Bandish or song-text is an important component of musical making of North Indian (Hindustani) classical music. To create a bandish, one has to have sound knowledge about –swar, lay, raag, taal, form, interest in literature affinity towards words, ability to create novelty in the context of tradition, independent style, etc., In addition, other things – theme and placement of the words in the song-text cording to the name and time of the raag, complementary themes in the vilambit and drut compositions in the same raag make the musical and emotional content of the raag more appealing.
Dr. Prabha Atre,s, bandish reflect all the above mentioned aspects of a good bandish. It is rare to find a woman performer who has composed bandishs of different genres, representative of changing times. It is even rare to find an artiste writing on contemporary music performance from different perspectives.
In this books, there are 164 compositions in 42 raags, which include forms like khyaal, taraanaa and chaturang in morning, afternoon and evening raags. The book also contains 7 self-created raags like ‘Tilang Bhairav’’ ‘Kaushik Bhairav’, Ravi BHairav’, Kalaaheer’, ‘Shivakali’, Shivaani’ and ‘Bheemavanti’ along with their illustrative aalaap and taan.,
The notation and the accompanying illustrative audio recording of the bandishs will help music loves and students to enjoy better.
Internationally renowned Hindustani claasical vocalist Dr. Prabha Atre is perhaps the only performer who has also excelled as a brilliant thinker, academician, author, researcher, reformer and guru. She is the senior most, front ranking vocalist representing the Kirana gharaanaa, today. A Science and Law graduate, she also holds a Doctorate in Music.
Dr. Atre, a former Professor and Head of the Department of Music, SNDT Women’s University, Mumbai, has been teaching traditional guru-shishya style from than 45 years. She is an acclaimed guru in India and abroad, both in performance and research.
A ‘Top’ grade artiste of the All India radio and Doordarshan, Dr. Atre has been giving concerts for nearly 6 decades. She has displayed constant innovation and creative endeavour which has distinguished her from other vocalists, both in the classical and light classical idioms. With her keen aesthetic sense, brilliant thinking and deep critical approach, Dr. Atre has given insight, meaning and approach to established raags which have become the norms for their presentation.
Dr. Atre has authored several academic books on the various aspects that are especially relevant to the present day performance. Her Doctoral thesis on ‘Sargam’ or the use of sol-fa names as musical material and her books ‘Swaramyee’, ‘Suswaraalee’, ‘Swaraanginee’, ‘Swaranjanee’, ‘Swarangee’, ‘antahswar’, ‘Enlightening the Listener’ and ‘along the Fath of Music’, bear testimony to her various accomplishments.
In recognition of Dr. Atre’s contributions to Indian art music, she has been bestowed with the National honours – ‘Padmashree’, Padmabhushan’ from the Government of India; ‘Tagore Akademi Fellow’, ‘Sangeet Natak Akademi Award’ from the sangeet Natak Akademi; amongst many others.
Dr. Prabha Atre’s bandishs are the hall mark of aesthetical precision and emotional appeal. These bandish depict beautiful blend of tradition, novelty and contemporary trends in music. Nearly 550 compositions in various forms like khyaal, taraanaa, thumri, daadraa, bhaktigeet, ghazal, etc. have been included in the 3 books of her compositions.
Looking at the changing trends in music, there s a great need for new bandishs. I am sure, the music world will accept ‘Swararangee’ with warmth and open mind.
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