Transplanting the Hindustani Classical Music Tradition

At the heart of Wasanti Paranjape's musical life is regular singing practice at home, with harmonium and tanpura for melodic support, and, most important musically, tabla for rhythmic support. Over the years, tabla players Masood Ahmad and Jivan Patel were her dedicated accompanists, and she even asked her husband to learn the basics of tabla playing (see photo). Because each performance of a raga is uniquely structured and improvised, Indian music practice is never just technical; rather it is a creative interplay of imagining the raga and building its performance with the help of memorized rules, tunes, phrases, and other melodic and rhythmic vocabulary. She also held evening practice sessions, often weekly, inviting students and other music lovers to listen, learn, or participate.
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Wasanti Paranjape singing with friends with her husband on t...

Wasanti Paranjape singing with friends with her husband on tabla

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