About the Book :
Compositions known as bandis in common parlance, are an integral part of raga-singing in Indian music. Various styles of singing have evolved together with the compositions enriching each other. This work tries to reveal this journey. Although the basic concept of a bandis is the same as in the ancient period, its contents, form, language as well as its names in contemporary music have undergone many changes. With a rich heritage of musicality, gandharva, the ancient form of music evolved into various melodic as well as compositional forms. Gandharva was a devotional type of music, meant for the highest spiritual attainment. To make it appealing to the mind (or to derive sensual pleasure), it was moulded into gana forms known today as desi music. The author believes that this recreational form of gandharva presents in minor, delicate songs like rk, gatha, panika, etc., developed into singing forms like dhruva and prabandhas. The prabandhas are a bridge between ancient and modern compositions and styles of singing. This book tries to link contemporary music with delicate forms of gandharva, lasya, nrtya, and uparupakas.
About the Author :
Dr Vijaya Chandorkar has been a student of Hindustani classical music since a very young age. She studied under the late Pt. Dilip Chandra Bedi, who was a disciple of the late Pt. Bhaskarbuwa Bakhale. She obtained her MA and PhD from Delhi University. Always interested in ancient musical traditions, her research interest has been the tradition and evolution of Indian music. Dr Chandorkar has authored many articles in prestigious music journals like Vageeshwari, The Journal of the Sangeet Natak Academy; Sakaal, etc., and has conducted many lectures and lecture demonstrations both in India and the United States. She has also taught for many years at the Faculty of Music and Fine Arts at the University of Delhi. She retired as a senior lecturer at the Faculty, and continues to guide PhD students even today.