Krishna Gupta Memorial Scholarship in Music (722200303963)



Krishna Gupta Memorial Scholarship in Music


This scholarship was generously created in memory of Mr. Krishna Gupta. Born April 10, 1933 in Meerut, India, into a large family of brothers and sisters, Krishna was the eldest son. Graduating at the top of his class, he received a gold medal in chemistry at the undergraduate level from Agra University. In 1961, he was awarded by the government of India as an instructor in the National Cadet Corps. He went on to complete a master’s degree in physics at Lucknow University. After teaching for a number of years at the Government College, Nanital, he was appointed head of the physics department at NREC College, Khurja. In 1970, Mr. Gupta immigrated to Canada with his family to pursue further studies in engineering physics at McMaster University, Hamilton. In 1974, he moved to Ottawa as the city of his choice and continued to live here for the rest of his life.

Mr. Gupta was a great connoisseur of the classical music of India. He loved to sing and studied tabla for many years. He was the Ottawa director of Raga Mala of Canada, a national organization that was instrumental in introducing Indian classical music to Canada through the concerts of great stalwarts such as Ustad Zakir Hussain, Amjad Ali Khan, Pandit Bhimsen Joshi and countless others. In Ottawa, he was a founding member of Hindustani Sangeet Mandal, dedicated to promoting Indian classical music in all its forms.

A true community leader, Mr. Gupta was an ardent volunteer and fundraiser for local and international charities. He gave generously of his time to many Ottawa organizations, including Meals on Wheels, MSMF, the Heart and Stroke Foundation and The Ottawa Hospital.

The founders of the fund are honoured and delighted to offer this scholarship in fond memory of Mr. Gupta, who loved to support the arts and further the cause of music, which brought him so much pleasure in his life. He valued excellence and dedication in the pursuit of music. The founders hope this gift endowed with his spirit of perseverance and joy will encourage future musicians to pursue their calling with true and heartfelt devotion.


Award a scholarship to an undergraduate student registered in the BMus program and who plays a wind instrument.


Eligibility Criteria

The applicant must:

1. be a Canadian citizen, a permanent resident, a person with the protected/refugee status or an international student;

2. be registered as a full-time undergraduate student in the BMus program at the School of Music of the University of Ottawa;

3. play a wind instrument; and

4. demonstrate outstanding potential as a performer.

Value of the award: Minimum $1,000

Number of awards: Variable

Frequency of the award: Annual

Level or program of study: Undergraduate


No application is required, the scholarship is awarded automatically.