Vishwashanti Sangeet Kala Academy (VSKA), was inaugurated by India’s Nightingale and Bharat Ratna Lata Mangeshkar in a glittering event. Lataji lit the auspicious lamp and declared the institute open with her mesmerizing chants of the Gayatri Mantra.
Accompanied by Pandit Hridaynath Mangeshkar, Usha Mangeshkar, Meena Khadilkar and Music Maestro Ustad Amjad Ali Khan, Padma Bhushan Mohan Dharia, Babasaheb Purandare, Zia Fariduddin Dagar, Annasaheb Dange and Karve Guruji the VSKA opened doors to music lovers and students from around the globe to train in classical Indian Music and western music of 160 countries.
VSKA is located amidst the beautiful and serene campus of Rajbagh in Pune. Prof. Vishwanath Karad, Founder and President of the MIT Group of institute fondly recollected “Actor Raj Kapoor was definitive that Rajbagh his treasured land will only be given to MIT for setting up a education centre and what better way than to have Lata Mangeshkar render her support and expert mentorship to the students of VSKA.”
“ Students here are offered the learnings in the age old guru-shishya environment.” says Adinath Mangeshkar, Secretary General. “It offers a great environment which meets global learnings from 160 countries from classical Indian to western music. Even the architecture of the building is inspiring enough. The seven domes of the Academy denotes the seven ragas of Indian Classical Music.”
Ustad Amjad Ali Khan said, “I am a small member of Mangeshkar family. The very soul of this family is music. There was a need for such kind of international institution of music. I hope that this academy will fulfill this need and offer a great contribution in the field of music.”