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Nandini Mukherjee is an experienced practitioner of Rabidrasangeet (songs written and composed by Rabindranath Tagore). She trained under Amar Lahiri, an outstanding exponent of the varied styles of the genre, and a disciple of Subinoy Roy. Earlier, Nandini underwent formal training in Hindustani classical music at Geetabithi founded by Subinoy Roy.
Nandini believes that the essence of Rabindrasangeet lies not only in
its poetry and inimitable musical style but also in its unmatched
emotional appeal. Her belief echoes Tagore himself, who, by
characterizing his music as Bhavsangeet, sought to emphasize
emotion over technique. He therefore classified his compositions in
terms of their emotional appeal to people as Puja (devotion), Prem (love), Prakriti (nature) and Swadesh (patriotism), and not as the different classical or folk forms of music from which he drew inspiration.
Being Bhavsangeet, Rabindrasangeet has a universal appeal, transcending
barriers of language and nationality. The cause of universality is
furthered by Tagore's unfettered acceptance of musical styles from
lands faraway and near, which he synthesized and harmonized to
constitute his own, inimitable brand of music.
It is in continuance of this pursuit that Nandini's renditions have been accompanied by narration in English.
Nandini performs lives at venues in Bangalore and Kolkata.
Listen to English Narration and Rabindra Sangeet by Nandini.