Gajendra Narayan Singh
Bihar, India
Died30 April 2018
Known forHindustani music
AwardsPadma Shri

Gajendra Narayan Singh was an Indian musician, musicologist, writer, art historian and a former chairman of the Bihar Sangeet Natak Academy, the apex body of the Government of Bihar for music and drama.[1][2] He is the author of four books on music, Mehfil, a historical reference book of music,[3] Swar Gandh (The Fragrance of Swaras), a book of biosketches and music-related anecdotes,[4] Kaljayee Sur: Pandit Bhimsen Joshi, a biographical work on the life and music of Bhimsen Joshi,[5] and Surile Logon ki Sangath (Harmonic accompaniment of people), which details the lives and music of some of the notable Hindustani classical musicians.[6] His efforts are also known in promoting music[7] and musicians of Bihar and he is reported to have initiated scholarship schemes for musicians during his tenure as the head of the Bihar Sangeet Natak Academy.[8] The Government of India awarded him the fourth highest civilian honour of the Padma Shri, in 2007, for his contributions to Indian music.[9] His life has been documented in an autobiography, Bihar ke Sangeeth Parampara (Bihar Music Tradition), which was published by Delhi Public School, Ludhiana, in 2014.[10]

See also


  1. ^ "Bureaucratic hurdles behind Nalanda university project delay". Times of India. 24 February 2014. Retrieved 15 January 2016.
  2. ^ "Salute to musical old boy". The Telegraph. 18 March 2015. Retrieved 15 January 2016.
  3. ^ Gajendra Narayan Singh (2002). Mehfil. Bihar Hindi Granth Academy. p. 292. ASIN B00UI19ZKM.
  4. ^ Gajendra Narayan Singh (1999). Swar Gandh. Bihar Hindi Granth Academy. p. 236. ASIN B00U951U46.
  5. ^ Gajendra Narayan Singh (2016). Kaljayee Sur: Pandit Bhimsen Joshi. Vaniprakashan. p. 116. ISBN 978-93-5229-355-1.
  6. ^ Gajendranarayan Singh (2007). Surile Logon ki Sangath. Kanishka Publications. p. 285. ISBN 9788184570724. Archived from the original on 13 June 2010. Retrieved 15 January 2016.
  7. ^ Manorma Sharma (2006). Tradition of Hindustani Music. APH Publishing. pp. 161 of 258. ISBN 9788176489997.
  8. ^ "Indra Kishore Mishra". Gharana Festival. 2016. Retrieved 15 January 2016.
  9. ^ "Padma Awards" (PDF). Ministry of Home Affairs, Government of India. 2016. Archived from the original (PDF) on 15 October 2015. Retrieved 3 January 2016.
  10. ^ "Bihar ke Sangeeth Parampara". Delhi Public School, Ludhiana. 2016. Retrieved 15 January 2016.