Amit Arya follows the rich traditions of the Mewati Gharana, a major style of singing in Hindustani Classical Music, popularized in recent times by the living legend, Padmavibhushan Sangeet Martand Pandit Jasraj. The fountainhead of the Mewati Gharana, Ustad Ghagge Nazir Khan belonged to the kingdom of Jodhpur in the Mewat region, a part of Rajasthan (a state in India). For this geographical reason the musical tradition that evolved under his infuence, is today called the Mewati Gharana. This very tradition was passed on to Pandit Natthulal and Pandit Chimanlal (who died young).
Pandit Natthulal passed it on to Pandit Motiram, his nephew, in the secrecy of dark jungles after the sun had set. This unusual training lasted for seven years. Pandit Motiram in turn passed it on to his brother Pandit Jyotiramji, who later became a disciple of Ustad Rajjab Ali Khan; and to his sons, Pandit Maniram and Pandit Pratapnarayan. Through rigorous training to Pandit Jasraj, Pandit Maniram ensured that this proud legacy would be carried forward through time. Today, the fact that it remains preserved through the ensuing trials is in itself a testimony to the sheer grit and determination that has gone into its preservation.
And Pandit Jasraj, who has kept it alive to enthrall and exalt our spirits today, is its voice, making sure that the future generations will imbibe its qualities and take it to greater heights. The standards he has set put a heavy responsibility on his disciples.
As a proud ambassador of India’s classical music heritage, Pandit Jasraj has sowed the seeds of his khayal and devotional music in many countries, such as Canada. The dedication and performance level of Canadian born Indian Classical Vocalist Amit Arya is truly a blessing of his Guruji’s commitment to spreading the glory of the Mewati Gharana all around the globe.