Born in 1912, Pandit Nivruttibua Sarnaik had his musical training initially under Govind Vithal Bhave and then his famed uncle, Shankar Rao Sarnaik, followed by Rajab Ali Khan and Sawai Gandharva. His final grooming was under the direct tutelage of Alladiya Khan of Jaipur gharana, whose gayaki he adopted and developed. With a deep understanding of the `swara`, he improvised upon the Jaipur style.
The recipient of innumerable honours, including the Sangeet Natak Akademi Award in 1980, Buaji`s rhythmically complex and articulate Taan patterns had a unique charm. He also had a huge fund of exotic Ragas and compositions.
Nivruttibua was a veteran concert artiste and broadcaster and had the honour of being the Durbar Gayak of Kolhapur State. He was Professor of Music at Bombay University during the 70s and in 1978, he moved to Kolkata to join the ITC Sangeet Research Academy as a Resident Guru. Buaji loved the Academy and was equally loved by all whose lives he touched. Unfortunately, his health deteriorated in 1993, upon which he decided to return to Bombay. Nivruttibua passed away on Febraury 16, 1994.