Tag: Gharana


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 it with gratitude. My father-guru would always say, “I am beholden to my gurus for giving or showing me a drishti in music, so that I am able to interpret a raga in its true colours as far as I understand. They had such Drishti that the entire raga presented itself in all its......

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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...


September 19, 2015

Aching for Gouri…

What happens when one has a great musician for a father and teacher? One, no doubt, walks in the footsteps of the grand tradition, but also learns to go beyond. Rajshekhar Mansur, son of the...


September 11, 2015

Flow in Music

Flow in music is that which comes out naturally and automatically without your having to think about the moves and turns. It happens when you are bone-marrow drenched in the raga, when you have totally...


September 11, 2015

The Jaipur-Atrauli gharana

“Gharanas were systems of singing, constructed by great thought and deliberation behind them. It was not that a master sang and it automatically became a gharana” – Pt. Mallikarjun Mansur THR JAIPUR ATRAULI GHARANA –...


September 11, 2015

Gharana in Hindustani Music

The concept, practice and continuation of gharana singing in the not too distant past was a very distinct reality to practicing and performing Hindustani musicians. It was as real as the air one breathes. The...


September 11, 2015

Aakaar and Laya in Jaipur Atrauli Gayaki

I would like to dwell here on some aspects of our Gharana Gayaki, as I understand it. I do not wish to cross swords with either practicing musicians of our gharana or music critics in...