India’s Heritage of Gharana Music – Pandits of Gwalior

Written by Dr Meeta Pandit who is sixth in unbroken chain of Gwalior Gharana . The book is a must read for music lovers. These are some interesting testimonials from the legends of Music in India

The well known Pandit family of Gwalior have preserved and popularize the historic Gwalor Gharana Gayaki. The legendary Pt Krishnarao Shankar Pandit and my father Ustaad Hafiz Ali Khan Saaheb were both court usicians in Gwalior for Scindias. The family’s musical legacy continues with great Pt L K Pandit and his daughter, the very talented Meeta Pandit
– Ustad Amjad Ali Khan , Padm Vibhushan

The Pandits of Gwalior have preserved the oldest legacy of Gwalior.
-Pandit Rahan Sajan Mishra , Padm Bhushan

Gwalior is the abode of music, The concept of Khayal , emerged , crystallized and spread all over from here .
gwalior became ghar , gharana and ghera of Khayal Gayaki.
– Pandit Vidyadhar Vyas , Exponent of Gwalior Gharana,Sangeet Natak Akademi

Pandits of gwalior is a must read. Highlights the traditional guru shishya parampara and selfless guru bhakti and sadhana for attainment of the highest level in any art. Meeta gives deep insights into the depth of Gayaki of Gwaliorand generosity with which the art disseminated all over India. Interesting folklore , narratives and rare pictures make it a very interesting read.
– Pandit Vishwamohan Bhatt , Grammy Awardee and Padma Bhushan

She has managed to capture the flavour of the Gwalior Gharana in her writing , which is stalwarts have bequeathed to it in style and content, interpretations in music.
– Ma Uma Vasudev , Art Critic


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About the Author
Dr Meeta Pandit belongs to the Gwalior Gharana and she is the sixth in the unbroken lineage of legendary musicians.
She is the first woman in the family to take up music professionally. Granddaughter and disciple of Padma Bhushan Pt Krishnarao Shankar Pandit, the doyen of the Northern Indian Classical music in the 20th century and daughter of Pt Laxman Krishnarao Pandit, Meeta is a leading artist of India today and and has been invited to perform in more than 20 countries. A doctorate in music , she is a top grade artist of All India Radio.

Prasar Bharati & Public Service Broadcasting trust jointly made a film on her titled Meeta : Linking a Tradition with Today. She is a recipient of many awards and honors including sangeet Natak Akademi Award , Bismillah Khan award, Indira gandhi Priyadarshini Award, Jayprakash Narayan Award , Sur Mani , Yuva Ojaswini , Yuva Ratna nd FICCI Award for music, She has also many albums on her credit.


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