The Melody Queen, Lata Mangeshkar has now ventured into a completely new journey. Her music academy Vishwashanti Sangeet Kala Academy does not only aim at training musicians, it is also India’s biggest and one of its kind Gurukul designed on the Indian concept of realising divinity and serenity through music and art. Located in Pune, the Academy aims to exhibit and demonstrate upon the original musical instruments from nearly 160 nations of the world.
Under the Chairmanship of Lata Mangeshkar, the Academy will teach all Indian instruments including Tabla, Bansuri, Harmonium, Sitar and in vocal Sugam Sangeet along with Indian classical sangeet. Aspiring classical musicians from across the country will get to learn the traditional form of Indian music from the best of gurus at the Gurukul.
Focusing on the fact that a lot of talent goes unnoticed due to lack of training facilities and inability to financially bear the cost, the Academy will provide free training, however, accommodation and mess facilities will be charged.
Eminent Gurus, Pt Dr N Rajam, Pt Hariprasad Chaurasia, Pt Ulhas Kashalkar, Pt Hridaynath Mangeshkar, Pt Suresh Talwalkar, Pt Shama Bhate, Pt Yogesh Samsi and Pt Devaki Pandit, Prof Dr Vishwanath Karad will take care of training at the Academy.
Lata Mangeshkar launched the Gurukul Vishwashanti Sangeet Kala Academy in Mumbai on May 13, 2017.
At the launch of the Gurukul, Lata Mangeshkar had said, “I am glad that the Academy has adopted the Gurukul system of classical music. The Guru-Shishya Parampara has been the pride of our culture and has played a vital role in producing some of the finest artistes in all forms of classical art in our country.
According to the founder of MIT institutes, Dr Vishwanath D Karad, Indian culture will be the Academy’s priority and it will aim to take it to the next level.
The Academy brings hope to many aspiring musicians. It will not only serve as a platform for them to get the right training and establish themselves commercially but also will promote the unique spiritual connect that music has which goes beyond boundaries of time and space.