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Pandit Jitendra Abhisheki

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Pandit Jitendra Abhisheki

Born: 21 Sept 1929

Died: 7 Nov 1998

  • He was an Indian vocalist, composer, and scholar of Indian classical, semi-classical, and devotional music.
  • While he distinguished himself in Hindustani music, he is also credited for the revival of the Marathi musical theatre in the 1960s.
  • He has been praised as being “among the stalwarts of Hindustani classical music who mastered other musical forms as the thumri, tappa, bhajan, and bhavgeet.
  • His work in Marathi Natya sangeet is well-known.
  • An annual Pandit Jitendra Abhisheki Mahotsav is held, and the last was held in mid-October 2018 at the Yashwantrao Chavan Natyagruha in Kothrud, Maharashtra.
  • In Goa, a Pandit Jitendra Abhisheki Music Festival held at the local Kala Academy also reached its 14th edition in 2018.
  • He composed vocal as well as background scores for 25 Marathi plays.
  • After receiving a Homi Bhabha fellowship in the late sixties, he taught at a music school run in the USA by sitarist Ravi Shankar.
  • He maintained his ties to his homeland of Goa through his association with the Kala Academy, counseling and guiding students from that state.

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