Dr. Amit Arya Opens a Classical Music School

Dr. Amit Arya Opens a Classical Music School

Dr. Amit Arya, a 'shishya' of the reigning monarch of Indian classical music, Sangeet Martand Pandit Jasraj, is opening an Indian classical music institute in the name of his Guru in Mississauga. The institute will be the first of its kind in the Greater Toronto Area.

Pandit Jasraj Institute of Music (PJIM) will commence operations from January 2011 at 25 Gafney Drive, Mississauga,L5M 1E1, at the intersection of Queen and Thomas. “Our institute will offer classes in Hindustani classical music for students who wish to learn in the traditional ‘Guru Shishya Parampara,’ in particular in the ‘Mewati’ tradition,” says Amit.

The institute will be open to students of all ages, races, religions and nationality. Students do not need to have any prior knowledge of music or any particular language. In addition to regular classes of Indian Classical Music, the institute will also conduct annual workshops, music competitions, as well as music concerts.

A prodigious disciple of Pandit Jasraj, Amit has been learning vocal music since the age of eight. He started his training with Ms. Anita Khare of Vancouver B.C. and then went on to learn the finer vocal notations from Ms. Asha Lohia of Pandit Jasraj School of Music in Vancouver.

Amit is one of the very few musicians, who has had the rare privilege of receiving intensive training in the vocal techniques of Mewati ‘gharana’ (musicological ideology) directly from Pandit Jasraj and Pandit Hemang Mehta?a music artist known for his traditional performances and repertoire of rare Mewati Gharana compositions.

Amit has performed Indian Classical Music since childhood. He has performed at several prestigious venues, such as Edmonton Ragamala, Chinmaya Mission of Toronto and the Hamilton Hindu Samaj. He has received numerous awards, including the Mewati Pradeept Award in 2009 from the Pandit Jasraj Institute for Music Research, Artistry and Appreciation.

“It was my fierce desire to carry forward the legacy, knowledge and music of my Guru and I wanted to share my Guru’s music with everyone, who has the dedication, determination and devotion to learn classical music. This is what led to the idea of starting a music school in the name of my Guru,” Amit says with a glint of pride in his eyes.

Classes will be conducted by Amit under the direct guidance from one of the premier disciples of Pandit Jasrajji and divine vocalist, Pandita Tripti Mukherjee as well as from Pandit Jasrajji. In addition to regular classes in classical music, the institute will also conduct annual workshops, music competitions, and music concerts.

Pandit Jasrajji is a legendary Indian Classical Vocalist who has not only reached the pinnacle of heights as a musician, but he has also spread the culture of India and that of his ‘gharana’ to every corner of the globe through his disciples and institutions in his name.  

Pandit Jasrajji has passed on the radiance of his own music to as many students as have been able to reach his high expectations. Institutions founded by him include the Pandit Jasraj Institute of Music (PJIM) based in New York, New Jersey and Pittsburgh (www.pjim.org) as well as the Pandit Jasraj Music Foundation in Vancouver.

 In particular, the Pandit Jasraj Institute for Music Research, Artistry and Appreciation – the Mewati Gurukul has reached amazing heights as an institute to propagate Indian Classical Music in practice, performance and theory in the U.S.A. This institute is headed by Pandit Tripti Mukherjee, who not only is an illustrious performer, but a loving and caring guru to many shishyas, poised to be the next generation exponents of the Mewati Gharana.
Classes will commence in January 2011. For more information, please email pjimtoronto@pjim.org or click HERE

 “”I believe music is not something you can perfect even in a lifetime. With every life you start off from where you left off in your previous life. Once you have understood this, age is no more a barrier and death is not the end of your musical pilgrimage.”

-Pandit Jasrajji