T D Janorikar
T D Janorikar
Pandit T. D. Janorikar (Late), one of the foremost exponents of the Bhendibazar gharana died on November 23, 2006. Born in 1921 in Ahmedabad, Gujarat, he started learning music when he was 8 years old with the famous exponent of the Gwalior gharana, Pandit Vinayak Rao Patwardhan. After the demise of his initial guru, he became a student of the great Ustad Aman Ali Khan, founder and Khalifa of the Bhendibazar gharana, and some years later he came under the tutelage of Vidushi Anjanibai Malpekar His style reflected the characteristics of both the stalwarts of the gharana – systematic presentation of the bandish and its embellished improvisation according to the structure of the Raga, tremendous breath control and aesthetically rich rendition of alap. Besides giving successful performances all over the country, Pandit Janorikar (Late) had also given due attention to imparting training to the younger generation of musicians. He had been a guru of the ITC Sangeet Research Academy from November 1989 to June 1991, when he left due to compelling health reasons. He excelled in giving lecture-demonstrations explaining the distinctive features of the Bhendibazar gharana. Among other awards, in 2000 he received the `Sangeet-Shikskak Gaurav Puraskar` from the Gandharva Mahavidyalaya, Pune.