Indian music is very diverse and is made up of folk music, devotional music, Ghazals, Natya Sangeet, traditional music which further branches into Hindustani and Carnatic styles.Even at the age of 16 he became well-known for his scintillating solo performances. He has been accompanying many music maestros of India and abroad. His adept and enthusiastic accompaniment has made him favourite of many of India’s renowned classical musicians. He is one of the few tabla players who are proficient in playing in all the three streams of Music (Vocal, Instrumental and Dance).
Music in India began as an integral part of village life in the form of folk music. With lapse of time, such folk music laid the foundation of classical music. Vijay Ghate has formed a trust call Taalchakra, which provides platform to young and upcoming artists and also supports the musicians in financially weaker conditions. This trust plans to conduct music workshops by veteran musicians and plans to start pension scheme for musicians and music teachers who are in financially weaker conditions. Taalchakra mainly promotes classical music and dance. Taalchakra has successfully staged a rich variety of events in different parts of the country.
Classical music, with a history spanning millennia, is a very significant part of our culture and heritage. Such music is elaborate – with its detailed Raags and Taals and is very expressive.
Classical music helps in relaxing the mind and helps in healing even the greatest sorrows in life. It is said that different Raags sung at different times of the day, seasons of the year have a magical effect on the mind and body.
Classical music in all its beauty and purity has transpired to undoubtedly be one of the greatest sources of entertainment to masses across the world.
Another form of music that we Indians are extremely fond of is none other than our beloved Bollywood music. Since their advent in 1930s, our films are particularly characterized by the frequent use of song and dance.
Bollywood music is deeply influenced by classical music. Let me give you a few examples of influence of classical ragas over Hindi songs –
- Use of Raag Lalit by Naushadji in “Ek Shehenshah ne banva ke haseen Taj Mahal” from the movie Leader
- Use of Raag Lalit again by Pancham Da in “Raina beeti Jaye” from Amar Prem
- Use of Raag Sindhu Bhairavi by Roshanji in “Laaga chunari main daag” rendered by Manna Dey
- Use of Raag Bageshri by Salil Chaudhary in “Aaja re Pardesi” from Madhumati rendered by Lata Didi
In the present times Bollywood Music is marked by demeaning lyrics, remixes and pop-songs and one finds that the influence of classical music on Bollywood and generally on the younger generation is declining.
For a number of people from the earlier generations, their interest in traditional classical music was awakened by their affinity towards Indian film music.
Drawing inspiration from this, our concept of ‘Beyond Bollywood’ is to encourage people to appreciate beauty of Indian classical music and its subtle nuances by bringing to you compositions of renowned Bollywood music directors which are based on classical music.
Through this programme, it is our attempt to draw you all towards classical music and dance through the medium of Indian film songs.
To lead you to a path that goes Beyond Bollywood and awakens the desire to value our traditional classical art forms.
It would be our sheer delight and honour if our audiences attempt to understand and explore the depths of classical art forms through Bollywood Music.