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Dr. Shambhavi Das

Doctorate in Indian Classical

An Indian Vocalist and a Writer who likes to Dance

Reach me at surdemyATgmailDOTcom

Since childhood, I had a passion for music. I spent hours listening to all genres of music, be it classical, folk, semi-classical, light etc. My mother guided me enthusiastically,  as she is a great singer too. Therefore, my intense interest and dedication destined me to the path of music, where I found my rooms for peace of mind and contentment.

Becoming successful or acquire fame is neither in my hands, nor I crave for that, but I do have a true desire and aspiration to sing wholeheartedly and with feel. I should feel blissful, blessed and proud with my singing: that’s the definition of success and achievement for me, no matter, I get any  external approval or criticism. I am happy that I find myself on that level.

To listen to my music: my favorite songs and bandish

“Teaching/sharing out a specialized field enhances knowledge”, I have fully experienced this quote. Since a few years, teaching music, especially pure classical has become my passion.  I had been to the States for a short period of time and ran a small music school. It was overwhelmingly amazing to find my students loved me as a teacher; or when their voices, singing techniques gradually improved. Therefore, I heartily welcome the music lovers or amateurs, who wish to learn.

I have also created an online Indian Classical Music vocal course for beginners on an american-based online teaching website/platform  called Udemy.com. Here is the link:

https://www.udemy.com/learn-indian-voice-music-from-the-scratch-to-advance/?dtcode=1LEM9r035wes

ACADEMIC QUALIFICATIONS:

  • Completed Doctorate of Philosophy (PhD) in Indian classical music (vocal) from Department of music, Delhi University (Dec, 2010 – June, 2012)
    • RESEARCH TOPIC: “ANALYSIS OF THE GAYAKI AND COMPOSITIONS  OF USTAD VILAYAT HUSSAIN KHAN”
    • Masters in Philosophy (MPhil) in Indian Classical Vocal Music from Dept. Of Music, Delhi University
    • RESEARCH TOPIC: Related to the “Interrelationship and Effect of Indian Classical Music in Purvanchal (UP) Folk Music 1st div.  (64%)
  • Master of Arts (M.A.) in Indian classical music (Vocal) , Ist div (60%)   from  Dept. Of Music, Delhi University.
  • Bachelor of Arts (B.A Hons) in Indian Classical Music (vocal) Ist div (68%)   from Dept. Of Music, Delhi University.
  • Majored in Piano (western discipline), Journalism and creative Writing, from Schoolcraft College, 2013,  Michigan, USA
  • Completed FIFTH Year (Post-Prabhakar)  (all with first Div) From Prayag Sangeet Samiti, ALLAHABAD.

GURUS & GUIDANCE:

  • Groomed by my mother Smt.  PRABHA  DAS,  light-music  singer  &  radio  artist,  AIR, Allahabad
  • Pursued Vocal music training under PT.  SHANTARAM  VISHNU  KASHALKAR,  a  renowned Maestro in Allahabad.
  • In Delhi, Achieved special guidance Classical Raga Talim by Mrs. MAYA BHATTACHARYA
  • Achieved voice Production technique  classes From Dr. SOMA  SINGH & Dr. OJESH PRATAP SINGH, disciple of PT. ULHAS KASHALKAR
  • Presently, am under the supervision of PT. VIDYADHAR VYAS, a renowned vocalist of Gwalior gharana, & son of Pt. Narayan Rao Vyas.

 

PROFESSIONAL QUALIFICATION:

  • Awarded national scholarship from HRD Ministry of Culture, in ghazal category for 2 years.
  • Artiste in All India Radio , Allahabad in sugam sangeet category (ghazal, folk music, bhajan ,geet)
  • Completed 2nd year in sitar instrumental, from Prayag Sangeet Samiti, Allahabad
  • Completed 2nd year in Indian Classical Dance, Kathak, from Prayag Sangeet Samiti. Allahabad.

  

PERFORMANCES:

  • Performed in Bharatiya Temple, Troy, Michigan
  • collaborated and performed with Sumkali Indian music group, University of Michigan
  • Often invited by the Michigan schools to offer lecture-demonstrations to kids, introducing and teaching them Indian music.
  • Worked for cultural programs in India-Day festival, Michigan
  • Performed light music ,ghazal, bhajan programs at many places.  To name a few: Rotary club Allahabad,   Sangam Kala Group, Prayag Sangeet Samiti Allahabad,  Pratibha Utsav –         Triveni Kala Sangam, New  Delhi  (2007), NCZCC, Allahabad
  • Given Performances in Indian Classical Music at many colleges; like Faculty of Music & Fine Arts, Daulat Ram College (2002,2003) DU;    The Cultural Council -Shyama Prasad Mukherji College (2006),    St. Stephens, Gandhi Bhawan in 2005, DU, etc.
  • Participated in numerous competitions and received prizes.
  • Given two Group Performances in Sitar in sound of Music at Saraswati Ghat, Allahabad.

ACHIEVEMENTS:

  • Participated in many Television programmes like Ghazal Sara ETV, Popstars,  sa re ga ma,
  • Indian idol etc.
  • Achieved First runner-up in Ghazal Sara programme, ETV urdu, 2006
  • Recorded folk songs for an NGO, SANSARG, Patna , Bihar
  • Recently, recorded my own private duet-CD of UP folk style- kajri chaiti, saawan, barahmasa.

 OTHER SKILLS:

  • Specialized in Indian musicology (theory of music)
  • Possess singing skills for other Indian vocal classical styles : dhrupad, dhamar, Thumri, dadra etc.
  • Possess basic Knowledge of harmonium, Tabla & Guitar
  • Ability to teach or perform Classical Dance in freestyle on movie songs

WORK EXPERIENCE:

  • Offer Music tuitions named as ‘Swaryatra music Lessons’  at home in Michigan since  three  years.
  • Worked as Music Teacher at Kendriya Vidyalaya, Kangra (HP) for 1 Year 2 months (From 2008 Dec to 2010 Feb )
  • Worked as Music Teacher  in Vikas Bharti Public School, Delhi For 4 months
  • Initially worked as a part-time Music Teacher in Bal Bharti Kendra, Rohini Branch, Delhi
  • Worked as a part-time Music teacher in Sangeet Bharti , Mandi house. New Delhi.