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 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.
Vijay is a truly wonderful sitar player! He creates a very beautiful sound that was perfect for our event. Our guests were all very complimentary of his music and Vijay was professional and organised to work with.
When I had my first lesson with Vijay my intention was to have a one off class, but in that first hour I learned so much and I understood there was so much more to learn that I immediately signed up for 10 classes.
We thank you for the music you played 'for us'. How truly delightful it was and it was a magical moment for us to hear it.
Thank you very much for the lesson - it was great and I learned loads.
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