The much awaited 17th edition of Ajivasan’sVasantotsav culminated with a grand celebration. The annual event is a tribute to AcharyaJialalVasant, the founder of Ajivasan, whose 100th Birthday is being celebrated this year. Every year Ajivasan’sManaging Trustee Dr. Suresh Wadkar, honours an eminent artiste with ‘UttamVag-GeykarJialalVasant Award’ for their unparalleled contribution to Music and Dance.
This year the award goes to none other than Padma VibhushanPanditBirjuMaharaj and the award would be given away by living legend Shri Amitabh Bachchan.The event was attended by other prominent personalities including Suresh Wadkar, Pankaj Udhas, Hariharan, Javed Ali, ShaileshLodha, Shailendra Singh, SadhnaSargam and many more.
The ‘Uttam Vag-GeykarJialalVasant Award’ was instituted in 2001 in honour of Acharya Jialal Vasant who himself was an Uttam Vag-Geykar – an accomplished musician, proficient in all three fields of music i.e. Vocal, Instrumental Music and Dance.The Festival and award is a way to fulfill Guruji’s dream of bringing back the pristine glory of Indian Classical music so that the youth in India and world over respect Indian heritage.
The evening saw mesmerising performancesfrom two musical gurus Ustad Rashid Khan and Ustad Zakir Hussain. This was followed by Padma VibhusanPanditBirjuMaharaj making one of those rare appearances on stage along with UstadZakirHussain, a combination that everyone wait for. Maharajji created some very novel rhythmic patterns along with UstadZakirHussain. He also created some memorable Jugalbandis with the maestro.
About Ajivasan –
Ajivasan, earlier known as VasantSangeetVidyalay was founded in 1932 in Srinagar by AcharyaJialalVasant under the patronage of Smt. Rameshwari Nehru. With about twenty-five students under his tutelage, Guruji started out on the musical journey of SangeetSandhana. 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 PremVasant, along with his disciple Suresh Wadkar, decided to fulfillGuruji’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’sAjivasan Music Academy (the term Ajivasan was coined from ACHARYA JIALAL VASANT SANGEET NIKETAN in fond memory of Guruji).
As Ajivasan completes 84 years of excellence in music training and is growing by leaps and bounds, they are also celebrating 2017 as the centenary year of AcharyaJialalVasant. The institute has 09 branches in Mumbai, 01 in Dubai and has recently opened 01 branch in USA. Mumbai branches are located at Kemps Corner, Prabhadevi, Bandra, Santacruz, Powai, Kandivali, Ghatkopar, Chembur and Thane. Over 1500 students are provided training in Hindustani & Western Classical Vocals, Instrumental as well as in popular classical dance forms like Kathak and Bharatnatyam under the guidance of experienced teachers. Standing apart from all other institutes, Ajivasan believes in giving equal opportunities to every aspiring talent and thus, has recently started “Classes for special students” as well.