The founder of the institution was Pandit Narayan Moreshwar Khare, a faithful disciple of Pandit Vishnu Digambar Paluskar. Pandit Khare was a simple and pious man and also a learned musician.
He was brought to Sabarmati Ashram by Mahatma Gandhi. Khareji conducted the prayer meetings at the Sabarmati ashram and nurtured devotional songs of different languages, giving them a classical touch. The collection of these songs became popular as Ashram bhajanavali. We see Khareji in the famous photograph of Dandi march with an ektara in his hands, walking besides Gandhiji.
About Gandharva Mahavidyalaya, Ahmedabad
Gandharva Mahavidyalaya is one of the oldest government recognized classical music teaching institutions of Gujarat. It was started in 1935 with the aim of creating awareness about classical music in people at large in order to preserve and spread our cultural heritage. Making accessible, the training in vocal and instrumental classical music to common people and help them learn as well as enjoy it, was the main purpose behind setting up the institution.