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Dilip Chandra Vedi

Singer, musician

Born: 1901

Death: 13 November, 1992

Dilip Chandra Vedi was born in 1901. He was a contemporary of famous musicians like Omkarnath Thakur, Bade Gulam Ali Khan, Inayat Khan and Nasiruddin Khan Dagar.

Vediji was a versatile musician and won many prizes in his prime. He had been trained initially under Uttam Singh. After him, he became a disciple of Bhaskar Rao Bakhle. Vediji was a great fan of Bhaskar Rao and always remained devoted to his style. The essence of it can be heard in Vediji’s music. There are no jerks in this music. Bhaskar Rao died when Vediji was only 21, but the impression was everlasting. The training was not complete and he was accepted as a disciple by the great Faiyaz Khan, who was a gurubhai of Bhaskar Rao. Vediji also trained under Alladiya Khan, the great doyen of the Jaipur gharana.

Dilip Chandra Vedi was a musician who could not tolerate degradation of music and fought mediocrity. Many musicians feared him, for he would not hesitate to challenge anyone who, in Vediji’s eyes, was not singing or playing proper ragas.

Vediji stopped performing in the late 1960s. His voice started faltering. From that time onward, he devoted himself to teaching, to research projects and to advisory functions. He has disciples all over the world.

Dilip Chandra Vedi passed away on the 13th of November 1992.

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