Gandharva Mahavidyalaya, Pune was founded by Pt. Vinayakbua Patwardhan in the year 1932. To boost the continuous and expanding musical activities and ventures of Mahavidyalaya, a trust named as Bharatiya Sangeet Prasarak Mandal was established in the year 1942. A committee of nine eminent personalities was formed to handle the activities of the trust. Since the inception of BSPM, Gandharva Mahavidyalaya, Pune is known as Bharatiya Sangeet Prasarak Mandal’s Gandharva Mahavidyalaya.
During the foundation years of the BSPM, it received the valuable contribution and guidance of Shri Datto Vaman Potdar, Shri Lakshman Balawant Bhopatkar, Shri Damodar Vishwanath Gokhale, Shri Vidyadhar Hari Damle, Shri Ganesh Hari Ranade, and Shri Sadashiv Vyankatesh Mone. Experienced and well-known personalities like Shri Vinayaka Narayan Patwardhan, Shri Dattatraya Vishnu Paluskar, and Shri Purushottam Rajaram Pandit who played very important roles in the musical heritage of India were also instrumental in the founding of the organization.
Bharatiya Sangeet Prasarak Mandal aims and works for the cause of increasing awareness and spread of Indian Classical music. It also conducts regular classes and musical concerts apart from publishing books dedicated to Indian Classical music. With a set syllabus, BSPM conducts various examinations starting from Prarambhik to Sangeet Praveen. The trust through its several initiatives, awards and scholarships encourages upcoming talents in the arena of traditional Indian classical music.