Thematic Modules and Lecture Demonstration            

Dhanashree has been presenting Workshops and Lecture Demonstrations on several  aspects of Indian Classical Music. Here are some of the modules she has designed and presented.

-THUMRI AND KATHAK - THE HAND IN HAND JOURNEY
-FORMS IN THUMRI
-RECOGNISING RAGAS IN HINDUSTANI CLASICAL MUSIC
-MOODS AND MAGICAL MOMENTS IN HINDUSTANI MUSIC
-APPRECIATION OF HINDUSTANI CLASSICAL MUSIC
-GHARANAS IN HINDUSTANI MUSIC
-COMPARITIVE STUDY BETWEEN HINDUSTANI AND WESTERN CLASSICAL MUSIC
-HOLI IN HINDUSTANI MUSIC
-MONSOON THUMRIS  / TIMELESS THUMRIS
-THE RAAG IN LIGHT, SEMI CLASSICAL AND CLASSICAL MUSIC


THUMRI AND KATHAK - THE HAND IN HAND JOURNEY
This presentation will trace the history of  THUMRI AND KATHAK right from the early 18th century upto the present day  through constant interaction between the dancer and the vocalist. Some of the other aspects that will be covered are :

-the themes of thumri and kathak
-baithak ki thumri and bhava
-ashtanayika bheda - the 8 nayikas in thumri
-pure dance in Kathak
-the thumri as it stands alone
-jugalbandi sessions

presented at : N.C.P.A., Prithvi Theatre, Alliance Francaise de Bombay (June ’99), Nehru Centre, Udayan (Dec. 2001), Iskcon (September 2002), Prangan (



FORMS IN THUMRI
This presentation covers Thumri in all its colours - hori, sawan, kajri, jhoola, chaiti, baramasa, maand explaining the typical nuances of each .


RECOGNISING RAGAS IN INDIAN CLASSICAL MUSIC
This module is aimed at helping the listener learn to recognize ragas by association with old and current film songs, patriotic songs and tunes heard around him


MOODS AND MAGICAL MOMENTS IN HINDUSTANI MUSIC
Which are the moments in a baithak of Indian music where the audience sighs and says “wah”, “kya baat hain”.  This presentation is aimed at helping the lay listener of Indian music feel its magic and discover the spots in a concert were divine moments happen and why so.. Along with that the listener can discover the various moods, seasonal and time of day connections of Hindustani Music


APPRECIATION OF HINDUSTANI CLASSICAL MUSIC
This presentation can be spread out over a weekend or the course of a week depending on the requirement of the organizer  and will cover all basic concepts of Hindustani Classical music giving the lay listener an entry into this music and the confidence to walk into a Hindustani mehfil and be able to understand and appreciate it.

(I have conducted this workshop for the Jindal Arts Foundation of  the N.C.P.A. Mumbai



GHARANAS IN HINDUSTANI CLASSICAL MUSIC
Over the years the word Gharana in Hindustani Music has come to mean a family of artistes following a particular ideology or style. The 4 main gharanas are the Gwalior, Agra, Jaipur and Kirana Gharana each with their distinct and unique identity. This module unravels the mystery of these 4 great styles -  their voice production, raga development style, spirit and future.

(presented at the N.C.P.A. in February 2005)


THE 2 SYSTEMS WORKSHOP  (Comparing Western and Hindustani Classical Music)
This is a unique program that endeavours to compare two great Classical Music Systems - Western and Indian. The presentation compares the manner of use of the notes, the ornamentations, moods, use of rhythm, origins of each style  and reaches out to a wide audience spectrum.


THE FESTIVAL OF HOLI IN HINDUSTANI MUSIC
Holi, the festival welcoming Spring is richly celebrated by Hindustani music with a number of classical and semi-classical bandishes describing the antics of Krishna. It is not only the joyous and playful mood that is depicted - but separation, pining, jealously, eroticism and divine union.
This presentation brings out all the moods of Holi and can also be done in collaboration with a kathak dancer to be more illustrative.

(presented at the Alliance Francaise de Bombay and Y.B. Chavan Pratishthan)
Inner Courtyard (march 2003) Museum Society (April 2002)


MONSOON IN HINDUSTANI MUSIC (Classical and Thumri)
In this presentation the monsoon is depicted in all its grandeur …the classical compositions in MALHAR bring out the joy the heart feels when the rain rushes down after a scorching summer…and the thumris that surround the monsoon (sawan, kajri, jhoola, hindola, banwari) describe the pangs of separation of the virahini nayika, the beautiful moments shared on the jhoola by Radha and Krishna and various other moods.

(presented at the Prithvi Theatre (August 2003) and Alliance Francaise de Bombay (June 2000)  the Prabha Atre Foundation (Pune) June 2005, NGMA (June 2004)

THE RAAG IN ALL ITS GLORY
"To understand a raag..is to drown in it"...only then you have captured its true magic and spirit. Indian musicologsts have outlined 3 broad branches of our Sangeet......Shastriya or the Classical, Upa-Shastriya or the Semi Classical and Sugam or Light.
This presentation attempts to travel with the raag through all the 3 forms of music understanding their typical nuances and charm ,their endeavour, their voice throw, riyaz techniques etc. and to discover how each has its distinct place under the sun...
(Alliance francaise de Bomaby -Dec ’99,  Sabrang Nov. 2005)
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B.I.S. Talks
Talk at TEDx conference Mumbai 2010
Lecdem on Thumri and Kathak Jan. 2012 at the Asian Arts Musuem, San Francisco U.S.A.