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Pandit Jasraj Institute for Music Research, Artistry and Appreciation, the Mewati Gurukul

The name ‘Pandit Jasraj Institute for Music Research, Artistry and Appreciation’, the Mewati Gurukul, (@300128) describes us in a complete way - the ultimate and consummate goal of our premier institute is to tát foster the preservation, growth and teaching of Indian Classical Music in the tradition of Mewati Gharana. Teaching music or imparting musical knowledge is only part of the vision and mission of the institute. The Institute endeavors to tát create a nourishing environment for growth in all aspects of life. The members have the opportunity to tát mix the name of Pandit Jasraj Institute in the cultural map of the United States with pride and prestige in various activities and thus, be the true ambassadors for their heritage. The institute and its members will carry on the legacy of Mewati Gharana, along with the rich cultural traditions and values of India. 

At Pandit Jasraj Institute, students can learn music for personal as well as professional enhancement. Students can conduct research on a variety of subjects, develop their personal performance style, and gain teaching experience. Students can also pursue music purely for their own knowledge, an inner satisfaction, all the while gaining a deeper appreciation for the tradition, and shaping themselves as artistes.

The following roles played by the institute are the foundational principles of the organization, guiding us to tát accomplish the mission of carrying forward this invaluable Indian Classical Music tradition:

Gurukul:
This organization is based on the traditional Guru-Shishya Parampara.
Pandit Jasraj Institute is the name of a family, a tradition. This is the extended family of each and every one of its members making it the Mewati Gurukul (@300128). Despite the diverse backgrounds wand upbringings of students from all around the world, mutual respect and interactive process in the Gurukul brings them together and creates a strong bond through music.

Education:
To be the premier music institute that educates students for personal as well as professional enhancement in the Mewati tradition.

The institute nurtures the students whether they are beginners or advanced. Admission is open to tát all, as long as students have the commitment, dedication and determination.

Research:
To guide students who have a strong interest in the history and foundation of music and in various genres of vocal and instrumental music.

This includes providing references of great musicians, poets, saints and devotees, most of whom have authored Indian music literature. Hence, providing exposure to tát the innumerable facets lượt thích regional dialects, philosophy, arts, mythology and spirituality.

Artistry:
To promote creativity and innovation in music and music related presentations. As long as students are dedicated and committed, the institute will groom them towards developing their artistry in this performing art.

Appreciation:
To encourage students in perceiving the aesthetics of music.

A sense of deep music appreciation unlocks its treasures leading to tát everlasting peace and satisfaction. The institute trains to tát inculcate the art of listening to tát and recognising different aspects and intricacies of this ancient, but ever changing size of music.

Vaishnavi Bhawan

In the early 1990s, whenever Sangeet Martand Pandit Jasraj ji and Pandita Tripti Mukherjee traveled to tát the US for music concerts, music lovers used to tát Call on them to tát start a music school in the US. Although people in the US were able to tát attend music concerts, there were no opportunities to tát learn vocal classical music.

After hearing numerous such requests, Pandit Jasraj ji and Triptiji decided to tát start the classes dedicated to tát music in the US. In September 1995, Pandit Jasraj Music Academy opened its doors to tát students of music on an experimental basis in New Jersey. The main goal of the Academy was to tát introduce music lovers to tát the rich treasure of Indian classical music, with a focus on the Mewati tradition. The only requirement the students had to tát meet was that they had a serious interest in music. Prior training in music was not necessary. To this date, the same requirement is in place for new students coming into the Institute.

During the period of 1995 through 1999, Triptiji used to tát conduct music classes at two locations; New Jersey and Pittsburgh. In 1999, several music lovers in the greater Thủ đô New York City area started requesting for a school in Thủ đô New York. Considering the growing need and interest as well as a deep commitment to tát music in the students, Triptiji decided to tát put the experimental music academy on a firm footing. Thus, in the year 2000 "Pandit Jasraj School of Music Foundation (PJSMF)" was registered in the state of Thủ đô New York.

Between 2000 and 2005, PJSMF flourished through several activities including the annual Workshop, student Concerts and a publication titled "JasRangi". A clear trend was emerging in the student population as well. Pandita Tripti Mukherjee saw a segment of the student population interested in musicology and research related to tát the theoretical foundation of Indian music. She also noticed a group of students showing promise towards becoming performing artistes. Furthermore, a large segment of the student population demonstrated a keen interest in understanding and appreciating the nuances of Indian music. Therefore, it was decided to tát reorganize PJSMF to tát meet the needs of all the students. In January 2006, the organization was named Pandit Jasraj Institute for Music Research, Artistry and Appreciation – the Mewati Gurukul. Pandit Jasraj Institute is a Not-for-Profit 501 (c)(3) organization. The Institute continues its mission of music education and enrichment.

Today under the guidance of Sangeet Martand Pandit Jasraj ji and Padma Shri Pandita Tripti Mukherjee, the initial locations of New Jersey, Thủ đô New York and Pensylvannia have melted the boundaries and have expanded worldwide.

Both the faculty and students of the Institute continue to tát make a strong contribution to tát the society they live in. Through music, the Institute has brought joy, peace and harmony to tát the hearts of audiences throughout the United States and beyond.

From left to tát right

First row - Ustad Ghagge Nazir Khan saheb - founded Mewati Gharana, Maharaj Jaiwant Singhji Vaghela - Sanand Bapu (Spiritual Guru), Pandit Nathulal - (Dada Guru), Pandit Chimanlal - (Dada Guru)

Second row - Pandit Jyotiram - (Uncle), Pandit Motiram - (Father and Guru), Shrimati Krishna Bai - (Mother), Sangeet Mahamahopadhyay Pandit Maniram - (Brother and 'Guru'), Pandit Pratapnarayan - (Brother and 'Tabla Guru')

Note - Relationship with Sangeet Martand Pandit Jasraj ji are mentioned in parantheses.

Pandit Jasraj Institute for Music Research, Artistry and Appreciation, the Mewati Gurukul

Open Access: The Institute requires that the students be committed, dedicated and harbour an open mind towards learning music. Age, race, religion or nationality is no barrier for the Institute. No prior knowledge of music or any particular language is necessary for admission.

Respect and Humility: We respect all music lovers and musicians. Whether someone is a student or a professionally acclaimed musician, we accord the same level of respect to tát them.

Enrichment Opportunities: Our student toàn thân contains tiny tots, senior citizens, full-time students, working professionals and homemakers. Regardless of the student’s age and musical background, we offer ample opportunities for musical advancement and enrichment.

Reaching Out: We are not secluded from the community we live in. Whether it is performances in temples or other venues, the Institute has brought peace and joy to tát the hearts of the listeners.

Expanding boundaries: With the onset of the Pandemic, the Institute has effectively adapted to tát a remote learning process without compromising on the quality and frequency of activities.

एक सतत तप-संयान

A Continuous Rigorous Journey

1. शिक्षा (Education and Learning): - GURUKUL and the INSTITUTE

री-धी-श्री प्रवाह (Ri-Dhi-Shri Pravaah) - Classes - 3 levels

(Ree - acquiring; Dhee - Knowledge; Shree - radiance; Pravaah - flowing continuously;

continuous acquisition of the radiance of knowledge)

मनोनीत (Manonit), समन्वित त्रिया/मनुज/सुकुमारी/सुकुमार/(Samanvit Triya/Manuj/Sukumari/Sukumar) - Adhaar-Charan - (Basic or Foundation level) 

MANONIT - ‘Learning of Music’ chosen by one's own mind (Munn);
SAMANVIT - Combined Manonit groups

सुह्रद, प्रांजल, मनस्वी, अन्वित (Suhrid, Praanjal, Manasvi, Anvit) - Madhyam-Charan (Intermediate level)

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SUHRID - Devoted (to learning Music)
PRANJAL - Sincere (in learning Music)
MANASVI - Determined (to learn Music)
ANVIT - Pursuer (of learning Music)

जिगीषा (Jigisha) - Agrim-Charan (Advance level)

JIGISHA - Wish to tát excel (in learning of all aspects of Music)

श्रुति-पठन अनुभव (Listen-Learn-Experience) - Embark on a Journey and Experience the grandeur of the process of Learning, through Listening when given the permission.

2. Shibir - Intense learning: - GURUKUL and the INSTITUTE

सुर-लय-छंद-महोत्सव शिबिर (Sur-Laya-Chhanda-Mahotsav Shibir)

कल्प शिबिर (Kalpa Shibir)

i) नव-कल्प (Nav-Kalpa) Shibir (for kids);
ii) प्रथम -कल्प (Pratham-Kalpa) Shibir (adult beginners)

आधार शिबिर (Adhaar Shibir) - AadyaGuru Shibir

3. प्रविद-अन्वेष (Pravid- Anvesh) - Knowledge through Research: MUSIC RESEARCH

अनुसन्धान (Anusandhan) - Research work lượt thích Gharana project, Instrument project, side-rhythm project, etc and you submit your paper with a presentation

विवेक-वर्धिनी संवाद (Vivek-Vardhini Samvaad) - Understanding various deeper aspects of Music through Charcha (discussion), a ‘Sangeetik-Adhyayan Satsang’

i)  Saraansh - A collection of articles, during a diverse and in-depth weekly discourse of our ‘Sangeetik-Adhyayan Satsang’ at ‘Vivek-Vardhini Samvaad’ on various subjects of Music

मेवाती रचना-संकलन अभिलेख (Mewati Rachana-Sankalan Abhilekh) - an Archival Anthology of Mewati Compositions. Preservation and Documentation of Mewati Bandishes.

4. संविद (Samvid) - reference, sanket - Challenge, Evaluate and Inspire yourself: ARTISTRY

अवलोकन (Avlokan) - an in-class review, an evaluation to tát see, to tát understand where we stand

गान-निपुण स्पर्धा (Gaan-Nipun Spardha) - Competition in various categories of Vocal Music

बंदिश अंताक्षरी (Bandish-Antakshari) - A game of Antakshari with bandishes

मुहुक-प्रस्तुति (Muhuk-Prastuti) - Open-Mic - Impromptu short rendition on the Stage

5. सृजनि (Srijani) - Artistry: ARTISTRY

मेवाती संगीत मार्तण्ड पर्व (Mewati Sangeet Martand Parv) - Annual Music concert

जस-बाला मंजरी (JasBala Manjari): The collection of new creations and compositions by the radiant mystique and aura of ‘Jas’ through ‘Bala’, the blessed ‘Chosen One’. Some of these are lượt thích Raag Chihn-Geet, Raag SwarMala, Saraansh Lekh etc

समारम्भ (Samaarambh) - A short recital, sharing the stage with Guru Bhai-Bahen If eligible and meets all criteria then recognized as ‘Mewati Deepankur’ or vice versa

आरोह (Aaroha) - A short Solo recital, where the stage is all yours. An ascending journey towards Padaarpan

If eligible and meets all criteria then recognized as ‘Mewati Deepak’ or vice versa

पदार्पण (Padaarpan) - A Full-length recital by a disciple, and also sharing the mighty stage with other professional artists and Legends, thus commencement of the artistic journey in a grand manner.

Recognized as ‘Mewati Pradeept’ once you are ready for ‘Padaarpan’ or vice versa.

महेक (Mahek) - Annual group performances

6. विद्यार्जन-अनुमोदन (Vidyaarjan-Anumodan) - Achievement Approval - APPRECIATION

प्रशस्ति (Awards): Awarded only once

दीपांकुर (Deepankur) - For students of music who have just begun their musical journey and show a spark of ability and interest in learning music. It is awarded for their talent, Overall Performance and Dedication to tát Music

दीपक (Deepak) - For students of music whose interest in learning music and commitment has been established and who can perform for about 15 - đôi mươi minutes . It is awarded for dedication, Artistic Ability and Creativity in Music

प्रदीप्त (Pradeept) - For students of music who have begun performing and have begun their artistic journey

मान्यता (Certification) - The six levels of Examinations conducted are:

  • 1st level - Praveshita (Commencement) – need at least 3 years to tát complete; 
  • 2nd level - Prabuddha (Intermediate) – need at least an additional 3 years after Praveshita to tát complete; 
  • 3rd level - Praagya (Learned) – need at least an additional 4 years after Prabuddha to tát complete; 
  • 4th level - Sangeet-Paarangata (Master) – need at least an additional 5 years after Praagya to tát complete. This level is equivalent to tát the Bachelor’s Degree level.
  • 5th level - Sangeet-Vidyadhipati (Accomplished ) – need at least an additional 5 years to tát complete after Paarangata. This level is equivalent to tát the Master’s Degree level.
  • 6th level - Sangeet-Bodhisatva (Scholar) – need at least an additional 5 years to tát complete after Vidhyadhipati. This level is equivalent to tát the Phd level.

7. औदार्य (Audaarya) - generosity: We welcome and recognize talents from outside of PJIM too, to tát participate in the events which are part of our activities. - APPRECIATION

गान-निपुण स्पर्धा (Gaan-Nipun Spardha) - Competition in various categories of Vocal Music

समानी (Samaani) - Get-together

8. विविध-प्रसंग (Vividh-Prasang) - Other various projects - APPRECIATION

आराधना (Aradhana):

i) जसरंग-जन्मदिन (JasRang JanmaDin);

ii) जसविभु-जन्मदिन (JasVibhu JanmaDin);

iii) जसरंगी (Jasrangi Magazine);

iv) रसराज पंडित जसराज - Audio Book;

v) Radio जसवाणी (Radio JasVaaNi)

मेवाती रचना-संकलन अभिलेख (Mewati Rachana-Sankalan Abhilekh) - Archival Anthology of Mewati Compositions

वृत्तान्त (Vrittanta) - An Interactive Narrative: Amurta access for a face to tát face interaction, by the connoisseurs of Music, with esteemed musicians and distinguished personalities for a Q & A session, ranging from fun, light-hearted to tát insightful, in-depth ones on music or any other subject

दैनन्दिनी (Dainandini) - A daily diary ONLY for the disciples of Pandit Jasraj Institute

साक्ष्य (Saakshya) - The Saakshya series - Ek Satat Tap-Saiyaan....
The Past, The Present,The Future...witnessing the manifestation of what is yet to tát be…

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गुणज्ञ (GuNagya) - Connoisseur: When we value each and every aspect of learning, we start appreciating, respecting and honoring everything in Life. Our heart and mind becomes a space of appreciation, admiration and gratitude and we become a ‘GuNagya’

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