Musical Explorations with Vocalist Vir Amar Dasmahapatra



From 12th to 16th December, Hindustani Vocalist Vir Amar Dasmahapatra visited and interacted with students and teachers of IHS.

Vir began his vocal training in 2004 at the age of 22 years. He has been trained, and continues to train, under various gurus from several gharanas, including Padma Vibhushan Dr. Girija Devi and Smt. Urvashi Jha of the Benares gharana, Vidushi Lalith J. Rao of the Agra gharana, and Professor Milind Manshe of the Agra gharana.

While at IHS, Vir conducted an assembly, during which time he presented an eclectic mix of songs. He began with a Chhota Khayal in Raag Vibhaas in Ektaal. This was followed by two traditional Braj folk songs. He also conducted separate sessions for Junior, Middle and interested Senior school students. He taught simple vocal exercises with sargams to the juniors; one batch learnt a simple composition in Raag Ahir Bhairav. With the middle schoolers, he explored Raag Yaman and the famous ‘Eri Ali Piya Bina’ composition, and with the seniors he explored Raag Bhupali with the composition ‘He Mahadev’.

The teachers were treated to a baithak, or informal music gathering, where he rendered a Khayal in Raag Malkauns, and semi-classical pieces, which included a Chaiti, Kajri and Bandish Ki Thumri in Raag Bhairavi.