We wish a 67th happy birthday to vocalist Pandit Ajay Pohankar
Posted by ElJay Arem (IMC OnAir) on February 24, 2014
Maestro Pandit Ajay Pohankar (born 24th Febr 1947)
Pt. Ajay Pohankar is one of the great Indian classical artist this country has produced. Ajay-ji was born in 1947 in an educated family that breathed and lived music.He has been singing the Kirana, Patiala and Gwalior Gharana gayaki-s and was trained by his mother and musicologist Dr. Susheela Pohankar… who is a double MA like Ajayji himself who has a Masters degree in English and Music.
Ajay-ji was a child prodigy and was introduced to classical music scene by none other than Ustad Amir Khan Saheb in 1958 at the age of ten (10) at the Calcutta music conference. At the same age he was the youngest artist to be featured in the Mecca of classical music conferences The Sawai Gandharva Festival wherein he sang with the likes of Ustad Salamat Nazakat, Hirabai Badodekar, Pt. Omkarnath Thakur, Begum Akhtar and Pt Bhimsen-ji. A feat, which is extremly rare in today’s generation of artists. Ajay-ji has since then been receiving love and affection from all these great artists who have heard him as a miracle in his younger years and as a living legend now.
Pandit Ajay Pohankar has been in the Indian music scene since last 50 years now, has done innumerable concerts in India and around the world and has been a trendsetter in his own right. His singing impresses primarily for its aesthetic beauty and then for its impeccable technique. His voice has reached and touched the hearts of millions of listeners around the world.
Ajayjis has performed in almost all conferences and major festivals in India in his long career of 5 decades like Harvallabh Festival (Jalandha)r, Pune’s Sawai Gandharva Ffest, Tansen Festival (Gwalior), Sankatmochan (Benares), Saptak and many more besides the prestigious tourism festivals and innumerable international concerts in some of the most prestigious venues of Africa, U.k and America.
Ajayji is one of the finest Thumri singers of the country. Being a Maharashtrian it was very difficult to imbibe the art but he has contributed to this genre unconditionally.
Ajayji has to his credit many awards given to him by various organizations. The quality of his voice is considered one of the best in the country and has been used for many international c.d compilations as well. His voice not only is traditional but has immense capability to sing numerous genres of music, his latest milestone being India’s most famous fusion album along with his son Indian classical keyboardist his singing reached even the common man and left a mark in there minds for many years to come.
Ajayji is extreamly adaptable to new music styles and is always open about experimenting with new musicians and new genre of music. His gayaki has crossed the geographical and cultural boundaries since many years and his voice is liked by people and artists from around the world, making him one of the great artists of India. This is his 60th anniversary year and Ajayji is performing some special concerts around the world to mesmerize the audience that loves him. Truly a simple but most glittering gems of INDIAN CLASSICAL MUSIC Maestro Pt. Ajay Pohankar
(Source: 02/2014 – www.ajaypohankar.com (Official Website)
Pt Ajay Pohankar sings Thumri (in Raga form Mishra Pahadi)…
Pt Ajay Phoankar sings Ghazal…