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Sangeet Dhwani concert on Pooriya Dhanashree, Puriya Kalyan, Sohoni & Marva

Sangeet Dhwani Concert on Group Ragas- a Trailblazer!

Milpitas; January 3, 2016.  The Bay Area music lovers were enthralled to listen to a galaxy of Vocalists and Musicians who  performed  on four popular Hindustani Classical Raags- Pooriya Dhanashree, Puriya Kalyan, Sohoni and Marva, which will  herald a New Year of  MusicalExtravaganza.  

Two important music icons-  Violin Maestro Satish Gadagkar and Ustad Surinder Mann, a Tabla and Sitar Maestro,  who werepresent at the Concert adjudged the Concert as well conceived, planned and well executed.

At the outset, a popular Hindustani Vocalist Ms. Madhuvanti Bhide who has experience of classical music over 20 years having been trained by Dr.Alka Deo Marulkar, a legend in the classical music and a Musicologist, had chosen to perform Raag Marwa and gave the special features of the Raaga and sang a Bandish as well as a Bhajan based on Puriya Kalyan. While explaining the nuances of the Raag Marwa, she pointed that this raag comes under “Thaat Marwa. It is  a sunset raag, and therefore chosen,  in the evening. It has “Komal Re” and Teevra Ma. There is No Pa, in this raag.  Vadi- Komal Re and Samvadi is “shuddha dha”. Madhuvanti sang  a bandish  "Laagi Lagan Guru Paayi, Sakal jagat bisarayi", in Taal Ektaal, with slow “alaps and bol tans” After performing this piece,  she presented a melodious Meera Bhajan, composed by her guru Dr. Marulkar -"Guru Bina

Kaun Lagave Paar, Naav Padee Majhdhaar, teri".  This Bhajan was based on “ Puriya kalyan, with Marva combination. Madhuvanti was accompanied by Preeti Pisolkar on the harmonium, Shripad Torvi on the tabla, and Vocal accompaniment by her student Sangeeta Koilada.

Ms. Sandhya Shankar, an accomplished Vocalist both in Carnatic as well as Hindustani classical, who has been teaching music in the bay areea over the last fifteen years was the next Vocalist. She has been a senior student of  Pandit Lakshmi Ganesh Tewari, Emeritus Professor of Music, Sonoma State University Santa Rosa, California.  Sandhya  introducing  the Raag Puriya Dhanashree  succinctly explained its distinct characteristics.

She  mentioned that this Raga belongs to “Purvi Thaat” and is a Sampoorna raga, having all the seven notes. It can admit both simple and vakra chalan in its presentation. It is characterized as   “Sandhiprakash Raga” sung at the time of dusk. This raga is equivalent to Carnatic Raag “Panthuvarali, 51st Melakartha raga.  Further, related closely to this Raga with considerable different melodic structure, is “Raga Shree” of which she presented  a dhrut  Bandish , with her  mellifluous voice. She was accompanied by Shripad Torvi and Preeti Pisolkar on Harmonium.

Ms. Swasti Pandey who was the next Vocalist  presented for a variety, another theme Raag “Sohoni”  which belongs to Marwa thaat (root raga family). Its characteristics were that the “Re and Pa Swaras (notes) excluded”  in the ascent (aaroh) whereas only the “Pa” note is excluded in the  descent (avaroh). The Re note is soft (komal) and Ma note is sharp (teevra). Prominent notes of the raga are Dha and Ga. This raga is best suited for pre-dawn time between 3 AM to 6 AM.

The mood of the raga is melancholic but, yet it has a joyous intensity. Swasti gave a delightful jugalbandi performance, with a couple of Jhaptal Bandish and Devotional songs in which her advanced student Ashwini Guruprasad also joined.  Swasti  sang using Harmonium as her accompaniment.

In the musical segment, Sangeet Dhwani had chosen a proficient Flute Maestro, Shri. Priyank Desai who has received his earlier training from his Guru Shri. Hemendra Dixit –Disciple of Pt. Pannalal Ghosh.  He has also flair for Hindustani classical music and learns it as he felt that it helped in embellishing  his performance on Flute.  Priyank has been performing in Radio in India and US and also has  played Bansuri Scores and sound track for movies like Flavors.  Priyank’s performance on Puriya Kalyan was  lauded as splendid and spell binding,   He was ably accompanied by a skilled young musician Ajay Sunder Rajan on Tabla.

Movie songs segment; Sangeet Dhwani’s Zankaar series include Movie Songs governed by one of the Raags chosen as theme raags for the particular concert.  In order to delight those members of the audience, (who do not have scientific  knowledge of Classical Raags), each such concert includes a few novie songs associated with the theme raags and selects award winning artists to present them. Needless to say here that the Music composers and Directors of the Golden Era Movies (1940s-1980) harnessed the Classical Raags in order to achieve perfect melody in the songs

One of the most appropriate song suited for this concert, was “ Kuhu Kuhu Bole Koyaliya” which was composed by the famous Music Director  P.Adi Narayan Rao, in the Movie “Swarna Sundari “. This song was based on four raags-Sohoni, Bahar, Jaunpuri and Yaman, The song was melodiously presented by two lady singers –Sangeeta Heble ( Shenoy) and Sandhya Gayathri,  as Jugalbandi,which mesmerized the audience.

Another song “Jhumati Chali Hawa” associated with Raag Sohoni –(sung for the film “Tansen”  by the legend Mukesh ) was renditioned  by Shri. Pramod Korwar,  on Karaoke tracks.  As the grand finale of the event, Smitha Maiti sang melodiously  Asha Bhosale’s song “Jeevan Jyot Chale” from the film Grahasti, without the support of any music tracks or live music, which the audience enjoyed fully.

The Event was emceed by Jagruti Shah who anchors on 1130 Am Radio, with her entertaining tit bits  as to the origin of the song, its lyricist, music director or the  playback singer. The sound was  efficiently managed by Dilip Shah and program coordination was handled by Nishikant Shirpurkar.

The event concluded with a Vote of thanks by the Sangeet Dhwani President, Pradeep Joshi.


“ Sangeet Ankur” showcases the talent of youth and kids, Sept 05, 2015

“ Sangeet Ankur” showcases the talent of youth and kids
September 5:   Sangeet Ankur ( Music of Sprouts) a Chapter dedicated by Sangeet Dhwani, held an

exciting Musical and Dance performance event at the Milpitas Library Auditorium, which was attended by

180 members in the audience.  Ms.Smita Kulkarni, Program Coordinator of Sangeet Dhwani while

welcoming the audience, briefly explained the main goal behind  organizing Sangeet Ankur, with a view to

encouraging  and inspiring  budding youth and kids to get involved in mastering the Hindustani Classical

Raags which India inherited from Vedic times, 5 centuries BC. She pointed that this event was 12th in its

series.  While giving a brief profile of Sangeet Dhwani, agency that was initiated in the year 2000, she

mentioned that it  holds two such musical concerts in a year. She highlighted that youth were the torch

bearers of our traditional music to take forward our ancient culture. Sangeet Dhwani’s accomplishments

were 150 quality concerts receiving rave reviews from ethnic media, in the last 15 years.

For this event, Sangeet Dhwani had invited six  music agencies operating in the San Francisco Bay Area

engaged  in training kids and youth aged 7 -16 years,  in Hindustani Classical Raagas, based on scientific

rules needing full dedication and rigorous practice. These schools had deputed  their advanced 35  kids

and youth,  who with their brilliant  performance,  enthralled the audience.  As the Dance Art form is an

integral part of Indian classical music, Ms.Supriya Puranik,  a popular Dance teacher of Bay Area, had

deputed her six youth students  who  performed a spectacular Bharat Natyam Dance on the theme based

on God Ramchandra and Lord Sri.Krishna  which was so relevant to  “Janmashtami” being  celebrated by

members of  the Hindu community.

The audience present at this spectacular musical extravaganza was so overwhelmed with appreciation,

that they gave a thunderous applause for each batch of students performing both solo and jointly. A few

comments  by a couple of  participating Music Teachers and audience are noteworthy.

 “ Our deep sense of gratitude for giving the budding talents a platform to showcase their creative side.

Events like this are a motivating factor that fuels their pursuit to learn more and more.  Sangeet Dhwani

has always been well organized”  Swasti Pandey “.

Thank you for such a beautiful evening. It was indeed wonderful to see such young kids take to learning

the nuances of classical music so sincerely and present it so beautifully. We  laud the efforts being taken

by the Sangeet Dhwani team,  to coordinate and conduct such events. Also, a  wonderful opportunity for

my student kids as such events  will go a long way in motivating them to pursue this art more

passionately”.   Jaya Vidyasagar

 “It was my first time attending Sangeet Dhwani event, and we thoroughly enjoyed commendable

performances by all the young students. Sangeet Dhwani does a wonderful service to the society of

Students, their parents and teachers, by providing them this platform and the right motivation and

inspiration”. Aanal Anjaria

Sangeet Dhwani’s  two well known Music Advisors having experience,  over 40 years in their professional

career,   Shri. Satish Gadagkar, a Violin Virtuoso  and Ustad Surinder Mann, a Tabla Maestro –  disciple

of the late  Iconic Legend Ustad Allarakha Khan; distributed attractive Trophies to all participating

students for their brilliant performance.  Pradeep Joshi, of Sangeet Dhwani proposed vote of thanks to all

music teachers, volunteers and the Sound Technician  Achar Anjalia for providing quality music.


Sangeet Bahar - Feb 16th 2014


Sangeet Ankur, Feb 15th 2014

SANGEET ANKUR- A Popular Classical Music Event

with Youth and kids

San Jose:   Sangeet Dhwani’s Special segment popularly known as Sangeet Ankur i.e., (“Music of Sprouts”-  in Hindi ) has gained a lot of visibility and popularity with the youth and kids within the age group of 8-15years, as was evident from the last four events. At the request of local parents and their music learning kids,  Sangeet Dhwani held a special Event, on  February 15, at the Divine Science Center (Infinity Center), San Jose,  in which as many as ten music teachers and their 20 advanced students participated.  Among these teachers,  six taught Hindustani Classical Music and 4 others trained kids and youth in Carnatic Classical music.

Needless to mention that the Classical Ragas of India date back to 3rd Century and even before, i.e., Vedic period, when the composers who were celebrities had composed rare and unique ragas  with devotional lyrics,  invoking Divine Blass.  It is often expressed that Music flowed from God’s voice - termed as “ Naad Brahma” in Sanskrit and it was felt that God himself was the main source of inspiration to the composers for evolving the devotional lyrics.  The numerous ragas, which they composed run into hundreds, and these had a close  relation to certain timing of the day and night as well as the season  like Spring, Winter. They had researched that the singing performance was dependent on the level of energy which the human body possessed during this time cycle.

The event organized on February 15, included both vocal and instrumental music like Sitar, Veena, Harmonium,  Tabla and Mridungam.  The Event started with a young volunteer of Sangeet Dhwani, Tanisha Joshi,  who presented  a Kannada devotional,  originally sung by the legend late Pt. Bhimsen Joshi, in praise of God- Vithala- ( Vishnu). Then,  followed other students performing either Vocal or Instrumental. Samyukta Natesan, 8 year old sang a Carnatic Raag  composed by Saint Tyagraja,  melodiously.  She is reported to have started learning Classical music at her age of 3 and the audience was surprised how at such a young age,  she had tenacity to learn the complexities of Ragas from her Music teacher, Akila Shankar.   Priyanka Parthasarathy, Akila’ student sang another lyric composed by the same Saint. These two singers were accompanied by Ramya on Veena and  Adarsh Ramachandran on Mridungam.  Tejas Venkatraman was an accompanist on Tabla for Tanisha and Sujata Ghanekar’s students. Aditya Ram kumar played Sitar based on Alhiya Bilaval Raag, Shivani Deglurkar rendered a bandish on raag Yamnan, Shreya Basireddy on Raag Malkaus, Madhura Puntambekar and Trisha both sang a Jugalbandi for a change, which was based on Raag Megh. Arun Sriram showed his mastery over  Mrindagam. He is trained by his father Sriram Brahmanandam. Two young artists named Skanda Krishna and Krishna Rao,  both 9 years trained by Tabla Maestro Satish Tare, played on Tabla”  Kayda” a style of Taal.  Following this, there was an enchanting “Mridungam” percussion in Carnatic style played, alternately by four kids- Sriram Subramanian, Pranav. Shrirram Rao, Shrivatsan and Rahul. The music loving audience had high appreciation for all these youth and kids in displaying their superb skills both in Vocals as well as Instrumental Music.  

The highlight of the performance was by a few students deputed by the popular Music teacher, Ms.Sujata Ghanekar. Ritika Sardana sang a memorable Ghazal- “Mere humnafas humnawa” sung by two famous Ghazal legend singers Begum Akhtar as well as Farida Khanum. Sangeeta Koilada sang a famous raga based song “ Tora Man Darpan Kehelaye” which had featured in the Hindi Movie  Kaajal, the playback  originally sung by the legend Asha Bhonsale.  Avinash Mehta sang a devotional “Sunata Hai GuruGyani.  Tabla and Harmonium accompaniment were mainly provided by the youth artists to the vocalists.   Ramya Lakkaraju performed a melodious Veena recital as a grand finale. Ustad Surinder Mann, Music Advisor of Sangeet Dhwani graced the occasion and blessed all the kids for their excellent performance.

The entire event performed by these youth and kids was characterized as “Spectacular”  by the Music Critic Shakuntala Bahadur, Ph. d., in Sanskrit who spoke on behalf of the audience.  While expressing her sentiments, she felt elated looking to the sincere efforts being made by the experienced Music teachers, who had  helped in preserving the Indian Musical Heritage by passing on the knowledge of Ragas to the young, so proficiently.  On the other hand, she was also astonished how these young artists were trying to master the ragas dedicating their available time, besides managing their regular academic studies.  She was requested to distribute the beautiful trophies to one and all participating artists to inspire them to learn more and perform the best.   Tanisha Joshi emceed the event,  Dilipbhai Shah controlled the music system and other two volunteers Vidya Lele and Celeste Ky helped in the organizational efforts.       


Sangeet Ankur - February 15, 2014


Announcing Sangeet Ankur on Feb 15th

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So our next Sangeet Ankur event is coming soon next month! Details follow:

This is a registration announcement for music teachers, if you would like to register at most two top students from your class for this event.

Event Details: Sangeet Ankur
Event Date: Feb 15th 2014, 1:20 PM
Venue: Divine Science Center, 1540 Hicks Ave San Jose, CA 95125

Step 1: Become Sangeet Dhwani Annual Member (Required for Parent and Teacher)

Step 2: Register for your students

Step 3: Sangeet Dhwani Youth Volunteer (Optional)
If you would like to send youth volunteers, please have their parents register here:

Step 4: Sangeet Dhwani Adult Volunteer (Optional)
If you would like to recommend adult volunteers, please have them register here:


Sangeet Dhwani Team

Our Youth Artists From The Jan 2014 Sangeet Ankur Event


Register with Sangeet Dhwani Google group


We recently launched the Sangeet Dhwani google group, so interested subscribers can stay in touch with Sangeet Dhwani's activities and updates. This group is open to all, and we hope that artists (adult and youth) as well as the music lovers (parents and families) can join the group.


Membership in above group is free. If you would like to support Sangeet Dhwani please also become an annual member of Sangeet Dhwani.



Pradeep Joshi,
Sangeet Dhwani Team


Sangeet Bahar at ICC Cupertino



Sangeet Bahar is brought to you by Sangeet Dhwani. This was a grand success! Here are the photos of the event that was held on Jan 31st at ICC Cupertino.

Sangeet Dhwani Team


Listen to Pradeep Joshi’s Interview in Radio Zindagi – 1550 AM

Listen to Pradeep Joshi’s Interview in Radio Zindagi – 1550 AM