Bandish –
Approx Duration: 50 mins

In order to explore the nuances of Bandish (composition) in Hindustani music, this documentary takes up the metaphor of a river. The river has its own beauty, the way the water in it flows non stop but the river as entity remains the same. In the same way, the singer (or the instrumentalist) goes on weaving various beautiful melodious and rhythmic patterns in and around the Bandish while the basic Bandish remains the same.

In the process it unfolds the nuances of different kinds of compositions, what aspects take prominence in Dhrupad, what others come into play with the compositions of Khayal, Thumri, Tappa, Kajari, Geet, Ghazal, etc, as also how compositions are done for instruments like Sitar or Sarangi or percussions like the Tabla. What is the difference between old compositions and the new ones.