Vijay Kichlu (16 September 1930[1] – 17 February 2023) was 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.

Kichlu 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.

Kichlu founded Sangeet Research Academy for patronising and nurturing upcoming talents in Indian classical music. In 2018, he was bestowed with the civilian award Padma Shri by the Government of India.[2]

Kichlu died on 17 February 2023, at the age of 93.[3]


  1. ^ "Earlier, tea spiked with sindoor was offered to damage voices: Pt Vijay Kichlu". 24 September 2020 – via The Economic Times - The Times of India.
  2. ^ "Padma awards 2018 announced, MS Dhoni, Sharda Sinha among 85 recipients: Here's complete list". India TV. 25 January 2018. Retrieved 26 January 2018.
  3. ^ "সংগীত জগতে নক্ষত্রপতন, প্রয়াত পণ্ডিত বিজয় কিচলু". 17 February 2023. Retrieved 17 February 2023.