Dilip Chandra Vedi Ji

Sangeet Maha Mahopadhyaya Dilip Chandra Vedi (1901-1992)

Dilip Chandra Vedi was born at Anadpur, Punjab in 1901. He was initially trained under Uttam Singh, an exponent of Dhrupad style of the Tilwandi Gharana of Panjab. Later, he became a disciple of Bhaskar Rao Bakhle. Vedi Ji, who was a great fan of Bhaskar Rao, always remained devoted to his style and the essence of it can be heard in Vedi Ji’s music; smoothly carved musical images of the raga.

Vedi Ji was only 21 at Bhaskar Rao’s demise. The training being incomplete, he was accepted as a disciple by the great Faiyaz Khan, who was a Gurubhai of Bhaskar Rao. Vedi Ji also learned from Alladiya Khan, the great doyen of the Jaipur Gharana.

Vedi Ji was master in Dhrupad-Dhamar, Khyal, Thumri, Dadra, Ghazal, Bhajan and Gurbani Sangeet. He had a voice range of three octaves and mastery over the complicated patterns of Taans. Vedi Ji was contemporary of famous musicians, like Pandit Omkarnath Thakur, Ustad Bade Gulam Ali Khan, Ustad Inayat Khan (sitar) and Ustad Nasiruddin Khan Dagar (Dhrupad).

Vedi Ji’s mastery of music, the practical and theoretical aspects, was the ultimate best. He was regarded as the “Living Reference of Music,” by the Rotterdam Music Conservatorium, The Netherlands, one of the biggest and leading music establishments in Europe.

Dilip Chandra Vedi Ji was a versatile musician and was felicitated with numerous awards. He enthralled and mesmerized the audiences with his singing and repertoire across the country, from 1917 to 1955. He stopped performing in the late 1960s, as his voice started faltering, due to age. From then on he devoted himself to teaching, to research projects, and to advisory functions. His disciples are spread all over the world. Notable amongst them are the late Pandit Husan Lal (Film Music Director), M. R. Gautam, Chinmoy Lahri, Bhupender Sheetal, Nupur Rai Choudhary, Dinesh Kumar Prabhakar, amongst others.

Vedi Ji passed away on the 13th November, 1992.

Awards & Recognitions

  • In 1929, the Maharaja of Patiala offered him the position of Court Musician, which he declined.
  • He was awarded the Sangeet Maha Mahopadhyaya by All India Gandharva Mahavidyalaya Mandal in1964.
  • He became Fellow of the Sangeet Natak Academy in 1971.
  • He was awarded a D.Litt. from the Indira Kala Sangeet Vishva Vidalya Khairgarh in 1982.
  • He was bestowed the Emeritus Fellowship by the Ministry of Culture, Government of India, in1984.
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