Mumbai: Veteran singer Pandit Suresh Wadkar has been appointed as the Chairman for Board of Studies in Hindustani Music at Mumbai University.
The new role adds up to the responsibility of spreading his musical knowledge, which Pandit Suresh Wadkar has already been doing through Ajivasan Music Academy.
Pt. Suresh Wadkar is acclaimed as one of the most talented and versatile playback singers. Now, being associated with the Mumbai University as the Chairman for Board of studies in Hindustani Music has just added another feather to his cap.
Speaking about this honour that has been conferred upon him, Pt. Suresh Wadkar says, “This is indeed a matter of great honor to be appointed as the Chairman for Board of studies in Hindustani Music at Mumbai University. I have dedicated my life to spread and widen the horizon of classical music in India and across the world. I feel proud to be nominated as the representative of Hindustani Classical music by Mumbai University and I will strive to live up to the expectations!”
The National Award Winner, Pt. Suresh Wadkar has sung for stalwarts as well as the budding music directors. He has received numerous awards, including 11 for Maharashtra, 3 for Gujarat and 2 for Punjab as the State Best Male Playback Singer Awards, just to mention a few. He has to his credit perhaps the largest collection of quality songs.
Ajivasan, earlier known as Vasant Sangeet Vidyalay was founded in 1932 in Srinagar by Acharya Jialal Vasant under the patronage of Smt. Rameshwari Nehru.
With about twenty-five students under his tutelage, Guruji started out on the musical journey of Sangeet Sandhana.
The Institute had repute for providing scientific training in Hindustani Classical Music, and the students had the opportunity to perform with the master himself on several occasions.
After his demise, his daughter Prem Vasant, along with his disciple Suresh Wadkar, decided to fulfill Guruji’s dream of establishing a Gurukul, a place where the music aspirants get the benefit of residing and learning music. Thus was born Suresh Wadkar’s Ajivasan Music Academy (the term Ajivasan was coined from Acharya Jialal Vasant Sangeet Niketan in fond memory of Guruji).
Today, the institute trains about 600 students in Hindustani and Western Classical Vocals, Instrumental as well as in popular classical dance forms like Kathak and Bharatnatyam.
The institute also houses a recording house by the name Ajivasan Sounds. Each of the three studios has state-of-the-art equipment for training students in professional singing and for recording music tracks, film songs, TV and Radio ads, promos, jingles and film background score. (ANI-NewsVoir)