Pandit D. K. Datar is one of India's foremost violinists. He had his initial training from the Late Pandit Vighneshwar Shastri. Later he received invaluable guidance from Professor B. R. Deodhar. But his style was really influenced by his close association with the Late Pandit D. V. Paluskar. His gayaki style of playing has a unique quality that is rarely found in today's violinists. Pandit Datar is well known for his systematic presentation of the "ragas" in the classical tradition. He also excels, in presenting thumaris, bhajans and other forms of light classical music.
He is a recipient of the Sangeet Natak Academy Award (1996) and the Maharashtra Government Award (1998). He has been visiting faculty at many universities such as Bombay University, S.N.D.T. University, M. S. Baroda University, Banaras Hindu University and Khairaghar University. He has performed duets with Shahid Parvez, Hariprasad Chaurasia, Vijay Raghav Rao, Sultan Khan, Devendra Murdeshvar and has accompanied D. V. Paluskar, Kishori Amonkar, Saraswati Rane, Hirabai Barodekar, Narayanrao Vyas, Kumar Gandharva and many others.
Pandit Datar has toured extensively in India and has participated a number of times in all of the presrigious music conferences held in Bhopal, Pune, Ahmedabad, Hydrabad, Madras, Baroda, Calcutta, Nagpur, Indore and Delhi. He also had successful concert tours of U. S. A., Canada, U. K., Europe, Iceland, Japan, U.A.E. and countries of South East Asia.