Sadharani - A site dedicated to Indian Classical Music, Veena and Dhrupad. Sadharani - A site dedicated to Indian Classical Music, Veena and Dhrupad.
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“Life is an on-going learning experience. However, many people are responsible for having shaped my life as I exist today – with all my good and bad – all the credit for the good to others, and all the debit for the bad to me !!!!

Thanks to :

My parents – for having brought me into this world, who gave me education, knowledge, exposure to all forms of music from my childhood, moral support in all my ventures – independent of their good , or bad times…

My brother – Prof Subramanian (TIFR) – with whom i took refuge when i first came to Mumbai for my college education – and who’s put up with me all these years – with all my crazy doings. Thx a lot.

Late Chandu Kapadia - a maverick who was crazy about music, and was the founder member of Indian Music Group (IMG) at St.Xaviers’ College… we’ve shared many a debates and discussions on music… i still remember his brilliant conducted Music Appreciate Courses… i thank him for introducing me to some fine aspects of music, for having introduced me to my Guru Pt. Pradeep Barot, and to many other stalwarts and musicians. I remember him fondly.

My first Guru in music – Pt. Pradeep Barot. Although i’ve had exposure to carnatic music / saraswati veena, credit for the right initiation into music goes to Pt. Pradeep Barot (student of Smt Annapoorna Devi) – a brilliant sarod player, who taught me many nuances of Sarod playing, and the music in general. One of nicest human beings i’ve met, i’m very grateful to him for the knowledge he has shared with me.

My idol – the legendary beenkar the Late Ustad Zia Mohiuddin Dagar – who gave a very different perspective to music, and the thought process involved in it.

Smt Pramila Dagar – wife of Late Ustad Zia Mohiuddin Dagar – who kept the lamp burning after his untimely death, and gave us all the continuity in exposure to music, encouragement and support through running the Dhrupad Gurukul single handedly.

Ustad Zia Fariduddin Dagar – brilliant Dhrupad Vocalist – who taught me the art form of Dhrupad with all its fine points, continues to teach me, and inspires me. A very large hearted person who readily shares his knowledge – i’m grateful to him for the path shown, and the knowledge shared with me. As brilliant in cooking as in music – how can one forget his delicacies !!!

Ustad Bahauddin Dagar – a close friend, a brilliant beenkar / musician and son of Ustad Zia Mohiuddin Dagar – for having shared many thoughts on music, tips on techniques of Veena playing, and being with me during my difficult times.

My wife – Smt Aparna Shastri – a brilliant scientist with a doctorate in Physics at BARC, and a Dhrupad Vocalist (student of Ustad Zia Fariduddin Dagar). I would never have been able to walk many of the untravelled paths that i’ve explored without her support and help. I thank her for giving me that freedom, support, encouragement, and for putting up with all my eccentricities.

My daughter – Ragini – a budding vainika, who has been a source of inspiration, help – and goading me on to better things in life , with whom i’ve shared many wonderful times watching Roger Federer !

Many senior students like Pt. Pushparaj Koshti, Milind Nafadey etc – who openly shared their experiences and knowledge of music.

A few people who gave me a second lease of life – Dr. Vijay Haribhakti, Dr. Sudha Menon, Dr. Ramnik Parekh, Mr. Nimish Parekh, Dr. Rajeshree Parekh – who supported me through my really difficult and bad health times.

Jody Stecher – a senior student of Ustad Zia Mohiuddin Dagar – who shared detailed information on his sursringar – which was of immense help in my quest to get one made.

Jon Barlow and Somdeep Das Gupta – for directing me to the right instrument maker…

Mohan Lal Sharma – a hereditary instrument maker from Kolkotta – who willingly accommodated all my requests, last minute variation in design etc to come up with brilliant instruments (sursringar and Veena) – which are now my life line.

Sanjay Arora of Gluelagoon – for setting up the site…

Thanks one and all……………”


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