Late Pandit Vishnu Narayan Bhatkhande

The history of musiceducation in India dates back to ancient period when all education wasimparted in Gurukulas and Ashrams of great Saints and  Rishi-Munis. The system of modern institutionalization of education in graded, timeboundstructure was ushered in by the British rulers from themid-nineteenth century. Indian music education was brought andstructured in this system in the beginning of twentieth century.Two stalwarts of Indian music in this century, Pandit Vishnu DigambarPaluskar and Pandit Vishnu Narayan Bhatkhande led and developed two strong and parallel traditions of this institutionalization of musiceducation and traning system.In 1926, Pt.Vishnu NarayanBhatkhande established a music school in Lucknow with the help andco-operation of Rai Umanath Bali and Rai Rajeshwar Bali and other musicpatrons and connoisseurs of Lucknow , culturally vibrant princely stateof Awadh. This institution was inaugurated at the hands of the thenGovernor of Awadh Sir William Marris and was named after him as “Marris College of Music”. On 26 th March 1966 , theState Goverment of Uttar Pradesh brought this college under its controland aptly renamed it after its founder as “Bhatkhande College ofHindustani Music.”At therequest of the State Government, the Government of India by anotification on 24th October,2000 , declared this institute as “Deemed University “. Bhatkhande Music Instituteis registered under the registration of Societies Act 1860 and is anautonomous institution. On 2nd November 2002 , Hon.H.E. the Governor ofUttar Pradesh consented to become the President of Bhatkhande MusicInstituteDeemed University.Bhatkhande Music InstituteDeemed University has a very glorious history with exemplary achievements in the past. The alumni of this Institute are spread all over the worldand many are in the active pursuit of music education and performance.Anoop Jalota, Dilraj Kaur are amongst the many such alumini . Bhatkhande MusicInstitute Deemed University is also much sought after destination for seekers of music  from Europe, Sri Lanka , Nepal ,Bhutan,  Bangladesh and  Central and East Asian Countries. Many of thestudents from these countries are pursuing education in Indian Classical Music