About Balgandharvadmin

Little did anyone know that an angle was descending on this earth when a child to be name Narayana was born in the house of Shripad Rajhans in the year 1888. No wonder the event first a quite routine in the small village of rural Maharashtra, calling for no special celebration. By the time this child turned four his family moved to Jalgaon and spent the next 8 years in the large house of Aabaji Ragho Mhalas family located in the Baliram Peth Area. Little Narayan went to the Municipal Primary School and his thread ceremony was also conducted here.
Formal School education never interested this dreamy child. His soul was packed with musical notes waiting to stream out through his sweet voice and enchant thousands but this could happen only after the proper training by a capable Guru. Ustad Mehaboob Khan had the honor to offer the initial lessons in Indian Classical Music and the little Narayan wasted no time in learning this art. With just a few years training he started singing in his melodious voice in the presence of the great “ Lokmanya Tilak “ , who instantly identified the heavenly gift and exclaimed “This shure is the singing little agngles” (Balgandharv as we say in Marathi.) wining such acclaim at the tender age of ten was just beginning for this boy who with his new name “Balgandharv” wrote history by creating and popularizing a new form of semi classical music named Marathi Natyasangeet.
After further training from the great musical maestro “ Master Krishnarao” of the “Bakhale” Gharana (Lineage), he was ready to launch his career as a singing idol on Marathi Stage. In July 1913 he established “Gandharv Natak Mandali” dedicated to stage one great musical play after another. The heroin of each play was always played by Balgandharva hypnotizing the audiences through his acting and singing keeping them spellbound for the entire night. While touring whole of Maharashtra, he returned to and performed in his childhood hometown of Jalgaon and expressed his gratitude by donating a large sum to construct a building in the memory of his patron, Mr. Mhalas. This building still stands as a proud heritage in the Balirampeth area of Jalgaon.
In recognition of his amazing service to the musical Marathi stage , the Govt of Maharashtra an open air drama theatre in Jalgaon and named it after Balgandharva. The opening ceremony of this theatre was attended by Balgandharva himself and Late Vasantrao Chandorkar with his family witnessed that function.
Soon after our trust was formed, the trustees decided to form a 3 day show of Indian classical and semi-classical music as a recurring annual event in Jalgaon. This show is our littl tribute to Balgandharva for the simple reasons like
• The seeds of Balgandharva’s glory were sown during his childhood stay and training in Jalgaon.
• Late Vasantrao Chandorkar took his lessons in classical music from the same Guru ‘Master Krushna’.
• If Balgandharva expressed his gratitude for Jalgaon and it’s residents then Jalgaon and Chandorkar family must reciprocate by honoring his name and services to music.
Our sincere efforts have made this ‘Balgandharva Sangeet Mahotsav’, a growing success earning acclaim and blessings from all over India and from great musical artists like Pt. Bhimsen Joshi, Pt. Shivkumar Sharma, Pt. Hariprasad Chaurasiya (to name a few). We now pray and hope for recognition and support from the international community to expand our horizons.