Vijay Jagtap

From the early age of seven, Vijay displayed an exceptional ability in grasping all elements of the art of the Sitar, and pursued it with mature dedication. His talent in music was honed to perfection by his training and constant endeavour to develop inner strength and empathy with the classical traditions of Hindustani music.

After completing his Master’s with a distinction, in 1982 the late renowned Sitar master Shri Arvind Dighe accepted him as his disciple, a turning point in Vijay’s life.  Vijay was educated in the ‘Guru Shishya Parampara’ style, a version of Indian music whose disciples learn music as a development of the inner self. Vijay is known for his innovative blending of Eastern and Western instruments in his creative work.

During the period between 1989 and 2004, Vijay was Head of the Sitar Department at Bhartiya Vidya Bhavan– Europe’s premier institution of Indian music and performing arts.

Vijay’s calling as a musician goes far beyond concert halls, TV and radio performances. He has also played in many Ashrams, hospitals and hospices around the world. Vijay believes that, ‘Music is an important tool for healing and can be used effectively to spread harmony, contentment and peace’.