Type : Audio CD Track Type : MP3 Format Released : 25th June 2016 Stock : Available Copyright : Bihaan Music Mkt Rights : Bihaan Music Language : Hindi
About the Ragas… Raga Jaunpuri is a late morning raga that is derived from the Asavari thaat. The raga uses komal gandhar, komal dhaivat and komal nishad; the rest of the notes being shuddha. The gandhar is omitted in the aroha but all seven notes are used in the avaroha. The vilambit and drut khayals that I have rendered, convey expressions of eternal love and longing. Raga Bihagda is a rarer raga of the Bihag family that is usually sung during the early part of the night. Although many variants of this raga exist, I have sung the most commonly heard version that uses both shuddha and komal nishad. The chalan (movement) and melodic phraseology of this raga is distinct from Bihag. The concluding piece is a bhajan by Meera bai, the 16 th century mystic poet. The bhajan was set to tune by (Late) Pt Kashinath Bodas. Melodically this bhajan is intricate as each stanza is composed in a different raga like Bhatiyar and Bairagi which beautifully conveys the feelings of yearning and surrender (to a higher consciousness).
Ranjani Ramachandran is a prominent Hindustani classical vocalist specializing in the khayal genre and has earned wide acclaim for her performances in India and abroad. Trained in both the Gwalior and Jaipur gharana gayakis, Ranjani is a versatile musician equally at ease rendering other forms such as thumri, dadra and soulful bhajans. She has also carved a unique niche with her active engagement in pedagogy and research in music. Ranjani was initiated into Hindustani music at a young age by her mother, Vijaya. She is a disciple of eminent artistes like Pt. Ulhas Kashalkar, (Late) Smt. Veena Sahasrabuddhe, (Late) Pt. Kashinath Bodas and Vidushi Girija Devi. Ranjani has received numerous prestigious awards and accolades including the Pt. Ramkrishnabua Vaze Yuva Gayak Puraskar; Surmani award from Sur Singar Samsad, Mumbai; Resident Scholarship of ITC Sangeet Research Academy, Kolkata; Fellowship for Young artistes; Junior & Senior Research Fellowship for doctoral studies instituted by the Government of India and Charles Wallace Research Grant (CWIT, UK). Ranjani has a Doctorate in vocal Hindustani music and is currently working as a faculty in the Department of Hindustani Classical Music at Sangit Bhavana, Visva-Bharati University, Santiniketan in West Bengal. She has also participated in inter-disciplinary projects with visual arts and has been engaged in collaborative research with ethnomusicologists in India and abroad. Ranjani is a graded artiste of All India Radio and Doordarshan and empanelled as a performing artiste for ICCR (Indian Council for Cultural Relations). Her noteworthy performances include Vishnu Digambar Jayanti Samaroha (New Delhi); ITC Sangeet Sammelan; Kalakshetra Annual Art Festival (Chennai); Pt. Kumar Gandharva Smriti Samaroha (Dewas); Nehru Centre (London); Palace Green Library, Durham University, UK; Basant Bahar, California, USA; “Sangeet Pratibha” of Sangeet Natak Academy; India Habitat Centre (New Delhi) and Goa Kala Academy amongst many others.