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Dr Amit Arya, artistic director of the Pandit Jasraj Institute of Music in Toronto, giving details about the upcoming May 5 event. All proceeds from the concert will go to the not-for-profit institute to support Indian classical vocal instruction in Toronto and surrounding areas.

Living legend Pandit Jasraj to perform in Toronto

Staff Report

The Pandit Jasraj Institute of Music in Toronto will be presenting — for the first time in Canada — a unique concert featuring “Three Generations of the Mewati Gharana”.

Padma Vibhushan Sangeet Martand Pandit Jasraj will be performing in Toronto Saturday, May 5, 2012 at 5pm at the Sringeri Vidya Bharati Foundation (80 Brydon Dr) in Etobicoke.

The concert will feature Dr Amit Arya, artistic director of the Pandit Jasraj Institute of Music in Toronto as the introductory artist, followed by “Acharya Shiromani” Pandita Tripti Mukherjee, and then the living legend, Sangeet Martand Padma Vibhushan Pandit Jasraj.

The artists will be accompanied by Aditya Narayan Banerjee and Hindole Majumdar on the tabla, and Parag Marathe and Dr Neelesh Nadkarni on harmonium.

In January 2011, Amit Arya launched the Pandit Jasraj Institute of Music Toronto (www.panditjasrajinstitute.ca), a not-for-profit organization with a mandate to propagate Indian classical vocal music. Through this institute, Amit teaches students of all ages and levels in the style of the Mewati Gharana.

“My personal mission is to establish Indian Classical Music as a mainstream phenomenon as the director of the Institute,” says Arya. All proceeds from the concert will go to the not-for-profit institute to support Indian Classical Vocal instruction in Toronto and surrounding areas.

Arya also gave details about the initiative:

What is the Pandit Jasraj Institute of Music?
The Pandit Jasraj Institute of Music was founded in Toronto in January 2011, a not-for-profit organization with a mandate to propagate Hindustani classical vocal music.

How did the institute originate?
I launched the institute in my Guru, Pandit Jasraj’s name, after Pandit Jasraj and Pandita Tripti Mukherjee asked me to be the torch bearer of the Mewati Gharana in Toronto.
I’ve been learning vocal music since the age of eight, mastering the finer notations of the Mewati Gharana from Pandit Jasraj as well as his senior disciples, Hemang Mehta, Pritam Bhattacharjee and Asha Lohia.
I desire to carry forward the legacy and music of my Guru and share it with others who have the commitment and devotion to learn classical music. It was this desire that prompted the establishment of this organization.

What does it provide?
The Pandit Jasraj Institute of Music in Toronto offers classes in Hindustani classical music for students who wish to learn in the traditional Guru Shishya tradition.
The institute is open to students of all ages, races, religions and nationality; they do not necessarily have to have any prior knowledge of music.
The institute will also conduct annual workshops, music competitions and music concerts.

Why is such an institute required in Toronto?
It develops the audience for an appreciation of Hindustani vocal music by encouraging like-minded students.

Tickets for the May 5 event can be purchased online at www.panditjasrajinstitute.ca or via www.sulekha.com

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