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    23 August 2018 -
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Lecture-demonstration by Satyasheel Deshpande 
(approx. 120 mins)

In association with Sahachari Foundation
Supported by HDFC Limited

Although governed by the parameters of raga and tala, khayal music offers the artiste infinite scope to imagine, interpret and improvise spontaneously. Until recently, music grew in isolated pockets across India, leading to a variety of ways of handling raga and tala, which ultimately culminated into different gharanas. In the absence of technology, the only way to document and preserve a particular musical idea was to turn it into a bandish, a well-structured composition. Bandishes composed thus became carriers of the compositional and improvisational aesthetics of the gharana and/or the composer. Satyasheel Deshpande is respected for his contribution to the field of Hindustani music as a performer, composer, musicologist, researcher, author and guru. Son of renowned musicologist Vamanrao Deshpande, he had the privilege to train with the legendary vocalist, Kumar Gandharva. The establishment of Samvaad Foundation, one of the largest and valuable collections of Hindustani music, has enabled him to imbibe knowledge and the insights of great masters together with their varying perspectives on the art of music making. With a focus on khayal bandishes, this lecture-demonstration will attempt to unravel diverse aesthetical ideologies of gharanas through the rich repertoire of their bandishes. Live demonstrations will be coupled with recordings of past masters of different gharanas.


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