Jeevan Lal Mattoo

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Jeevan Lal Mattoo

Death: Died in New Delhi, West Delhi, Delhi, India
Immediate Family:

Son of ? Mattoo and wife 2 Mattoo
Husband of Roopwanti Mattoo
Father of Moti Lal Mattu and Jawahar Lal Mattoo
Half brother of Radha Rani Dar

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About Jeevan Lal Mattoo

Jiwan lal Mattoo belonged to a pre- Partition family of kashmiri Pandits settled in Amritsar. He was a renowned musicologist of the country who is known for his two outstanding student ; Mohd Rafi and Sitar Maestro Mehmud Mirza .His ancestor Pandit Mehtab Ram Mattoo , a shawl trader , had actually moved to this city from kashmir sometime in nineteenth centaury . Infact a member from this Mattoo family namely Kashmiri Lal Mattoo had also donated about one kanal of Land inside walled city of Amritsar ( Present location Farid Chowk ) in 1908 AD for construction of a community centre and a Shiva Temple now known as shivala kashmiri Panditan .

Jiwan lal Mattoo had a profound knowledge of classical music essentially vocal . He was a Disciplinarian who believed in purity of Ragaas .. Those who saw him confirm that he wore tidy clothes and even during his hectic days at AIR Lahore , never missed his daily Riyaz. He was also seen at community gatherings at Shivala Kashmiri Panditaan Lahore . This shivala at the junction of Vachchuwali and Mohalla Sareen Lahore was constructed by Raja Dina Nath Madan ( Finance Minister in the court of Maharaja Ranjit Singh of Lahore ) in 1835 AD for Kashmiri Pandit community of Lahore.

The partition of the country proved a great setback for this music genius . He arrived in Delhi as a refugee from Lahore and joined AIR. Here at Delhi ,he founded the Radio’s first National Orchestra Called Akashvaani Vadya Vrinda which was later taken over by Sitar Maestro late Pandit Ravi Shanker who joined AIR New Delhi as Music Director in 1950 . Pandit Jiwan Lal Mattoo lived in this new city unnoticed .

Source: Chinar Shade (

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Jeevan Lal Mattoo's Timeline

April 15, 1927
Lahore, India
New Delhi, West Delhi, Delhi, India