By Renu Mehta
MISSISSAUGA: The room is resplendent with sounds of Hindustani vocal music where a diverse motley of ragas assault the psyche, encompassing the senses until all one can hear is the harmony of the compositions.
Blessed with a mellifluous voice and exceptional versatility, Dr. Amit Arya, founder of the Pandit Jasraj Institute of Music in Toronto (PJIM) and an accomplished disciple of Mewati maestro and Living Legend Pandit Jasraj, is performing. The audience is extensive and varied, comprising the young and old, some as young as nine years of age.
With a full repertoire of khayal recital of Hindustani classical music, Dr. Arya teaches students of all ages through his Institute in Toronto. Launched three years ago, the not-for-profit organization has a mandate to propagate Indian Classical Vocal Music and teach classical music in the style of the Mewati Gharana to students of all levels.
Dr. Arya, has performed widely in India, the US and Canada in prestigious venues and festivals. His presentations include a wide array of concerts including a unique concert featuring three generations of the Mewati Gharana with Padma Vibhushan Sangeet Martand Pandit Jasraj and Pandita Tripti Mukherjee in Etobicoke, the India Day Festival in downtown Toronto, the Rose Theatre in Brampton and the Royal Ontario Museum.
“The traditional practice of Indian Classical Music and art is all encompassing with the language and culture of South Asia,” says Dr. Arya.
“I enjoy the meditative, creative and spontaneous aspects of Indian Classical Music, which are inherent in the art form, during teaching, composing, practicing and learning. I am also very lucky to belong to the stylistic lineage of the world famous Pandit Jasraj as it is his singing which originally attracted me to Indian Classical music.”
Having learnt vocal music since the age of eight, Dr. Arya began his training with Anita Khare of Vancouver after which he went on to learn music from Asha Lohia under the Pandit Jasraj School of Music in Vancouver.
Since 1999, the medical doctor took advanced training from living legend, Sangeet Martand Padma Vibushan Pandit Jasraj as well as senior disciples Hemang Mehta, Pritam Bhattacharjee, Pandita Tripti Mukherjee and Pandit Suman Ghosh.
“My personal mission is to establish Indian Classical Music as a mainstream phenomenon as the director of the Institute,” says Dr. Arya. Students of all ages and levels wishing to enroll can email firstname.lastname@example.org, call 647-853-4482 or visit www.panjitjasrajinstitute.ca.