Thoughts on Music


On my one-line Facebook post “a good teacher protects his pupils from his own influence “, my disciple Chandrika Kamat commented “to incorporate and then transcend will require years of tutelage,Guruji”. This set me thinking about what stage and how a pupil begins to “transcend” his Guru’s tutelage. Every artist,at some stage or the other, needs to establish his own identity within the framework of his gharana and sing like himself. This, I should think, has to happen after the student has incorporated and imbibed the Guru’s taleem in......

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September 06, 2017

A Raga should not mean but just be

Generally, when I sing an aprachalit raga, people ask me what are the constituent elements (in terms of ragas or angs involved) in it because they cannot understand it. You don’t have to understand a...


November 05, 2016

Passion Without Riyaz is no Passion for Music

Some say they have great passion for Music. They may either have passion for listening to music or for doing it religiously as though their being depended on pursuing music. I would like to say...


November 05, 2016

Audacious statements about Great Musicians

The other day I was stunned by a statement made about my father-guru by some irresponsible people who are trying to make a name for themselves as representatives of his /Jaipur Atrauli gharana Gayaki. These...


November 02, 2016

How Does Flow Happen In Your Music ?

A performing musician friend of mine ( plays violin ) asked me what is flow in music and whence and how it comes. He is an admirer of my father-guru’s music and M S Gopalkrishnan’s...


October 25, 2016

What does a great Guru impart to a deserving Sishya?

Apart from giving the knowledge of a system, technique and ragas, most importantly a great guru shares a certain “Drishti” (sight, incite or vision) with his deserving sishya who is willing to perceive and accept...


August 26, 2016

Guru Shishya Sambandha in Music

True guru-shishya relation is a fore-ordained binding between the two and it follows from some former lives and continues in after- lives. This is my belief and conviction. The mystique of this relationship cannot be...


July 17, 2016

Gharanas in Hindustani Music – a lament

The importance of gharana in furthering the cause of Hindustani music should not be forgotten in the modern days when very few popular /young musicians stick to the tenets of their gharanas,if they have one....


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