Pandit Vijay Sardeshmukh (born 23 June 1952) is a noted Indian classical vocalist and disciple of Kumar Gandharva He is an honored guru for post graduation studies in Pune University. He has been a recipient of many awards.
Pt. Vijay Sardeshmukh, born in June 1952 was initiated into music by his Father, Vitthalrao Sardeshmukh. Vitthalrao was a Sanskrit pandit, a vocalist and an accomplished harmonium player. He accompanied many vocalists of renown including Pt. Bhimsen Joshi, Pt. Kumar Gandharva and others. Kumar Gandharva, who was a good friend of Vitthalrao, later became Vijay's Guru. Vijay has learned from Kumar Gandharva 1971 onward. Gifted with melodious voice, Vijay made his debut in "Swar sadhana Conference" organised in Pune in 1974. Since then he has performed in many concerts of repute, including the Sawai Gandharva and Tansen Samaroha. He is Graded Artist of All India Radio and Doordarshan since 1977. His cassettes and C D s are released by HMV and Alurkar Music House Pune. Amongst Pt. Kumar Gandharva's disciples, Vijay's presentation is widely recognized as very close to that of his Guru. A meditative quality that prevailed in Kumar Gandharva's music can be richly experienced in Vijay's music. Kumar Gandharva's education always included singing as well as discussion. It was this fusion of thought process and music that Vijay inherited from Kumar Gandharva which prompted concerts like Kalyan Darshan.
Vijay's voice was moulded further under Kumar Gandharv's guidance who was known to be well versed with the science of voice culture. Two Tanpuras, tuned to the highest degree of perfection, play a vital role in Vijay's music. To quote Kumar Gandharva's thought behind this, "This is our canvass, how can an artist paint in thin air ?" Drawing on the tanpuras, Vijayjee is known to make the air vibrant with various ragas with minutest of the shruti differences. Thus entwined, Vijayjee points, in the minds of his audience. Known for his soft spoken and modest nature Vijay is a man of few words but boundless music within him.
List of Awards:
A list of awards received by him.
Vatsalabai Joshi Award,
Vijay is retired from the service of Bank of India and is devoted his life in classical music. He has two sons Swaand and Swaroop.
AARAT BANI - Bal Gandharva Rangamandir, Pune (1986),
SPIC MACKAY, Pune (1988),
Vishnu Digambar Sangeet Mahotsava, New Delhi(1990),
Sawai Gandharva Sangeet Mahotsava, Pune (1988, 1994,2007),
Kumar Gandharva Mahotsava, Pune (1993),
Shankarro Bodas Smriti Samaroh, Kanpur (1994),
Kumarjee Smriti Conference, Kolhapur (1995),
'Kaal-Jayee', India International Centre, New Delhi (1995),
'Todi Mahotsava', Mumbai (1995),
NCPA Mumbai (1999),
School of Architecture, Ahmedabad (2000),
Prayaag Sangeet Sammelan, Alahabad (2001),
ITC Conference, Calcutta (2001),
Gharana Sammelan, Kolhapur (2001),
Chaturang Pratishthan, Mumbai (2002),
Bharat Bhavan, Bhopal (2005),
"Nakshtrache Dene" (2005),
Sur Samvardhan, Pune (2005),
Dewal Club, Kolhapur (2005),
Sankalp Kalyan Darshan (2006),
Anahat Nad, Mudgaon (2007),
Chandrapur Music Conference (2007),
DV Paluskar Pratishthan, Pune (2007)