“Ananda Dhwani literally means Happy Melody! Happiness and Peace through music is what Ananda Dhwani symbolizes. The seeds of Ananda Dhwani were sown by renowned Sitarist, Late Pandit Deepak Chaudhury and it is being nurtured by his student Sangeet Ratna Shree Prabir Bhattacharya, along with others.You could be a professional or an amateur, a student, a teacher or an audience, but if its music which makes you smile, you are part of the world of Ananda Dhawni. “
The students of Pandit Prabir Bhattacharya warmly invite you all to come and enjoy the Ananda Dhwani Student Baithak today Sunday February 9th 2020 , at 4:30 pm.
Venue is the Ramadhama Meditation Centre, Behind Svastha Hospital, Forum Neighbourhood Mall Road, Whitefield, Bangalore
The students of Pandit Prabir Bhattacharya warmly invite you all to come and enjoy the Ananda Dhwani Student Baithak tomorrow-Sunday February 9th 2020 , at 4:30 pm.
Venue is the Ramadhama Meditation Centre, Behind Svastha Hospital, Forum Neighbourhood Mall Road, Whitefield, Bangalore
A BRIEF INTRODUCTION TO RAAGS WHICH WILL BE PRESENTED BY THE STUDENTS AT THE ANANDA DHWANI STUDENT BAITHAK ON SUNDAY FEBRUARY 9th 2020.
Assigned to the Khamaj Thaat, Raag Jaijaivanti is considered to be a “Paramel Praveshak Raag “, i.e a raga that has the characteristics of a particular mela or thaat and which has additional notes that enable it to be categorized under another mela or thaat.
Jaijaivanti has both Suddh Ga and Komal Ga. It has Suddh Ni and Komal Ni usage as well. If more stress or focus is put on the Suddh Ga and Ni notes, the raga shows the characteristics of the Khamaj thaat. Whereas if more focus is applied on the Komal Ga and Komal Ni notes in the same raga , the characteristics of the Kafi Thaat are highlighted. It has the characteristics of both the Khamaj and Kafi thaat and hence called “Paramel Praveshak Raga”.
Re ga(komal) re sa, re ga(shuddh), ma pa dha pa, ni sa
Sa ni(komal) dha pa, dha ma ga re, re ga(komal) re sa
re ga komal re sa,(mandra saptak) ni shuddha sa dha ni re
Vadi : Re ( Poorvang Vadi)
Samvadi : Pa
The time to sing this raag is in the evening (6-9 pm) and it is a Raag of the monsoon season.
Bihag is usually assigned to the Bilaval thaat, but if Teevra Madhyam is given more importance, Bihag seems to be more akin to the Kalyan Thaat
Related ragas: Maru Bihag, Bihagra.
The origin can be traced back to pure classical Raags prevalent in the 16th century, and in many folk songs in the Vaishnava period (14th-18th century). It is used in many songs of Tagore and in various Bengali and north Indian compositions
Arohana and Avarohana
Ni Sa Ga ma Pa Ni Sa
Sa’ Ni (Dha) Pa Ma Pa Ga ma Ga Re Sa
Vadi and Samavadi
The Vadi note is Ga.
The Samavadi note is Ni.
Pakad or Chalan
Bihag uses both shuddha Ma (ma) and teevra Ma (Ma).
It has the pakad Pa Ma Pa Ga ma Ga.
Both R and D are never used in ascent, but always on the way down.
Pa Ni Dha Pa Ma Pa Ga ma Ga Re Sa
Ni Sa Ni Dha Pa Ma Pa Ga ma Ga Re Sa
Bihag is played in the second quarter of night. The mood of the raga is celebratory as well as romantic, making it a common raga sung especially on occasions of marriage.
It a Kafi thaat raag. It was created by Hzt Amir Khusrau.
Aaro Han & Avarohana
Arohana: Ṇ S M ❟ P G̱ M Ṉ D N
Avarohana: Ṡ Ṉ P ❟ M P G̱ M R
Vadi & Samvaadi
Jati: Shadav – Sampurna
Pakad or Chalan
The bare scale of this raga has little unique musical meaning, and is, therefore, required to be documented in a manner that incorporates its zigzag phrasing pattern.
R N. S M/ M M P g M / n P M P g M/ P g M n D n P/ g M n D N S’ [or] g M D – N S’/ g’ M’ R’ S’/ R’ N S’ D n P/ n n P M P g M/ P g M R S
Organization & Relationships
Certain ragas have seasonal associations. Raag Bahar is associated with Spring
Raag Brindavani Sarang
It is a Kafi thaat raag. It was created by Swami Haridas. It is one of the famous Raags for the Sarang raagang, it is a popular raag of this family, together with Shuddha Sarang, and Madhyamad Sarang.
The notes Ga and Dha are not used in this Raag
This raga evokes the sringara rasa – romantic love.
Arohana & Avarohana
Arohana: ni Sa Re Ma Pa Ni Sa
Avarohana: Sa ni(komal) Pa Ma Re Sa.
Ni swara is Shuddha in Arohana and Komal in Avarohana.
Vadi & Samavadi
The Raag is assigned to Kalyan Thaat.
Kedar is one of the 5 Raags that form the Kalyan Panchak – Group of 5 similar raags of Kalyan Thaat, namely Hameer, Gaud Sarang, Kamod, Chhayanat and Kedar.
The raag is of shaadav -sampurna nature.The raag uses only natural (shuddha) versions of the Second (R), Third (G) and Sixth (D), both versions of the Fourth (m and M, respectively “( m- teevra, M- shuddh)” and predominantly natural versions of the Seventh (N) but occasionally also its flat (komal) version (n).
Arohana: S M, M’P D M , N D S`
Avarohana: S’ N D P, m P D P M~ , S R S
Pakad: S M, M P, m P m P, D P M, R S
The notes of the raag is s r g m(m is tivar)p d n s.
The raag is to be sung in the night. It is sung in the first prahar of night. Most Raags with teevra ma(M) are sung at night (as per the time theory of Raags)
Raag Gaud Sarang
The raag is assigned to the Kalyan Thaat
It is a sampoorna Raag that combines characteristics of Sarang and the now extinct raga named Gaud.
It has similar characteristics as Kedar and Chayyanat
S G R M G P M̄ D P Ṡ N Ṙ Ṡ
S G R M G P M̄ D P N D Ṡ
Ṡ N D P M̄ P M G ❟ R G R M G P R S
Ṡ D N P D M̄ P G M R P R M R P R S
The raag is to be sung in the early afternoon (12-3pm)
MEET THE PERFORMERS AT ANANDA DHWANI STUDENT BAITHAK ON 9th FEBRUARY 2020
Namita Sahu has completed her Prabesika Pratham from Akhil Bhartiya Gandharava Mahavidyalaya Mandal, Mumbai
She is continuing her training in Hindustani vocal with Guru Pandit Prabir Bhattacharya, after relocating to Bangalore
“How much I desire, there is always something more I can still take in. And the source of it cannot be this body and stuffs related to it when it is fated to rot and decay “
“I am not and just cannot be the dying crap that I call body”.
“It must be true; we get it all only when we lose it all!”
“Among many of the means, music is merely an attempt to go beyond this limited and little Self; that sounds apparently far-fetched but isn’t it better to die trying to realize the harsh Truth than settle down with the sweet Lie that we know as Life’
According to Birobrata he chose instrumental for one reason…..”Nature gets its turn to express only when we stop the talk”.
“As in the case where the unheard holds potential to sound louder; alike it is for the inexpressible and the unseen”.
Birobrata is training in the Sitar with Pandit Prabir Bhattacharya
Jaideep Dass is working with GE, Bangalore, in the marketing division, after completing his MBA from the Sri Sathya Sai Institute of Higher Learning.
Musically he has been fortunate to be born into a very encouraging family and has been accepted as a student by some wonderful teachers. His Gurus, have all been sources of inspiration, not only in music, but also as good humans.
He feels fortunate and blessed to learn Hindustani classical violin from Sri Biswajit Roychowdhury and Sri Prabir Bhattacharya, both from Mahiyar gharana. He is now training in Carnatic violin from Sri H K Venkatram.
He says “Music to me is not a hobby, but a discipline in education. I see it as an imperative in my life. I pray to God and seek my teachers’ blessings that I continue to learn and perform throughout my life”.
Dipayan currently working as a Manager at Capgemini, has over eleven years of experience in the Investment Banking and Automobile domain.
Growing up in West Bengal, Dipayan started his stage performances at the tender age of 4 with ‘abritti’ – poetry recitation in Bengali. Subsequently he started enjoying singing. He would simply listen to Shri Hemanta Mukherjee and Shri Manna Dey songs and by age 10 could sing them of his own. From age 14 he started his formal training in both Rabindra Sangeet from Shri Bipu Banerjee and Classical from Shri Kanchan Chakraborty.
Due to engineering studies and career his musical training had to be discontinued, but his love for singing didn’t stop him from singing! He is thankful to have restarted his training with Sangeet Ratna Prabir Bhattacharya after relocating to Bangalore 3 years back.
“Its hard to describe what it means, but in short – Music the lifeline for me. Its another world inside me which I nurture with selfless love – a selfless companion of all time. A day without music feels like Fish without water ”
Shri Nilanjan Dutta is a a disciple of Tabla Maestro Pandit Ravindra Yavagal.
To him music is a good for soul and a way to express his creative feelings.
Poorvi.S. is a Grade 5 student at Sharadha Vidya Mandir, Bangalore. Her hobbies are listening music and painting .
She has been learning Hindustani Vocal Music from the age of 5 from Sangeet Ratna Prabir Bhattacharya.
Master Aarush Karmakar is 7 yrs old, studying in 2 nd STD. He started learning Hindustani Vocal at the age
of 4 yrs. He has cleared ‘Purna’ in Hindustani vocal and ‘Adya’ in Rabindra Sangeet in 2019 from Bangiya
Aarush aspires to acquire good knowledge of classical music and continue learning the nuances. At
present he is continuing his musical journey under the able guidance of Pt. Prabir Bhattacharya.
As per Aarush, music is a way to express him in a unique way. Music also lets him connect to the world
and make his interactions with people melodious. He firmly believes that a bond over music is a bond
like no other.
Avani Bapat is an MBA in communication management and is working with Clay Design Strategy – a branding agency since the last 3 years. She has a passion for brands and building strategy and design.
Music for her is a way to get herself back on track, find balance, peace and harmony in life. Being from a family of music lovers and luckily married into one, music has always been an important part of her life.
She was initiated into Sitar classes by her mother when she was a child, but discontinued her training for various reasons.
She resumed training in Sitar in Mumbai from Mr. Chandrasekhar Phanse ji and after relocating to Bangalore with Prabir Guruji.
For Mrinal Das, Music is probably the only creation of human kind which barely has any negative side effect. It helps to bypass all religions and connects one to the almighty. Like photons gives power to electrons and helps it to go to the next energy level, music does same with the human soul. Good music is like those photons which helps the human soul to evolve to newer heights.
Mrinal was drawn to music since childhood .
The Uttarpara Sangeet Chakra exposed him to the beauty of classical music as he watched and heard maestros perform live.
Music was with him all through his academic and career pursuits at various Engineering colleges(JU,IIT) and companies like Reliance-Nokia-Ericsson-Intel-
He dabbled with the Spanish Guitar and ,Hawain Guitar while he continuously gathered a lot of unanswered questions about Classical music .
Finally after spending one and half decades in the IT profession, he started getting answers to all his unanswered questions when he chose to learn the Sitar under Pt. Prabir Bhattacharya ( Prabir Da to him)
The decision to learn Sitar to him was one of his greatest achievements. He wishes to thank Indranil Biswas( Bubun Da) for helping him find this connect.
Over the last two years his trips to his Sitar lessons every Sunday is like going to a temple.
His Passion for Music got the much awaited thrust and he hopes to keep playing and practicing music for rest of his life.
Debarati has been a teaching professional for the past decade and a half.
During her growing up years in the IIT Campus in Kharagpur, West Bengal, she was exposed to Hindustani classical music and the works of Rabindranath Tagore.
However it wasn’t until 2009 when she took some time out of her professional and domestic responsibilities to pursue playing the sitar.
Her first guru from 2008 to 2017 was Ustaad Hafeez Bale Khan of the Dharwad Gharana. Subsequently she trained under sitarist Nikhil Patwardhan and now continues to follow her passion under the guidance of Sangeet Ratna Pandit Prabir Bhattacharya.
The sitar to Debarati is not just an instrument, but a channel of expression of a multitude of emotions circling love,dismay,anger,patience and joy to name a few.
It has helped her translate her journey through life into a complex yet beautiful portrait.
Dr. Seemanthini Desai is a medical doctor with speciality in infectious diseases, CEO, Dr Desai’s Micro Lab and YS Desai Specialty Health care and Co-founder of AkerBio.
Along with studies she always dabbled in music , dance and fine arts since childhood. She is trained in playing Carnatic music (Veena) and learnt Bharatanatyam under Smt Usha Dattar. She also is a self taught artist and has several paintings to her credit.
After a break of few years where she focused on her academics and career she restarted her music training.
She has been training in Hindustani vocal with Sangeet Ratna Pandit Prabir Bhattacharya since 2006, and has successfully completed the 7th year exam. She recently started learning the sitar as well from him.
On asking her what music meant to her – she promptly replied “Music is one of the vital organs of my body!”
Syona, 9 years old, is very fond of nature and love to capture the beauty of nature through her paintings. She also have keen interest in books related to science and science experiments.
Music is like sunshine to her, an effortless, soulful beauty of life.
Prajna Bhattacharya, is a Grade 6 student of Lake Montfort School. She has had a passion for music from a young age being born into a family of musicians.
She has formally started training in Hindustani vocal over the last two years under the able guidance of her father and Guru, Sangeet Ratna Pandit Prabir Bhattacharya.
Music is in her Soul and is like Sunshine to her.
Bhavani Ram is currently working in Euroschool Whitefield as a teacher of drama. She previously worked for Helen O Grady international speech and Drama academy for two years before joining the institution she is currently working in . She loves to teach English and feels that the best way of improving communication skills is the through the medium of Drama.
Music has always been her passion and she started learning music from the age of 3.
Music for her has been a beautiful journey and she learnt it from various Guru’s, to name a few
Shri Manohar Kulkarni, Shri TV Gopalakrishnan the mridangam maestro, Shri kedar karat.
Currently she is learning music under the guidance of Shri Prabir Bhattacharya and for her music is the path to music a soulful journey.
Riya is currently working as senior consultant in Oracle, Bangalore. She has seven years of experience in the IT and development industry . She holds a MBA degree from Jadavpur University, Kolkata, as well as a B.Tech in Computer Science.
She started her training in Hindustani vocal at the age of 10. However her training got discontinued for a few years as she needed to focus on her academics and career.
She is happy to have restarted her training in Hindustani Vocal with Sangeet Ratna Pandit Prabir Bhattacharya.
Music means a lot to her. For her it is a way to express and release her emotions. She enjoys music that is on top of the fun beats. Music undoubtedly gives her extreme happiness.
Riddhi Pratim Ghatak, 34, has a Masters degree in Statistics from the Indian Statistical Institute. Born and brought up in Howrah/ Kolkata, he recently relocated to Bangalore, as a senior data scientist in Lbrands. He currently lives with his wife in Bangalore.
He initiated his training in Hindustani vocal with Pandit Koushik Bhattacharya of Kirana gharana at the age of 16. After the initial five years of training, music took a hiatus for several years for Riddhi, as he focussed on his education and career as a statistician.
He is delighted to have restarted his musical journey recently with Sangeet Ratna Pandit Prabir Bhattacharya.
Riddhima Mondal is a grade 3 student in
Lake Monftfort school , Bangalore.
She recently started her training in Hindustani Vocals from Pandit Prabir Bhattacharya.
She love the beats of music. Music makes her happy.
Mandira Mukherjee is currently working as a teacher in SRI CHAITANYA TECHNO SCHOOL.
She started her Musical journey in Indian classical music( Hindustani Sangeet)from the age of 7 and completed 4th year certification successfully. Subsequently she explored other genres of music ,specially Rabindra Sangeet .
In 2019 she resumed her musical journey under the Guidance and Tutelage of Pandit Prabir Bhattacharya.
Music is my best friend who always stays with me in my loneliness as well as my happiness and never leaves me alone . Music is part of my existence . It brings Solace to my Soul .
WHEN WORDS STOP …. MUSIC SPEAKS…..always for Me.
Phalgunn is a creative professional having worked in digital media, corporate communications, and creative content development.
Born to a family filled with media professionals, he was introduced to audio/video production at a very early age. Today, he produces music for short films, advertisements, and documentaries, and has 7 singles to his credit. Intrigued by audio technology, Phalgunn has started
audiosootra.com, a blog targeting the niche market.
To Phalgunn, music is the most basic element that drives him to do more in life.
Ameya is studying in grade 5 at TISB.
He started learning music with Ms Sonali Biswas of the Banaras gharana, at Singapore. After relocating to Bangalore he continued his musical training with Pandit Prabir Bhattacharya ji. Along with singing he enjoys playing badminton and solving Rubik’s cubes.
For Ameya music is a way to express his feelings . He feels it also helps him calm down. As music is mathematical, it helps increase memory and focus.
Aditya has trained in Hindustani classical music for the past 8 years at Singapore Indian Fine Arts Society (SIFAS). Previously in Singapore, as a disciple of Ms. Sonali Sinha Biswas from the Banaras Gharana, where he completed year 5 exam and recieved a certificate from the University of Madras.
Currently, he is training under Pt. Prabir Bhattacharya, and is preparing to appear for the Year 6 exam in June 2020
Apart from Hindustani Vocals, he plays Badminton, enjoys DIY projects, and advocacy for sustainability.
He believes music is the language of the soul. The raw energy, passion, and emotion conveyed through music is just a testament to the art’s significance. Furthermore, from his personal experience, he feels music in the form of vocals allows oneself to exist in tune with their soul.
Shampa describes herself as a music evangelist……
She has been Devoted to music over the last 35 years.
Have perused M .Muse from Chandigarh.
Fond of Tagore’s songs and continuing my learning journey in Hindustani classical.
Love to play Guitar and keyboard with contemporary harmonium.
Music for me is the moon light in the gloomy night of life
For 6 year old Atasi music is a way of making her happy
Music is present almost everywhere.
But what is Music?
The Music is the art of combining vocal or instrumental sounds, for beauty of form or emotional expression, in accordance to certain standards of rhythm, melody, and harmony.
Apala is currently working as global cybersecurity manager for Process Industries in ABB and is responsible for the technical cyber security portfolio and for compliance with the ABB standards on cybersecurity for the global Business Line Process Industries.
She has around 12 years of experience in research, development and deployment of industrial communication networks and cyber security. Apala holds a PhD degree in Security for Industrial Communication Networks from Mälardalen University, Sweden (2017) and received her M.Tech in Information Technology specialized in Networking and Communication (2008) from International Institute of Information Technology, Bangalore, India.
Apala started to learn Sitar in Maihar Gharana style along with her school studies at the age of 11 from Shri Bibekranjan Sinha and continued to learn for 4 years. The learning was discontinued for a long time till she started her work and completed her PhD studies. She resumed Sitar learning in 2017 under sitarist Nikhil Patwardhan and is continuing to learn now from Pandit Prabir Bhattacharya.
Music to her is just not only a constructive way to spend free time, it also provides calmness and peacefulness in her day-to-day regular activities.
Aliya Maity who studies in grade V of a CBSE school, is passionate about music and swimming. She has been learning music for the past one and half years under the able guidance of Guru Prabir Bhattacharya. She is also learning Katthak for the past 3 years.
Music to her means a mode of relaxation and recreation
Aditya Sunder has been learning to play the tabla for the past 7 years from his Guru Shri Rahul Pophali. He plays the tabla for his own enjoyment. He likes the sounds, rythms and modulations.
Priyabrata Goswami relocated from West Bengal to Bangalore 15 years ago.He has been learning to play the tabla from the age of 6 from Sri Dilip Mukherjee, Rabindra Bharati University, Kolkata.Currently working as a trainer in a music school in Bangalore
May Ma Saraswati Bless us all with peace and wisdom
Congratulations to Sangeet Pratibha 2018 Hindustani vocal winner, Ankini Karmakar
This composition by Tagore normally sung on his birthday anniversary is apt for any new beginning. The meaning of the lyrics is shared below. Enjoy the instrumental version.
Team Anandadhwani takes this opportunity to wish all friends and well wishers a Happy 2020. May it be melodious and filled with joy
Hey new dawn,
On the auspicious moment of birth reveal again.May you blazon as mist you adjourn-
Like the Sun
Piercing breast of maze reveal yourself yet again.May the joys of life reveal again.
May upon you the infinite eternal daze unveil once againConch shells resound on eastern horizon, and so in my heart
Resounds the eternal dawn.
On the day of my revelation.
Ustad Rashid Khan , belongs to the Rampur-Sahaswan Gharana, and is the great-grandson of Gharana founder, Ustad Inayat Hussain Khan. The Rampur-Sahaswan gayaki (style of singing) is closely related to the Gwalior Gharana, which features medium-slow tempos, a full-throated voice and intricate rhythmic play.
Whitefield Music Festival Concert 3:
Sarod Recital by Pandit Rajeev Taranath( Padma Shri) with Pandit Nayan Ghosh on the Tabla
Saturday, 16th November 2019 at 7 pm
The Sarod is a stringed instrument, used mainly in Hindustani music
The word sarod roughly translates to “beautiful sound” or “melody” in Persian. Lalmani Misra opines in his Bharatiya Sangeet Vadya that the sarod is a combination of the ancient chitravina, the medieval rubab and modern sursingar.
The conventional sarod is a 17 to 25-stringed lute-like instrument.The strings are plucked with a triangular plectrum(java). The lack of frets and the tension of the strings make the sarod a very demanding instrument to play.
Whitefield Music Festival 2019 : Concert 4
Sitar Recital by Pandit Prabir Bhattacharya with Tabla maestro Pandit Kumar Bose
Sunday November 17th , 5 pm
The Sitar is a plucked stringed instrument, originating from the Indian subcontinent, used in Hindustani classical music. The instrument flourished under the Mughals, and it is named after a Persian instrument called the setar(meaning three strings). In appearance, the sitar is similar to the tanpura, except that it has frets.
Our Inspiration: Sitar Maestro Late Pandit Deepak Choudhury
Ananda Dhwani Music Trust’s inspiration, Late Pandit Deepak Choudhury, was one of the foremost disciples of the much revered genius, Pandit Ravi Shankar.
Deepakji was considered to be one of the doyens of the Maihar Gharana, in his generation of musicians. Besides performing in concerts the world over, he was a faculty in the Department of Instrumental Music, Rabindra Bharati University, Kolkata, till his demise.
The name ‘Ananda Dhwani’ originates from the Raga Anandhwani, composed by Deepakji. The Raga is a blend of the Carnatic Raga, Hamsadhwani and the Hindustani Raga, Anandi Kalyan.
Through Ananda Dhwani, the legend of Deepakji will be carried forward by his students and grand students, led by his foremost student, Sangeet Ratna Shri Prabir Bhattacharya.
Our Heartfelt Pranams to Pandit Deepak Choudhuryji for his inspiration.