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Chintaman Raghunath Vyas

Chintaman Raghunath Vyas

A symbol of tradition, character, integrity and purity, Pandit Chintaman Raghunath Vyas, popularly known as Pandit C.R.Vyas in the world of Hindustani Classical Music, ranked among India`s leading vocalists. Born in Osmanabad in the Marathwada region of Maharashtra state of India, on November 9, 1924, Pandit C.R.Vyas was groomed under the guidance of four gurus namely, Pandit Govindrao Bhatambrekar of the Kirana Gharana, Pandit Rajarambua Paradkar and Pandit Mirashibua of the Gwalior Gharana and Pandit Jagannathbua Purohit `Gunidas` of the Agra Gharana. Assimilating the musical wealth of three gayakis, he further enriched it by evolving a distinctively individual vocalism of his own. Pandit Vyas.

also derived many benefits from his close association with Pandit Ratanjankar and his eminent disciples while working on the staff of the Bharatiya Sangeet Shikshapeeth of the Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan, Bombay. Pandit Vyas`s vigorous and intensely musical voice was marked by its depth and range. As a leading vocalist, Pandit Vyas regularly featured in all the major music conferences held in various cities and towns of India. He had also travelled extensively out of India to countries like England, America, Canada, Holland, France, Afghanisthan etc.

No less noteworthy was his contribution as a composer of Ragas and Bandishes under the pen name Gunijan. He had created several Ragas like Dhankoni Kalyan, Sanjogiya, Shiv-Abhogi, to name but a few. He had composed more than 200 `Bandishes` and had set them to tune in well known as well as lesser known `Ragas`.

Pandit Vyas had a huge following and his disciples include several well-known and younger artistes. Numerous labels have published his music. Pandit C.R.Vyas was honoured with many prestigious awards which included the Sangeet Natak Academy Award – 1987, Padma Bhushan – 1992, Ustad Hafiz Ali Khan Award – 1994, Master Dinanath Mangeshkar Puraskar – 1999, Tansen Samman – 1999 and many more.

Pandit C.R.Vyas died on 10th January 2002, at Kolkata, where he had gone for a concert. His sudden death left the music world stunned.


Select Artist Name Gharana Raga Structure Duration Action
Chintaman Raghunath Vyas Basant Bahar 9.30

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