C. R. Vyas
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Chintaman Raghunath Vyas
|Birth name||Chintaman Raghunath Vyas|
|Born||9 November 1924|
|Origin||Osmanabad, Maharashtra, India|
|Died||10 January 2002 (aged 77)|
|Genres||Hindustani classical music|
He had his initial music training from Govindrao Bhatambrekar of the Kirana gharana for a decade. Then he learnt from Rajamram Paradkar of Gwalior gharana. While he was training in the Gwalior style of singing, he was impressed by Jagannathbuwa Purohit who belonged to the Agra gharana and started learning from him. He also got guidance from Yeshwantbuva Mirashi. He also benefited from association with other scholars/musicians, namely S N Ratanjankar, Chidanand Nagarkar, S.C.R. Bhat and K. G. Ginde.
He had been employed at ITC in a white collar job. Music was not a primary vocation. In his own words, "In our time we did not think of earning either fame or money through music". He was a leading artist in AIR and on TV. He has participated in major musical events in India as well as abroad.
He also researched traditional ragas and bandishes and composed more than 200 bandishes in different ragas under the pen-name Gunijan. As a tribute to his Guru Gunidas he started the Gunidas Sangeet Sammelan  in 1977. He has written a book Raag Sarita which sums up his work in the field of music.
Awards and recognitions
- Tansen Sanman by Government of Madhya Pradesh in 1999
- Master Dinanath Mangeshkar Puraskar in 1999
- Marathwada Gaurav Puraskar in 1998
- Ustad Hafiz Ali Khan Award in 1994
- Padma Bhushan in 1992
- Maharashtra Gaurav Puraskar in 1990
- Sangeet Natak Akademi Award in 1987
- Etched in Time — Pandit C. R. Vyas (VCD — Released in 2007)
- Tapasya — Vol 1 & 2 (2005) This album features Live recordings of Pandit Jasraj, Bhimsen Joshi & Vyas
- Sangeet Sartaj - C R Vyas (Vocal) This double volume album will feature the great Hindustani classical vocalist Vyas. The maestro has rendered in this album ragas like Bihag, Bimpalasi and Ahiri Lalit to name a few.
- Eternal Rhapsody - C R Vyas Live Recording In Mumbai
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