingeshwar temple supports
this claim. This temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva and built
with highly polished stones which are dovetailed into one
another. The carvings and images on the pillars are well
cut. The temple was a victim of Mahammadans and was repaired
by a former Chief during 1808-09.
Kundgol is located at 15.250
N 75.250E. It has an average elevation of 615 meters (2017
feet) from sea level. The total area of the Kundgol town
is 2.8 Sq.k.m.
As of 2011 Census of India,
the population of Kundgol taluk is 1,65,568. Male constitute
84,806 being 51.2% of the population and Female constitute
80,762 being 48.8% of the total population. The literacy
level of the taluk is 65.9%. Children under the age group
of 0-6 years are 19,008.
The population of the Kundgol
Town (urban population) is 18,726. Male constitute 9,423
being 50.3% and Female constitute 9,303 being 49.7% of the
town population. The literacy rate of the town is 58%. Children
under the age group of 0-6 years are 2,184. The town municipality
was formed during 1877 and having 15 wards at present.