Song of Surrender

Tuesday, 16 January 2018

Thakur Jaidev Singh

Birthdays & Anniversaries

16.1.1893 - 19.5.1986

Music to Jaideva Singh was a passion, no doubt, but never his profession or main occupation. He was essentially an academic with philosophy as the subject of his specialisation, but with varied interests. Paradoxically, though a distinguished scholar, he neither obtained any research degree, nor did he ever adorn the faculty of any university. He remained a college teacher, all through, first at the D.A.V. College, Kanpur and then as the founder-principal of a degree college at Lakhimpur, U.P. Late in life, his scholarship was duly recognised and three universities including the Banaras Hindu University conferred on him the honorary degree of D. Litt. As an executive of All India Radio he was mainly an administrator or supervisor framing policies and ensuring their effective execution. He was neither a platform performer nor, to the best of my knowledge, did he ever claim to be a composer. As such Jaideva's real eminence lay in the domain of musicology, which he enriched and interpreted, often, through his captivating discourses and through his scattered writingsbooks, articles and broadcast scripts.

Jaideva received his initial training in classical vocal music while pursuing his academic studies at Varanasi. The musical atmosphere of this holy city provided a added impetus to the boy in the pursuit of his hobby.

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