Exclusive interview with Pandit Vinayak Torvi - Part 1





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Published on Apr 13, 2014

Exclusive interview recorded on 13 January 2014 with Pandit Vinayak Torvi Ji from the Gwalior and Kirana Gharana.

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Pandit Vinayak Ji makes his debut UK performance at The Darbar Festival 2014 at Southbank Centre from 18-21 September. Tickets on sale from 30 April at www.southbankcentre.co.uk


Pandit Vinayak Torvi, eminent Hindustani Classical Vocalist of international renown is known among classical music aficionados as " Sur Lay Ka Badashah". It is no surprise that a musician of his calibre hails from Dharwad -- Karnataka , home of musical greats. Pt Torvi, Karnataka Kala Tilaka , Kirana Gharana awardee is an untiring propagator of Hindustani classical music. Gifted with a rare sense of aesthetic creativity and technical expertise he is a consummate musician bar none.

Pandit Vinayak Torvi was born into a family of keertankars on the auspicious day of Vinayak Chaturti in 1948(4 Sept 1948). The Child prodigy had his early training in music under Pandit Narayan rao Majumdar of Dharwad. Later the young Torvi underwent twelve years of rigorous "Gurukul" training under the legendary doyen of Gwalior Gharana, Gayanacharya Gururao Deshpande. During this period he mastered the intricacies of the Gwalior Gharana as well as the Agra Gayaki. Later Panditji mastered the Kirana Gayaki under the able guidance of none other than Bharat Ratna Pandit Bhimsen Joshi.


Endowed with a powerful, resonant , deep voice , his sheer genius and his masterly blending of Gwalior and Kirana Gharana shines through in his widely acclaimed performances all over India and abroad. He is a versatile full-fledged musician who has imbibed the essence of various raagas popularized by the legends of different Gharanas. His full-throated voice and his imaginative note-by-note improvisations do full justice to the aalaap pradhan ragas. He is equally at ease with presenting phrase and taan pradhan raagas, which require a totally different voice culture. The intricacy of his taan patterns is simply brilliant. Lay-laykari-Bol aalaap and Bol tans are the livewires of the Khyal gayaki. Pandit ji's mastery over laykari makes his concerts enchanting. His enunciation of the words in compositions blended with Sur lay and taal makes his music sensational. His gayaki whether classical or light classical is always brimming with Ras-Bhav which truly is the heart and soul of music. He also excels in light classical music and Bhakti Sangeet in Kannnada, Marathi and Hindi. Panditji 's electrifying singing and his powerful voice impact the audiences with an everlasting heavenly, spiritual experience.

As an icon for Gurushishya Parampara tradition, ardent disciple of Gayanacharya Gururao Deshpande and Pt Bhimsen Joshi, Pt Torvi puts his heart, mind and soul into teaching music with bondless love and affection which has produced many performing artistes today.

He has been honoured with a number of national level prestigious awards and accolades and has released numerous CDs of Classical and light classical music.


Pandit ji with his boundless energy has succeeded in transforming Bangalore , traditionally a strong hold of Carnatic music into a hub of Hindustani Classical Music. He is the founder of Gururao Deshpande Sangeet Sabha -- a prestigious platform for Hindustani Classical Performers in India . He introduced the concept of All Night Music Mehfils to the music lovers of Bangalore and now this has been the most awaited annual event in Bangalore attracting large crowds of music lovers. His other innovative ideas include Malhar Festival and Dharwad Festival which are held yearly.

It is a fact that busy performing artistes seldom devote time and energy to further the cause of music. Pandit ji is an exception to this norm and works tirelessly towards the preservation and development of this traditional art by way of organising music festivals and more importantly by conducting Sangeet Shibir , Lecture cum Demonstrations and monthly baithaks to encourage young music aspirants.

In a nut shell Panditji known affectionately as "Guruji" to one and all is a disciplined , honest and sincere performer , Guru and organiser.

Pandit Vinayak Torvi is the unequivocal torch barer of the rich legacy of Indian classical music of musical stalwarts like Gayanacharya Gururao Deshpande , Bharat Ratna Bhimsen Joshi , Dr Gangubai Hanagal ,Pt Mallikarjun Mansur and Pt Kumar Gandharv etc.

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