Sunday, 24 July 2016

The Man Who Sings Ragas. In English. - English Bandish - 101 India


Kiran Phatak's take on Hindustani classical music will get stuck in your head. Classical singer and teacher Kiran Phatak has an unusual take on Indian classical music. He has taken it upon himself to translate the classical bandishes he's learnt into English, and write new ones in English. Singing melodious praises to Lord Krishna in Raag Hameer and the beautiful weather in Raag Kedaar is just the start. He firmly believes that modern-day issues like mobile phones and dating should also be incorporated into classical music to make it more relevant to the youth today.

It all began when Phatak couldn't enjoy Western forms of music such as rap, rock and pop because he couldn't understand the language. He also realised that the reverse must be true. Since then, he's written over 25 'bandishes' in English, and is even training a new generation of singers in his new-found form.

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