Bandish Antaakshari



Bandish, loosely translated as composition, acts as the seed-idea for melodic and rhythmic elaboration in various genres of vocal and instrumental Hindustani music. It is one of the tangible elements that not only represents the aesthetics of different gharanas (literally household) or traditional schools of music, but in fact forms a vital part of the body of knowledge handed down through generations in an essentially oral tradition. For these reasons, a rich collection of such compositions is crucial in Hindustani music pedagogy and performance, and has always been considered an important inheritance for those seeking to pursue music as a profession. 

Bandish Antaakshari, a performance-based game, portrays compositions from the Hindustani art music tradition using Antaakshari, a popular and engaging recreational pastime that has usually revolved around Indian film songs. Typically, a player in this game has to present a few lines of a song challenging the next player to sing another song with its text beginning with the final syllable of the line that was sung last. Bandish Antaakshari did not only follow this conventional format, but also highlighted Hindustani musical forms like khayal, thumri, and dadra, composed in various raags or melodic structures and set to different taals or rhythmic cycles.

Images courtesy Lumiere Project



Curated by Aneesh Pradhan,  Vocalists: Bhavik Mankad, Rutuja Lad, Deepika Bhagwat, Saurabh Kadgaonkar, Aditya Mohan Khandwe, Rupesh Gawas, Nivedita Hattangadi and Anuradha Kuberm, Accompanists: Mayank Bedekar (Tabla) and Prasad Gawas (Harmonium), Sound Design: Nitin Joshi, Antaakshari Hosts: Shubha Mudgal and Aneesh Pradhan, Time and Scorekeeper: Yashwant Kanolkar


Curator and Presenter: Aneesh Pradhan, Copresenter: Aditya Khandwe, VocalistsAnuja Zokarkar, Dhananjay Hegde, Kedar Kelkar, Prajakta Marathe Bicholkar, Raagini Deoley, Ranjani Ramachandran, Soumya Ullal Kantak. Vishal Moghe

Scale Medium, Year of Commission 2018 & 2019

All 2019 Grants