By Renu Mehta
TORONTO: The Pandit Jasraj Institute of Music (PJIM) in Toronto, a not-for-profit organization with a mandate to propagate Indian classical vocal music, is presenting a unique concert in the true style of the Mewati Gharana next month.
Pritam Bhattacharjee, an accomplished disciple of Mewati maestro and living legend Pandit Jasraj, will perform in a concert to be held on June 9 at the University of Toronto Mississauga campus.
Blessed with a melodious voice and versatility, he has performed widely in India and abroad in prestigious venues and festivals. He has traveled and performed extensively with his Guru Pandit Jasraj and has won several awards including the Sangeet Acharya Award from the Pandit Jasraj Institute of Music New York and New Jersey. At a very young age, he has already become not only an accomplished musician but a well known Guru and composer.
“Pritamji is a senior faculty at the Pandit Jasraj School of Music, Atlanta, USA,” says Dr. Amit Arya, founder and director of the PJIM who established the Institute in 2011. “He is a prominent member of the Mewati Gharana and an accomplished performer. It is our privilege to present him to the Toronto audience.”
The concert will be held at the MiST Theatre, University of Toronto, Mississauga Campus at 3359 Mississauga Road at 3 pm on June 9. The program will begin with recitals of disciples of Dr. Arya, followed by Bhattacharjee’s performance who will be accompanied by Shri Ravi Naimpally on the Tabla and Dr. Neelesh Nadkarni on the Harmonium.
Meanwhile, the Pandit Jasraj Institute in Toronto teaches Indian classical vocal music to students of all ages and levels with a focus to carry on the legacy of the Mewati Gharana along with the rich cultural traditions and values of India.
“The Institute offers classes in Hindustani classical music for students who wish to learn in the traditional Guru Shishya Parampara, in particular in the Mewati tradition,” says Dr. Arya who has been called the ‘face of the Mewati Gharana in Canada’ by Pandit Jasraj and is the recipient of numerous awards including the Mewati Pradeept ward in 2009 from the Pandit Jasraj Institute of Music Research, Artistry and Appreciation.
“The Institute is open to all who have the commitment, dedication and open mind to learn music. PJIM Toronto is also open to all the students of all ages, races, religions and nationality.”