Swarateerth recognises the conflicting pressures and interests of contemporary society pose challenges to artists, especially at the commencement of their careers. Swarateerth strongly believes that young talent needs to be empowered to take career advancement decisions and systematically assess pathways to acquire domain skills that complement their artistic skills, and at the same time enable income generation.
Swarateerth offers a two pronged action plan to achieve its objectives.
- Establish a platform for the young artists to present their art. Young talent needs to be spotted early on and offered platforms to present their skills. Swarateerth collaborates with organizations working in the field of Fine and Performing arts to identify talented artists and provide them the opportunities.
- In the initial stages of their career, performing artists face the dual challenges of paucity of platforms to present their talent and meagre income due to low performance remuneration. Swarateerth will support artists to augment skills required for career opportunities in complementary industries. This will enable emerging artists to supplement their incomes and continue their artistic career pathways.
Pandit Jayateerth Mevundi hails from the land of great vocalists and maestros of Hindustani Classical Music. Pt. Mallikarjun Mansur, Pt. Basavaraj Rajguru, Bharat Ratna Pt. Bhimsen Joshi, Dr. (Mrs.) Gangubai Hangal, and Pt. Kumar Gandharva are a few of the legends from the Hubbali-Dharwad region in Karnatak, India. Born in the year 1972, Shri Jayateerthji is an eminent vocalist of the Kirana Gharana.
Jayateerthji believes that the musical traditions are enriched through a continuous process of reflection and practice. It demands freedom and space for innovation in musical expression; that echoes the traditions and at the same time remains eternally contemporary. This is reflected in the blissful and pleasurable renditions of Jayateerthji.
It is Shri Mevundi’s conviction that learning comes only from a communion between the teacher and student. He therefore strives to further the soul of the “Guru Shishya” tradition while adapting it to the needs and demands of the contemporary society.
Jayateerthji received his initial training in music under the tutelage of Sangeet Ratna Late Pt. Arjunsa Nakod of the Gwalior Gharana for nearly 10 years. From 1994 onwards he was a student of Late Pt. Shripati Padigar, one of the foremost disciples of the Kirana Gharana legend Bharat Ratna Pt. Bhimsen Joshi.
Pandit Jayateerth Mevundi has won many accolades and awards. In 2007 he received the “Young Maestro” award from the President of India, Dr.Abdul Kalam. Some of the other important awards are the Pt. Jasraj Gourav Puraskar received in 1995, the Mewati Gharana Sangeet Gourav Puraskar received in 2000, the Shanmukhananda Sangeet Shiromani Award in 2003 and the Aditya Vikram Birla – Kala Kiran Puraskar 2009, for excellence in Hindustani Classical Music, A Sangit Kala Kendra presentation, Mumbai.