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by Nikhil Patwardhan

Sitar music from India for stress release and relaxation to bring peace of mind. Great for meditation to bring calmness and serenity. Includes a 15 minute Sitar duet with Tabla (Indian drums). Best heard at night after a long,stressful and tiring day.
Genre: World: Indian Classical
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1. Moonlight Raga: Raga Chandrakauns
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15:22 album only
2. Grand Finale Raga: Raga Mishra Bhairavi
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12:28 album only
Available as MP3, MP3 320, and FLAC files.


Album Notes
About the Artiste: Nikhil Patwardhan

Nikhil Patwardhan:

Nikhil has been playing Sitar for over twenty five years. Nikhil gave his first public radio performance at the age of eight. At the age of fifteen, Nikhil started receiving training from Pandit Parthapratim Chatterjee, himself a disciple of Pandit Nikhil Banerjee and Ustad Ali Akbar Khansahib. Nikhil and his family continue to receive deep inspiration from Pandit Nikhil Banerjee and his music. He has also peformed at multiple venues in the United States including Clemson University International Music Festival, Colorado Springs Diwali Celebration and Colorado Springs Diversity Festival. He has also performed fusion along with multiple instruments like the guitar, violin and the cello.
Nikhil is an engineer by profession. He has an M.S.E.E. degree from Clemson University, USA and works full time as a design engineer in the field of semiconductors. Nikhil strives to strike balance between his spiritually driven approach towards his music along with his engineering mind.
Nikhil continues to learn and contribute to his passion of Sitar and Indian Classical Music.

The Music:

This style of music is traditionally known as Hindustani Classical Music. The basic compositions played in this style are based on a set of notes called a Raga. A typical performance starts with a slow tempo introduction of phrases which is called Alap, followed by faster phrases called Jod. This is the solo part. This is followed by a "song" or a composition called a Gat which is accompanied by the Tabla (Indian drums). Typically there is a slow song which is called a Vilambit gat followed by a faster song called a Drut Gat. The composition culminates in a climax called a Jhala.

This style of music is supposed to be very meditative and elevate the spiritual mind of the listeners.

The Album:

Track one: Moonlight Raga: Raga Chandrakauns

Raga Chandrakauns is a midnight Raga and belongs to the Kafi Thaat. The mood is that of romance and warmth. Traditionally this Raga symbolizes the brilliance of the moon (Chandra). The music of this track invokes a feeling of tranquility at the same time portraying the magnificence of the moon. The aroha-avarohana set may be stated as follows:

N' - S - g - M - d - N'' - S'' :: S'' - N'' - d - M - g - S'

S = Shadaja (C)
M = shuddha madhyam (flattened or F scale)
Lower caps indicate 'komal' or flat notes, " indicates higher (third) octave, ' indicates lower (first) octave.

Track two: Grand Finale Raga: Raga Mishra Bhairavi

Raga Mishra Bhairavi is a morning Raga. Traditionally, this Raga is played at the end of concerts. Nikhil plays this Raga with a slight sprinkling of Teevra Madhyam (F#) which adds a beautiful color to the melody. The aroha-avarohana set may be stated as follows:

S' - r - g - M – P- d - n - S'' :: S'' - n - d – P - M - g - r - S'

S = Shadaja (C)
P = Pancham (G)
M = shuddha madhyam (flattened or F scale)

Lower caps indicate 'komal' or flat notes, " indicates higher (third) octave, ' indicates lower (first) octave.

Artiste Performances:

Recitals/Concerts and Achievements:

All India Radio
Doordarshan National Television
Pune Navratra Mahotsav,India
Pune Festival,India
Inner Courtyard, Pune,India
Sarasbaug and Parvati, Pune,India
Clemson University International Music Festival,USA
Colorado Springs Diwali Celebration,USA
Colorado Springs Diversity Festival,USA
Manitou Springs Carnival Event, USA
ARM Cultural Nite, Bangalore,India
Auroville, Pondicherry,India
Rotary Concert, Pune,India
McBride's camp, Kafue National Park, Zambia
Masai Mara Lodge, Kenya
Several “Mehfils”
Vaggeyakara Utsav 2013, Ranjani Fine Arts, Bangalore, India January 2013
Karunashraya, Bangalore, India January 2013

Hindustani Classical Instrumental: Gayaki style, Maihar Gharana
Semi-classical style such as Natyasangeet, thumri, dadra and Baul melodies
Instrumental fusion with with multiple instruments like the guitar, violin and the cello
Sitar accompaniment for Classical Dance and Orchestras
Composer for fusion pieces with multiple instruments
Teaching/tutoring (one-to-one, group lessons)
Lecture demonstrations and seminars
Music tourism (traveling at exotic/offbeat locations and performing live)
Music therapy packages


"I informed you that I said you entertained so many souls through your concert.You made so many souls happy.So you have blessings of souls."

"Saw the concert videos now.You are amazing. Ten years down the line we can proudly say - we know you personally. Of course we say it even now - but by then the world will know you. "


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robin L

Fantastic Relaxation music
I am a therapist who uses music selectively to calm and help my patients retain a state of relaxation. This album accomplishes that by creating a meditational state that is enjoyable, peaceful and a great piece of work. I definitely recommend this album to anyone seeking an exceptional artistic musical selection.