Pandit Vishnu Digambar Paluskar
Pandit Vishnu Digambar Paluskar was the pioneer to establish Gandharva Mahavidyalaya and start a degree course in Indian classical music. He was an Institution of Indian classical music in himself. Besides being an excellent and renowned vocalist, he strived to bring Divine music to layman. Panditji compiled books on music. He devised his own notation system suitable to Indian classical music, based on the notation system in western classical music. He also composed notations for the national anthem of India and the famous patriotic song “Sare Jahanse Achha”, which are classical music based tunes.
They are different from those which are now known to the Indian community in general. His compositions for semi-classical songs became popular. He also established RamNam Adhar Ashram at Nashik in 1924, where a hall is still offered free of cost to anybody who wishes to give Indian classical music performance.