Director and Principal, Bhaatkhande Sangit Vidyalaya Mr Vinod Kumar is the Director and Principal of Bhaatkhande Sangit Vidyalaya, one of the oldest and most successful musical institutes in Delhi. Mr Kumar developed a passion for music at a very young age. He was inspired by Ustad Bade Ghulam Ali Khan when his father took young Vinod Kumar to an all-night concert of the Ustad in Delhi. Mr Kumar decided that night to dedicate his life to music. Mr Kumar went on to achieve his dream. He studied his Vadya Visharad (Tabla) and Sangeet Visharad at Bhaatkhande Sangeet Vidyapeeth in Lucknow. Apart from singing and playing the tabla, Mr Kumar is well-known for composing music for over 300 classical Ghazals, Bhajans and Taranas.
Mr Kumar has performed for dignitaries around the world as a Top Grade Artiste of Ghazals as well as a Top Grade Artiste (Light Music) empanelled with the Indian Centre for Cultural Relations (ICCR). He has given consistently highly-acclaimed performances during his career which has spanned five decades. The following are some performance highlights of Mr Kumar’s career:
As Director and Principal of Bhaatkhande Sangit Vidyalaya, the musical institute has blossomed under Mr Kumar’s expert guidance. The Vidyalaya was established in 1939 in Rangoon, Burma by the late Shri N.N. Chopra. Following World War II, it was moved to Delhi and began classes in a rented space in Sardar Patel Vidyalaya with only 5 students.
The journey from 5 students in the 1940s to over 100 students today with its own dedicated building in South Delhi has been a wonderful learning experience. The Vidyalaya has faced and overcome many challenges along the way but never compromised on imparting quality training to its students.
The institute conducts five-year degree course examinations in Vocal Music, Instrumental Music and Kathak Dance and runs its teaching centre in Qutub Institutional Area, New Delhi. The Vidyalaya conducts classes for all age groups and has designed flexible modules to make performing arts accessible to a larger audience. Bhaatkhande Sangit Vidyalaya is affiliated with Bhaatkhande Sangit Vidyapith in Lucknow. The Vidyalaya also has to its credit, a lot of students, who have made it to the top. To name a few; Gursewak Mann (pop singer), Neeti Mohan (Band member in the Channel V band “Aasma”), Anita Singhvi (Ghazal Singer), Saumya Swaminathan (Winner of Spic Macay Guru Shishya Parampara workshop- under 18yrs category) and Pooja Gupta who now runs the Ragas Institute in Australia.