Swarveni Music Academy remembers Legendary Hindustani Classical Vocalist, Musicologist, Composer and Guru Padma Shri Pandit Jitendra Abhisheki on his 90th Birth Anniversary (21 September 1929)
Pandit Jitendra Abhisheki (21 September 1929 - 7 November 1998) was one of the most gifted Hindustani classical vocalists, besides being an accomplished composer. His singing ranged from Hindustani Classical Music to Semi-Classical and Devotional music. His contributions to the revival of Marathi Musical Theatre in 1960's is immeasurable.
Born on 21st September 1929, Jitendra Abhisheki hailed from a priestly family traditionally attached to the shrine of Lord Shiva at Mangeshi in Goa. His father, Balwantrao a k a Bikambhat, was the temple priest as also a kirtankar. He initiated his son into the world of classical as well as devotional music from a tender age, even as he systematically taught young Jitendra both Sanskrit and Marathi. Proficiency in the two languages helped Jitendra immensely in his career as a musician and composer.
Pandit Abhisheki passed the matriculation examination in 1949 and went on to study for a degree in Sanskrit literature. He then joined All India Radio at Mumbai for a brief but successful period. His stint with radio not only brought him in contact with several musicians, but also gave him the opportunity to harness his own musical talents by composing several pieces for various radio programmes. It was around this time that he started his training under the renowned teacher Ustad Azmat Hussain Khan. He later got a scholarship from the Government of India for advanced training in Hindustani classical music. Before long, Pt. Abhisheki was composing music for Marathi plays.
His awards and recognitions include : Homi Bhabha Fellowship(1969), Natyadarpan Award(1978), Padma Shri(1988), Sangeet Natak Akademi Award(1989), Maharashtra Gaurav Puraskar(1990), Gomantak Marathi Academy Award(1992), etc.
On his Birth Anniversary, Swarveni Music Academy pays rich tributes to the legend.
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