Raga, talaandbandishare the three pillars of Indian music
. Of these,bandishis a comprehensive facet, encompassing not only elements ofragaandtalabut also lyrics. The aspect of lyrics sets apart vocal music from instrumental music, and due to the literal meaning attached to text,bandishplays an important role in a musical exposition.
Furthermore,bandishinnately incorporates within itself, elements that can be improvised upon. Thus, outwardly what could be seen as a mere song, transforms into a full-fledged musical story.
The contours ofbandishvary with genres. From pure classical (art
music) and semi-classical music to devotional, light and popular music, the form, idiom and treatment ofbandishdiffers on account of varying emphasis placed onraga, talaand lyrics in each of these music forms. Added to this is the element of aesthetics that governs the individual genre. The genre specific exploration ofbandishrequires a performer to have an in-depth training and understanding of its aesthetics.
Baithak to Bollywood is a collage of genres comprising those associated with intimate small gathering of connoisseurs (baithakormehfil) as well as popular forms favoured by masses at large. Endowed with an exceptionally versatile background in music, Shankar Mahadevan takes us on a delightful journey from Baithak to Bollywood,essentially exploring the beauty of bandishin numerous forms from kriti, padam, bhavgeet,abhang, ghazal to sufi, folk and film song.