|17th August 2000 - Page 1|
|SCHOOL WATCH INTERVIEW WITH MEERA PUNDIT|
Inter House Science Quiz for class IX-XII was held on Tuesday the 8th of
August. Yellow House emerged the winners with 85 points, but Red House gave them
a tough fight with 75 points. The Science Department thanks Class XII for successfully
conducting the quiz.
The school celebrated Independance Day on the 15th of August. This issue concentrates on India, its future, its people and its traditions.
Wednesday, the 7th of August, Ms. Meera Pandit, of the legendary Pandit family in Gwalior,
judged the Inter-House Indian Music Competition. She also performed for all of us on
stage. Her voice is unique to Indian Music, as not only does it have tremendous power and
clarity, but it also stretches over an extraordinarily wide range of three octaves. Ms.
Pandit is sixth in the unbroken lineage of musicians in the legendary Pandit family of
Gwalior Gharana. She has been trained since childhood, first by her grandfather Pt.
Krishnarao Pandit, and then by her father and guru Pt. L.K. Pandit. She gave her first
performance when she was seven years old, and since then her voice has continued to
enthrall and amaze. On her shoulders lie the hopes of over 200 years of old family
tradition. In a brief interview with Vasant Valley Today, she speaks about her career,
achievements and gives us a few words of wisdom.
VVT: What inspired you to get into music?
Meera Pandit: I feel that music itself is so powerful that it draws you in. You don't need a person to inspire you; music can do that for you.
VVT: When did you feel most proud in your entire career?
MP: Well I am not one to feel very proud, but I would say that one of my happiest moments was when my debut album came out. But I feel most happy when I have performed exceptionally and the audience cheers. All that I want is for people to enjoy my music.
VVT: We have heard that you have been awarded many prestigious titles and awards. Could you please mention a few of them for us?
1. The Golden Voice of India- by the Singers Society of India- 1989
2. Sur-Mani by Sur Singar Samsad 1992
3. Excellence in Music Award- by St. Maryıs and Lady Shri Ram College- 1992, 1995
4. Pt. Nikhil Banerjee Smriti Award- Sangeet Bhavan, Lucknow- 1998
5. Yuva Ratna- 1999
In This Issue
Interview - Meera Pandit..........1
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