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Vishnu Digambar Paluskar
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Pandit Vishnu Digambar Paluskar
"Sangeet Bhaskar" Pandit Vishnu Digambar Paluskar (1872-1931) is the composer of Ramdhun "Raghupati Raghav Rajaram". He took up the task of conveying the message of music to every home in the simplest way. In 1901, he founded the Gandharva Mahavidyalaya in Lahore, the first music school run by public funds. Here he trained individuals who would dedicate their lives to teaching music. In 1908, Paluskar migrated from Lahore to Bombay and opened a branch of the Gandharva Mahavidyalaya. Prominent among his disciples was his son D.V. Paluskar, Vinayak Rao Patwardhan, Narayan Rao Vyas and Pandit Omkarnath Thakur. Paluskar also set the song Vande Materam to a tune and sang it for the first time in the Congress session at Lahore.