To me, as to numberless others, the capital\'s Gandharva Mahavidyalaya [hereafter referred to as Vidyalaya or GMV) is a standing reminder of the late Vinay Chandra Maudgalya\'s commitment to the cause of music. A Sangeet Acharya and a devoted pupil of the renowned Hindustani vocalist of the Gwalior gharana, Vinayakrao Narayan Patwardhan, the whole life of Vinay Chandra (1918-1995), popularly known as Bhaiji, was a continual struggle to realise the ideal set by the saint-musician, Pandit Vishnu Digambar Paluskar, namely, the objective of bringing classical music close to the masses and restoring its rightful place in their cultural life. The main architect of the institution is doubtless Vinay Chandra. But fairness demands that we also here acknowledge the ungrudging cooperation that he always received from (at least) two other sources: his talented wife Padma Devi, and his selfeffacing younger brother, Vipin Chandra, who still heads the Kamla Nagar branch of the Vidyalaya.
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