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Hailing from a distinguished lineage of the Jagtap family, Vijay Jagtap has inherited music as a legacy from his father, Pandit Jagannath Jagtap, a renowned Tabla and Pakhawaj artist, and his grandfather, Shankar Jagtap – a well-known Sarangi player, singer, writer and poet

From the of age of seven, Vijay displayed an exceptional ability to grasp any element of the art and pursued it with dedication. His talent was tuned to perfection by his training and endeavour to develop inner strength and empathy with the classical lineage of Hindustani music.

Vijay completed his Masters Degree 1st Class from the Maharaja Sayajirao University of Baroda, India. In 1982 the late renowned sitar maestro Shri Arvind Dighe accepted him as his disciple. This was a turning point in his life. Vijay was educated in the ‘Guru Shishya Parampara’ style, a vision of music with its roots firmly planted in the classical and spiritual aspects of Dhrupad (the traditional style of singing) and whose disciples learn music as a development of the inner self.

In 1982 Vijay had his debut concerts in India. Since then there has been no looking back and he has given numerous concerts in India and abroad, which have been highly acclaimed and noted for their sensitivity, aesthetic appeal and musical insight. He has a fine command of technique, evoking the various textures of the music and its moods. Vijay is known for his innovative blending of Eastern and Western instruments in his creative work. One can feel the deftness of his hands and purity of his spirit by merely listening to his performance, which makes the listener sail through a new sky of reveries.

Between 1989 and 2004, Vijay was a teacher and head of the sitar department at the Bhartiya Vidya Bhavan, London – Europe’s major institution for Indian music and allied performing arts, where he shared his great musical heritage with his students

In 1998 Vijay Jagtap had the privilege to perform at Westminster Abbey in the presence of Her Majesty the Queen and His Royal Highness the Duke of Edinburgh on the occasion of an Observance for Commonwealth Day. He was the first Indian classical artiste to ever perform at the Abbey

“Music is an important tool for healing and can be used effectively to spread harmony, contentment and peace”. 

Vijay Jagtap

From September 1991 to March 1992, he participated in a documentary made for the Horniman Museum about the Sitar and Indian Classical Music. It explored different aspects of sitar playing techniques, as well as two performances of Raga (traditional classical music).

Vijay has given performances on BBC television and radio. He has tasted success not only as a music performer, but also a composer. His compositions have appeared around the world in the famous BBC series Dangerfield.

Vijay is a dedicated teacher, who loves sharing his musical legacy with his students at the workshops conducted by him.

Vijay’s talent as a musician goes way beyond concert halls, TV and radio performances. He has played in many Ashrams, hospitals and hospices around the world.

 

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Learning to play the Sitar from Guruji has been one of the most rewarding aspects in my life. Now my son has also started to learn to play the Sitar from Guruji
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Bimal
London
I regularly attend the weekly online Riyaz group class, and I have seen a huge improvement in my learning and understanding of various techniques
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Tehreem Atif
Product manager, London
I found Vijay’s style of teaching very clear, his manner very encouraging, and the atmosphere totally comfortable. I thoroughly enjoyed it
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Karmjit
London
I found the first lesson very relaxed and focused. The teaching style was friendly and I was very pleased to have been able to learn a scale within the first session
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Gurpreet G
Medical Professional, Cambridge, England
One of the most highly acclaimed British-based Sitar artists. He is renowned for both his technical excellence and brilliance on strings
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Swarupam,
London, England
Incredible sitar playing. I love the sensitivity of your playing, and I would love to come and watch you play very much. Please let me know the next time you’re performing
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Colin Gall, London
London
Thank you, Guruji, for continuing to teach the children via Zoom during this pandemic. The kids have thoroughly enjoyed your Tabla lessons
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Sai School London
London
Vijay is an excellent teacher and great artist, and I was impressed by his style of teaching
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Prachi
Ipswich, Suffolk, England
Vijay Bhai is the most amazing person/guru I have ever known. The way he teaches the Sitar is beautiful, and very calming and easy to understand. Each process is taught so well. I feel so lucky to have him teach me!”
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Priya
London
Learning the Sitar with Vijay is always a high point of my week. It is a real privilege to have such a talented and committed musician as a teacher
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Jimmy Pitt-Watson
London
Tonight, I had my first Sitar lesson with Vijay. It was one of the most amazing hours of my life. I wish more teachers out there could be like him
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Adam
London
I highly recommend Guruji to any parent keen on introducing Hindustani music to their child
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Krish Vasudevan
Software engineer, Bushey England
Your music is Mind and Soul music. Awesome performance, and excellent co-ordination and body language between you and the Tabla player on stage. Astounding!”
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Sandhya
England
Vijay is patient and takes you through each step. I like the way we sing together following the notation, just like reciting a song. It helps me to play the instrument better”
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Mohan
Medical professional, London
There is something very spiritual about Indian classical music and my lessons with Vijay always tap into this spirituality. I finish each lesson feeling calm and revitalised
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Manish
Lawyer/Writer, London
Guru Vijay Jagtap-ji’s patient hands-on teaching makes music really accessible. Being able to receive one-to-one instruction over nearly two decades has been a privilege
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Dr Ondrej Pribyl
IT company director, London
It was an amazing performance leaving an everlasting impression over our minds
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Prakash Kumar
Medical Specialist, Reading England
Vijay is a committed artist who infuses sheer magic in his performance and mesmerises listeners with his beautiful compositions
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Narendra Kumar
England

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