Vinay Chandra Maudgalya
Born2 April 1918
Occupation(s)Classical musician
Known forIndian classical music
SpousePadma Devi
ChildrenMadhup Mudgal
Mukul Mudgal
Madhavi Mudgal
AwardsPadma Shri

Vinay Chandra Maudgalya(1918 - 1995) was an Indian classical musician, vocalist and the founder of Gandharva Mahavidyalaya, a music and dance academy for the promotion of Hindustani music and Indian classical dances.[1] He was a follower of Gwalior gharana.[2] The Government of India awarded him the fourth highest Indian civilian honour of Padma Shri in 1984.[3]


Vinay Chandra Maudgalya was born on 2 April 1918. He received his early training in Hindustani classical music at Vishnu Digambar Paluskar's academy in Lahore. Later, he trained under Vinayakrao Patwardhan in Pune. He arrived in Delhi in 1939, as a "lanky, strikingly handsome" 21-year old, with a mandate to set up a school for classical music in Delhi.[4]

Gandharva Mahavidyalaya was established in 1939. It was initially located in a rented flat near the now-closed Regal cinema in Connaught Place.[4] In the early years, there were few students, and Maudgalya would go around on his bicycle trying to persuade families to send their children to his academy.[5]

Maudgalya was awarded the civilian honour of Padma Shri by the Government of India in 1984.[6] He was married to Padma Devi and the couple had two sons, Madhup Mudgal, a renowned musician and the incumbent principal of Gandharva Mahavidyalaya, Mukul Mudgal, the retired Chief Justice of the Punjab and Haryana High Court who headed the Mudgal Committee, comprising Additional Solicitor General of India L Nageswara Rao and senior advocate and former cricket umpire Nilay Dutta, appointed by the Supreme Court to conduct an independent inquiry into the allegation of corruption, betting and spot-fixing in 2013 Indian Premier League [7] and a daughter, Madhavi Mudgal, an Odissi exponent.[8] Both Mudhup and Madhavi are also recipients of Padma Shri. [9] Mudgalya's music pursuit is one of the main features of the 2002 documentary film, Pratidhwani - Echoes, made by Basheer Ali which focuses on other renowned musicians such as Mohan Nadkarni, Naushad, Vasant Paluskar and Ravi Shankar as well.[10]

Maudgalya died in 1995.[11]

See also


  1. ^ "The applause, not for showmanship". The Hindu. 10 September 2010. Retrieved 17 July 2015.
  2. ^ "Swarganga profile". Swarganga. 2015. Retrieved 17 July 2015.
  3. ^ "Padma Awards" (PDF). Ministry of Home Affairs, Government of India. 2015. Retrieved 18 June 2015.
  4. ^ a b Nair, Malini. "Delhi was a cultural wasteland before this man took classical music to its middle classes". Retrieved 5 September 2019.
  5. ^ Khurana, Suanshu (5 April 2009). "Classical in the city". The Indian Express. Retrieved 3 October 2019.
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  7. ^ Vinay Chandra Maudgalya
  8. ^ Vinay Chandra Maudgalya&hl=en-IN#a.cite note-The applause, not for showmanship-1
  9. ^ Vinay Chandra Maudgalya&hl=en-IN#a.cite note-Padma Awards-3
  10. ^ Vinay Chandra Maudgalya&hl=en-IN#a
  11. ^ Vinay Chandra Maudgalya&hl=en-IN#a.cite note-GMV, New Delhi and its founder Vinay Chandra Maudgalya-5