Ramanlal C. Mehta was born on October 31, 1918 at Surat in the state of Gujarat. An eminent musician and musicologist, he retired in 1978, from the MS University of Baroda, after serving as Principal of the College of Indian Music, Dance & Dramatics / Faculty of Performing Arts ), for several years. He was trained in Hindustani classical vocal music by the late Kanchalal Manawala and later followed the Kirana style of the Late Ustad Abdul Waheed Khan. He was with All India Radio for 9 years ( 1945 – 1953 ) prior to his taking up principal-ship of the Baroda Music College. A distinguished vocalist of the Kirana Gharana Style, he has developed his own style in Khyal and Thumri, and given several vocal concerts of Hindustani Classical Music in music circles, music conferences and over All India Radio. He composed and produced above fifty musical dramas and features over A.I.R., Bombay, Ahmedabad and Baroda (1945 – 1953).
As an academician he has served the cause of music education in India for over 45 years. He has served as Expert member on national as well as State Institutions and Universities. Musicians & academician, author and editor of several books in Indian Music, Prof. Mehta founded in 1970, Indian Musicological Society and continues to serve the society has honorary General Secretary. He has served as Editor of the Journal of the Indian Musicological Society, since its inception, in 1970, retiring in 2005. He has served as an expert member on the Central Music Audition Board ( MAB ) of All India Radio. Padmabhushan Prof. R. C. Mehta has always been associated with innovations in field of music. On his suggestion, the first ever conference on distance education in Indian Classical Music was organized by Ustad Alauddin Khan Sangeet Academy. He published a collection of papers presented s Distance Education in Music. Almost all significant conferences, seminars, workshops have benefited by his presence. He travels only when necessary these days, but assists organizers, scholars, students over phone and through e-mail.
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