Born in 1924 in the village of Thair, Maharashtra, Shri Chintaman R. Vyas received his training in Hindustani vocal music from Govindrao Bhatam- brekar, Rajarambua Paradkar, Yashwantbua Mirashi and Jagannathbua Purohit — assi- milating the best in the Kirana, Gwalior and Agra gharanas. Shri C.R. Vyas has emerged as a vocalist of rare distinction performing widely over a long career at home and abroad. He has to his credit several gramophone records and nearly two hundred original compositions under the pseudonym Gunijan. His disciples include several well- known young artistes of today. For his eminence in music and his contribution to its enrichment Shri Chintaman R Vyas receives the Sangeet Natak Akademi Award for Hindustani vocal music.