Dhanashree holds a Masters Degree in Indian Classical music from Mumbai University and has established a prominent place on the classical music...
How can one enjoy Hindustani classical music? Does it require years of exposure and knowledge? Or are there entry points from our every day experiences that might help us?
Classical music in India is often wrapped in a mystique that keeps the uninitiated away. While some would argue that the music itself is highly complex and requires knowledge to enjoy, there are a number of people who would argue that the music can be enjoyed by everyone. They would say that all that people need is an entry point, a way to get beyond the cultural mystique and step into the enormously enriching experience of classical music.
We are delighted to invite Dhanashree Pandit-Rai - acclaimed Thumri singer - to Mumbai Local. Dhanashree is one of those who believes strongly that classical music is for all, and in addition to being a wonderful singer, she strives to open up this world for everyone. In this Mumbai Local, she will take us on a journey through raags, showing us how they work, the ways they take from and connect to our lived experience of the world, and how they might, in fact, actually be all around us - we only need to know how to recognise them.
Look forward to an evening of music and magic, where the world of classical music opens out for us in ways we have perhaps not imagined.
And as always, a request - please send this email on to at least 5 of your friends who would be interested. Help us spread the joy!
@ MCubed Library, Bandra (W) - 1st Sat, 5 pm
@ Dr Bhau Daji Lad Museum, Byculla (E) - 2nd Sun, 5 pm
@ Kitab Khana, Fort - 3rd Fri, 5:30 pm
Dhanashree holds a Masters Degree in Indian Classical music from Mumbai University and has established a prominent place on the classical music stage, her speciality being the "Thumri" or semi-classical genre of music. She is committed to giving thumri its rightful place on the concert stage. She has been a Disciple of Pandit Firoz Dastur, stalwart of the Kirana Gharana and Shobha Gurtu the renowned Thumri legend.
Besides concerts in India and abroad, Dhanashree has been conducting lecture demonstrations and workshops on the Appreciation of Hindustani music and has also designed several modules and thematic concerts on various aspects of Indian Classical and semi classical music. Her talk at the TEDx conference in 2010 on "The essence of Indian music"was widely acclaimed. She has also collaborated with world renowned Jazz artistes on crossovers and fusion music and recorded several albums with them.
Dhanashree was awarded the "Pillars of Hindustani Society" award for 2007-2008 by the Trans Asian Chamber of Commerce and Industry, as also the "Women Achievers Award" by the Indo American Society, Mumbai (March 2017) for her outstanding contribution to Vocal Hindustani Classical Music.