He has performed all over India, including prestigious venues such as the Hampi Utsava, Mysore Dassera Durbar Festival and Sankat Mochan Sangeet Samaroh at Varanasi. He has also toured the United States and the United Kingdom extensively. While his style reflects his extensive training from Kirana masters, he is equally at ease with the Jaipur-Atrauli specialities such as Basanti Kedar, Basanti Kanada and Nat Malhar. He has pioneered to popularize the Kannada Khayal by adapting Vachanas, literary works of Haridasas and suitable contemporary poetry in Kannada, to the traditional khayal form.
Besides live performances, Dr. Havaldar has cut numerous albums in the Khayal and lighter genres. He is the founder and president of Sunaada Art Foundation, an organisation dedicated to the promotion of Indian classical Music.
As a composer, Dr. Havaldar has scored music for various plays and television shows such as Girish Karnad’s Taledanda, P. Lankesh’s Gunamukha staged by the theatre group Roopantara, the television version of Master Hirannayya’s Lanchavatara and T N Seetharam’s teleserial, Mukhamukhi. He has also worked with a theatre group in Indianapolis on the music of a play with a spiritual theme.
He regularly conducts lecture-demonstrations and workshops on music for companies like Wipro, Computer Associates, Birla 3M and Khodays among others, on topics such as Stress Management through Music and Appreciation of Hindustani Classical Music.
Dr. Havaldar has taught and continues to teach Hindustani music, both locally in Bengaluru, as well as internationally to students in the United States and United Kingdom via workshops and telephonic sessions. Many of his students have become prominent musicians themselves, notably his son Omkarnath Havaldar and many more.
Dr. Havaldar has previously worked as a Programme Executive at the Music Archives, All India Radio, Hubli (1988–1991). He was also formerly the chairman of Textbook Committee for Hindustani Music, for The Directorate of Textbooks, Karnataka.
Dr. Havaldar was born in Hospet town in Bellary District, Karnataka, where he spent his early years until his graduation. He currently resides in Bengaluru.
His sons Omkarnath and Kedarnath are musicians as well - Omkarnath is a vocalist while Kedarnath is a tabaliya.