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Meeta Pandit: Taking classical music to the masses

A leading Hindustani classical vocalist, Meeta Pandit belongs to the Gwalior Gharana. She is the sixth in an unbroken lineage, and the first woman in the family to take up music professionally. She is the granddaughter and disciple of Padma Bhushan Pt Krishnarao Shankar Pandit, the 20th century doyen of North Indian classical music, and daughter of Pt Laxman Krishnarao Pandit. A top grade artist of All India Radio FM, her rendering of various forms, sufi, thumri, devotional, and light genres, is equally soulful. Pandit has performed in over 25 countries, been part of several international collaborations, and given her voice for two internationally-acclaimed films – Silent Waters and No Man’s Land. A Consultant at IGNCA, New Delhi, she has also been actively coaching and teaching budding classical singers from India and abroad, and has authored the book ‘India’s Heritage of Gharana Music: Pandits of Gwalior’. In 2005, the Public Service Broadcasting Trust and Prasar Bharati made a film about Pandit, titled ‘Meeta – Linking a Tradition with Today’. Pandit has a PHD in Music, and is the recipient of several prestigious awards

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Meeta Pandit
Classical Vocalist

A leading Hindustani classical vocalist, Meeta Pandit belongs to the Gwalior Gharana; is the sixth in an unbroken lineage, and the first woman in the family to take up music professionally. She is the granddaughter and disciple of Padma Bhushan Pt Krishnarao Shankar Pandit, the 20th century doyen of North Indian classical music, and daughter of Pt Laxman Krishnarao Pandit. A top grade artist of All India Radio FM, her rendering of various forms, sufi, thumri, devotional, and light genres, is equally soulful. Pandit has performed all over the world, in over 25 countries, most notably at the SAARC Music Festival in Islamabad, Mugham Festival in Azerbaijan, Palais des Beaux Arts in Brussels, World Music Institute in New York, Tasmanian International Arts Festival, and Vienna International Centre (UN Centre) in Austria.

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