This institute was founded by the senior students of Pandit Vishnu Digambar Paluskar with a view to perpetuate Panditji’s immense contribution and laudable efforts in the field of music. Thefirst Akhil Bharatiya Gandharva Mahavidyalaya Mandal was constituted in 1931 in Ahmedabad. As of today, it has branches and students all over India and even abroad.
The Akhil Bharatiya Gandharva Mahavidyalaya has two main centres, one located in Miraj,Uttar Pardesh and the other one is at Vashi, Navi Mumbai. Both are known as ‘Gandharva Niketan’ and stand as testimonials to the great work of Panditji. At the Gandharva Niketan in Vashi, a memorial of Panditji has been installed at the main entrance. At the institute, students are trained in vocal music, instrumental music and dance from the primary level (Prathamik) to the degree level (Sangeetacharya). Monthly board meetings are held at the Gandharva Niketans. Cultural festivals are held on the occasion of birth and death anniversaries of exponents of music and on Gurupurnima. The aim of the Mahavidyalaya is to train and develop new artists in the field of music and dance. The Mahavidyalaya also publishes Kalavihar (a monthly magazine) and regularly holds teacher’s conferences, workshops and camps.
Since 1947, the Kalavihar magazine is being published in Marathi, Hindi and Gujarathi from Miraj, Uttar Pradesh. 3000 hours of recordings are available in the Mahavidyalaya’s library. In 2006, the Akhil Bharatiya Gandharva Mahavidyalaya completed 75 years and celebrated ‘Amrit Mahotsav’.