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GURGAON, HARYANA, INDIA, November 30, 2021 / – The phenomenon of the emergence of artists attached to various lineages with unusual talent and creative skill can be explained in various ways. The aptitude for art is summed up in a heritage rooted in temperament. Others attribute it to hard work, dedication and art ratification while others think it is pure luck to have the opportunity to be introduced to art making and to get guidance and training at the feet of a hallowed guru in a nutshell built-in abilities coupled with a constant process of cultivation through experience, practice, and creativity, a long way to go to achieve artistic perfection.

The charisma
Because artists are fortunate to owe their recognition to a combination of all these prerequisites. This is how I was able to understand Professor Baldev Singh Bali’s rise to one of the most charismatic and impressive vocal singers in the state with a flair for classical Indian music. He served the Jammu Institute of Music and Fine Arts as Dean of the College and Head of the Faculty of Music. It is his dedication to music and his mastery of its subtleties and nuances that reveal his true identity.

Family tradition
The music came to him as part of a tradition of the ancestral lineage. His grandfather, Sardar Kartar Singh Bali, who had served the Dogra rulers of his time as military secretary as well as foreign aid, was known to have a craze for music concerts at his home and to invite renowned musicians even from out of state. to participate.

Professor Baldev Singh Bali’s father, Sardar Surinder Singh Bali, picked up the thread and stuck to the family tradition of frequenting music. He had been president of “Sangeet Mahavidyalya”, a prestigious private musical institution in Jammu, for nearly two decades.

Revered teachers
Professor Baldev Singh Bali, also known as Professor BSBali, also benefited from two other essential ingredients which helped temper the artist and bring out the best in him, the student and the practice. Ram Prashad Razdan was the first guru from whom, in 1957, he learned classical music for ten years. He also had the opportunity to learn from other maestros. In 1958, the legendary classical singer Pt. Bhimsen Joshi came to Jammu for a radio engagement. Professor Baldev Singh Bali met him and got his blessing, as the young musician was determined not to miss any chance of winning from the legendary singer. After this incident, Professor Bali became a disciple of Pt. Bhimsen Joshi Ji and learned Kirana Gharana Gayaki from him. He has participated in several musical conferences and performances with Pt. Bhimsen Joshi ji and it was only after the ashirwaad and permission from his GuruJi that he started performing and showing his talent to the world.

Professor Baldev Singh Bali has participated in music conferences across India with the country’s eminent artist since 1960, inside and outside the state. He received several congratulations during his life. Some of his prestigious honors are – he received a state award for my contribution in the field of music in 1996 by J&K State Governor, General KV Krishna Rao. He was also congratulated by the Chief Secretary of J&K State, Mr. Ashok Kumar at the music concert held at the RR Auditorium in Jammu in 1996. All India Pandit Bhaskar Rao Music and Dance Conference. Congratulated by Bharat Vikas Parishad, Jammu, on the occasion of his Annual Function for my contribution in the field of Music.

He was awarded the “UPADHI PATRA” (Sangeet Varidhi) award by the Lieutenant Governor of Delhi, Dr AN Jha in 1972. He was also commended by the Academy of Arts, Culture and Languages, Jammu in 1995 , The Academy of Arts, Culture and Languages, Jammu in 1995, Folk Stage Society in 1991 and also received a silver medal for my performance by the then Prime Minister of J&K Sh. Sheikh Mohd . Abdallah in 1952.

Professor Baldev Singh Bali is also a former member of the AIR advisory board, Jammu, board member of the Institute of Music and Fine Arts formed by the J&K Academy of Art, Culture and Languages, member of the local Radio Cachemire hearing council.

pt. Bhimsen Joshi Sangeet and Swar Kala Sangam Academy
Professor Baldev Singh Bali and his daughter Ms. Mukta Mehta continue to pass on the flame of Indian classical music to students. He played a decisive role in the formation of Pt. Bhimsen Joshi Sangeet Academy with his daughter and disciple Mrs. Mukta Mehta. which ensures the dissemination of classical knowledge and there are no geographical barriers for it. Mukta is also following in his father’s footsteps and, in continuation, launched two major aspects – short term Indian classical music courses with certification from Pt. Bhimsen Joshi Sangeet Academy and online courses from Swar Kala Sangam – a portal for online music lessons ( Swar Kala Sangam’s online portal will primarily focus on Indian Classical Music and Line Dance classes while Pt. Bhimsen Joshi Sangeet Academy will play a key role in maintaining the quality standards of the classes and providing certifications .

Mukta Mehta also believes that teaching Indian classical music is a must and that one should challenge a classical art form and be connected to heritage. Children and even their parents are so influenced by Western culture that they somehow lose the rich cultural values ​​of their children which must be imbibed and made sure that the cultural heritage is passed on. for generations to come.
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