The book unveils the India’s Heritage of Gharana Music: Pandits of Gwalior is about the history of the Gwalior Gharana, Gwalior’s rise to being known as the cultural capital of India owes it to the patronage that it enjoyed in pre- independence times leading to the blossoming of two important styles in the music of North India, namely Dhrupad and Khayal, today Meeta Pandit is a leading artist of India and also belongs to the Gwalior Gharana as she is the sixth in the unbroken lineage of legendary musicians and was the first woman in the family to take up music professionally. she inherited her music skills from his Grandfather awardee Padma Bhushan Pt Krishnarao Shankar Pandit, the doyen of Northern Indian Classical music in the 20th century
“I am writing about these beautiful aspects in my book, India’s Heritage Of Gharana Music: Pandits of Gwalior. I hope to finish it soon. I wanted to document the tradition for posterity through this book.” says Meeta about her book .
Talking about her book, Gwalior was the abode of music. There was a saying that even when a child in Gwalior cries, he cries in sur. The patronage by the two dynasties namely the Tomars and the Scindias, made it possible to reach its pinnacle. This book is about the transition from dhrupad to khayal style in North Indian classical music and from the Khans to the Pandits.
It is the remarkable journey of how the Pandits of Gwalior imbibed this heritage at a time when it was unthinkable for Hindus to learn music from Muslim Ustads who enjoyed all creature comforts provided by their patrons. It highlights the selfless guru bhakti, sadhana for attainment of highest level in any art. It is also about the contribution of the individual members of the Pandit family of Gwalior to Hindustani music.
Author Meeta Pandit has been very active in promoting and propagating Indian classical music worldwide and carries forward the tradition by grooming budding singers from India and abroad.. She has presented Sunehere Pal in Subaha Savere which was a popular morning breakfast show presenting ragas used in Bollywood songs. “Prasar Bharati & Public Service Broadcasting Trust” jointly made a film on her titled Meeta – “Linking a Tradition with Today“. She is a recipient of many awards and honours including Sangeet Natak Akademi Award- Bismillah Khan Award, Indira Gandhi Priyadarshini Award, Jayprakash Narayan Award , Sur Mani, Yuva Ojaswini, Yuva Ratna, and FICCI Award for music.She has also presented a popular music appreciation series on North Indian Classical Music called Swar Shringar on World Space Radio etc.