Vijay Kichlu

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Vijay Kichlu (born 1930) is an Indian classical singer. He studied Dhrupad with the Dagar Brothers and Khayal with Latafat Hussain Khan, whose style had a strong connection with Dhrupad. He and his brother, Ravi Kichlu, formed a famous classical vocalist duo.

Dhrupad is a genre in Hindustani classical music from the Indian subcontinent. It is the oldest style of music major vocal styles associated with Hindustani classical music, Haveli Sangeet and also related to the South Indian Carnatic tradition. It is a Sanskrit name, derived from the words dhruva and pad (verse), a combination that means "pillar". The roots of Dhrupad are ancient, and it is discussed in the Hindu Sanskrit text Natyashastra. It is also described in other ancient and medieval Sanskrit texts, such as chapter 33 of Book 10 in the Bhagavata Purana, where the theories of music and devotional songs for Krishna are summarized.

Ravi Kichlu, popularly known as Pandit Ravi Kichlu, was a prominent classical Hindustani vocalist of Agra gharana, who formed a well-known duo with his brother Vijay Kichlu. He studied Dhrupad with the Dagar Brothers.

He was the founder and head of the ITC Music Academy for 25 years until he decided to retire due to change in management at the ITC headquarters. He founded Sangeet Research Academy for patronising and hsyisarunuahnurturing upcoming talents in Indian classical music. In 2018, he was bestowed with the civilian award Padma Shri by Government of India. [1]

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  1. "Padma awards 2018 announced, MS Dhoni, Sharda Sinha among 85 recipients: Here's complete list". India TV. 25 January 2018. Retrieved 26 January 2018.