Creative innovation in Hindustani Classical music has been the key to Rajendra Kandalgaonkar's growth as an artist. Moving into the depths of Raga, he understands and responds to the emotional environment and the nature of the Raga. As he evokes the "alaap" of raga he builds a rapport with his audience. With original thought in "layakari" and "taans", he performs with both the expected and unexpected surprises. This gives his singing a distinct and very attractive flavour.