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Sanhita Nandi , a prominent exponent of Hindustani Classical Vocal, Kirana Gharana in the Khayal and Thumri genres.

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Sanhita Nandi is a renowned exponent of Hindustani Classical Vocal, Kirana Gharana in the Khayal and Thumri  genres. After initial training, Sanhita was later groomed by Late Pandit A. Kanan, the senior most Gurus of the ITC Sangeet Research Academy, Kolkata. She got added exposure under Pandit Vinayak Torvi for few years in Kirana and Gwalior traditions. After years of practice, and greatly influenced by Gharana maestros, she has assimilated the distinctive features of the Kirana Gharana.This opened up the large canvas of vilambit to fast tempo tarana gayaki(style) that has been developed over the last 150 years in India by various gharana maestros.

To further enrich the most important asthestic improvisation of the Kirana Lineage and traditional compositions, Sanhita is currently under the able guidance of Ustad Mashkoor Ali Khan. Her repertoire has been characterized with the sequencing of melodic patterns of merukhand style in Vilambit, executed primarily through meeds, kans and elegant use of sargam articulation.

The central motif of her gayaki is the slow tempo of raga development (voice culture, voice throw, and tonal application), ornamented sargams and exposition of “chota Khayal and tarana” with inimitable “taan” patterns. With practice, she has excelled in the exposition and elaboration of ragas with all the variations, modulations and split-second precision. An unmistakable feature of her presentation is the concept of khayal gayaki on slow tempo method and bring out ragas in imaginative trajectories of “sur-laya-phirat.”

Sanhita Nandi has established as an exceptionally fluent, lyrical vocalist with fine sense of mastery in the movements of the raga in ‘Vilambit laya’ or slow tempo and tranquility of notes which distinguishes the Kirana style. Her performances alternates very gracefully with simpler and more complicated pieces in perfect pitch and notes. She has been praised as a brilliant exponent and ruminate on ‘Aalaap’ (gradual exposition of Raag) and use of ‘Sargam’ the pillar of this gharana.

0005She has won several awards in state and national-level competitions including the prestigious Dover Lane Young Talent search contest in Kolkata, and performed regularly on All India Radio as a graded A.I.R. artist. Currently based in New Jersey (USA) and New Delhi (India), she performs frequently in India and abroad at prime music festivals and concerts. Sanhita has received great recognition and reviews for her performances in India’s prime music festival at the Annual Saptak Sangeet Sammelan in Ahmedabad,the Sawai Gandharva Sangeet Sammelan in Pune, Shree Baba Harivallabh Sangeet Sammelan in Jalandhar,Laxmi Narayan Sangeet Samaroha in Amritsar, Yashwant Rao Chauhan Smriti Sangeet Samaroha in Maharashtra,Tabla Nawaz Ustad Shaik Dawood Trust in Hyderabad, Ustad Rahmat Khan Sangeet Sammelan in Dharwad, Glimpses of Kirana Gharana Music festival in Hyderabad,Samrat Sangeet Sammelan in Goa,Parampara Music Festival in Chennai,Gururao Deshpande Sangeet Sabha in Bangalore,Chhandayan All Night concert in NY,Spicmacay at Cornell University, Spicmacay at Drexel University, Prestigious Annenberg Center in Philadelphia, Learn Quest Classical Music conference in Boston,Arohi classical music festival in Toronto,Philadelphia Crossroad music and many more.

She also holds a degree in Music and a Masters degree in World History.
She can be reached through her Email: hemlalit@gmail.com

Performances – 2010

Saptak Sangeet Sammelan 2010, Ahmedabad
Sawai Gandharva Sangeet Mahostav, Pune
Dadar Matunga Cultural Center, Mumbai
Surmandal, Hyderabad
Swarmayee Gurukul (Dr.Prabha Atrre Foundation),Pune
Sangit Mahabharati, Mumbai
Sangeet Research Academy, Kolkata

Performances – 2011

SPIC MACAY – Drexel University, Philadelphia – Feb 2011
Aurobindo Society, New Delhi – March 2011
Gandharva Mahavidyalaya, Pune – March 2011
Laxmi Narayan Sangeet Samaroha at Amritsar- March 2011
Music Festival- Parampara 2011, Chennai – March 2011
New Jersey – April 2011
Scarsdale , NY Sep 17th
Spicmacay concert at Cornell University Music Dept. on October 21st
Concert Tour in India – Nov/Dec 2011
Yashwant Rao Chauhan Smriti Sangeet Samaroha, Maharashtra 2011
Ustad Rahmat Khan Sangeet Sammelan, Dharwad 2011
Glimpses of Kirana Gharana Music festival,Hyderabad 2011
Samrat Sangeet Sammelan, Goa 2011
KM Music Consevatory, Chennai 2011
Samaagamaa Festival , Chennai 2011

Performances 2012

Indian Classical Music and Dance festival in Bahamas – Feb 2012
LearnQuest Baithak Series, Boston Feb 25th
Chhandayan ALL-NIGHT CONCERT on May 12th
Tribute to Vidushi Roshanara Begum concert on June 2nd,Philadelphia
Basant Bahar on June 30th, CA
Woodstock on July 28th,NY
Virginia on Sep 15th
New Delhi on Dec 14th
Dharwad on Dec 19th – Karnataka Vidyavardhaka Sangha
Hyderabad 0n Dec 22nd – Ustad Shaik Dawood Trust Concert ((BHARTIYA VIDYA BHAVAN )
Latur on Dec 23rd
Jalandhar on Dec 30th – 137th Shree Baba Harivallabh Sangeet Sammelan.

Concerts for 2013….

Bhopal on Jan 6th – BHARAT BHAVAN
Raag Samay festival in Philadelphia
Bahamas concert/workshop
Classical Music festival in Toronto, September 2013
Concert in Philadelphia , October 2013
Dallas, Nov 2013
Boston MIT, Nov 2013
Chandigarh, India – 11th December
Jodhpur, India – 14th December
Nagpur, India – 19th December
Hubli, India – December
Dharwad, India – December

Concerts in 2014

Amritsar, India – January 2014
Montreal, Nov 2014

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