It was Padmavibhushan Pandit Jasrajji's priceless music played around me that allowed me to eventually visualize devoting my life to music. Although I received occasional guidance from Pandit Jasrajji, my primary training started under Shri Chandrashekhar Swamy, a very senior exponent of the Mewati Gharana.
Shri Chandrashekhar Swamy trained with Pandit Jasrajji from the 1960s to the 1980s. Chandrashekharji has performed at several prestigious festivals across India like the Tansen Sangeet Samaroh, Sawai Gandharva Sammelan.
I have been very fortunate to be training under him since the tender age of 8. Chandrashekharji stayed with us for two years when I was in my teens, during which I received intensive taalim. We would wake up everyday to start practice at 5 AM and our practice sessions would continue throughout the entire day, often until late at night. On certain mornings when I failed to get up at 5 AM, he was loving enough to wake me up to train. He was very patient with me during our lessons and would teach each intricate phrase several times until I was able to reproduce it. Through Chandrashekharji, I was able to imbibe the salient features of the Mewati Gharana, including Pandit Jasrajji's diverse repertoire of ragas. Chandrashekharji is an extremely affectionate Guru who has continued to mentor me during every stage of my musical journey.
Through the years while I was training with Chandrashekharji, I also received continued guidance from the maestro, Pandit Jasrajji. I have had many opportunities to accompany him in his performances both within India and abroad. He included me in all his training camps which would sometimes last for up to a month.
Once when I was 18, I was practicing at home in the late morning. Pandit Jasrajji visited our house at that time and advised me to practice music at 5 AM in the morning. Ever since, I made it a habit to wake up early at 5 AM to start my morning riaz.
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