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Prof Basavi Mukerji  M.A. ( music ), M.Phil. ( music )

  • Reader of Khayal and Thumri, Viswa Bharati University
  • Concert vocalist -- Hindustani Classical (Khayal), Thumri, Bhajan, Ghazal, Geet etc.
  • Composer & Teacher
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Basavi Mukerji was born into a musically aware family residing in Kanpur and imbibed the rudiments of Hindustani music from a very early age. Starting more seriously at age twelve, she trained in classical vocal music under Pt. Bhagwan Dayal Srivastava (Gwalior Gharana), Pt. Kashinath Shankar Bodus (Gwalior Gharana in the direct lineage of Pt. Vishnu Digambar Paluskar) and Pt. Ram Sewak Tiwari (Darbhanga Gharana), all in Kanpur. Thereafter she further trained in vocal music for a number of years with Pt. A. Kanan (Kirana Gharana) in Calcutta and then studied the higher subtleties of music with Padmabhushan Dr. Prabha Atrre (Kirana Gharana) in Mumbai, where she stayed for about six years. During this period she was deeply influenced by the prevalent Jaipur-Atrauli style of singing and incorporated it into her musical personality. Not one to sit on her laurels, Basavi continues her training in rare ragas of the Gwalior-Jaipur schools from Pt. Vikas Kashalkar of Poona as well as Dr. Prabha Atrre.

Shrimati Mukerji is gifted with a mellifluous, rich and attractive voice. It is at once flexible, powerful, agile and effortlessly clear even in high speeds. Her singing is the quintessence of temple and court music, true to Raga and set to a variety of talas. Apart from khayal, she performs, with outstanding command and finesse, thumri, bhajan (Sagun as well as Nirgun, including compositions of Sant Kabir, Meerabai and Guru Nanak) and many other lighter forms such as the Kajri, Chaiti and Jhoola. Her performances all over India have been received with approbation from all quarters, be they musicians, critics or the lay public.

She has performed in numerous prestigious platforms in India and overseas, such as ( a few examples ) :

  • Dover Lane Music Conference, Kolkata
  • Kolkata Shraddhanjali, Kolkata
  • Bhowanipur Sangit Sammilani, Kolkata
  • West Bengal State Music Academy, Kolkata
  • Viswabharati, Santiniketan
  • Karamatullah Khan Memorial Conference, Bardhawan
  • Pt. Nikhil Banerjee Memorial Conference, Kalyani
  • Gaan Vardhan Music Circle, Poona
  • Prabha Atre Foundation, Poona
  • the Ustad Alladiya Khan founded Gayan Samaj Deval Club, Kolhapur
  • Swami Haridas Music Conference, Mumbai
  • Maharashtra Lalit Kala Nidhi, Mumbai
  • National Centre for Performing Arts, Mumbai
  • India Habitat Centre, New Delhi
  • Gandharva Mahavidyalaya, New Delhi
  • Prayag Sangeet Samity Annual Conference, Allahabad
  • Swralaya Music Festival, Palghat
  • Soorya Festival, Trivandrum
  • Bharat Bhavan, Bhopal
  • Kirateshwar Sangeet Samaroh, Kathmandu, Nepal
  • Auckland, New Zealand
  • Wellington, New Zealand
  • Tauranga, New Zealand

In early 2003, Basavi was invited by the Hindu, Trivandrum, to hold the Hindustani segment of a two day Classical Indian Music Appreciation workshop which she conducted with élan and rounded off with a full fledged concert.

A graded artiste of All India Radio, Calcutta and Doordarshan ( T.V.), she is also a scholar in music at the same time, having several articles and monographs to her credit. Her book, “Improvisation in Hindustani Classical Music”, which draws upon, among other things, her study of several ancient Texts in Sanskrit on music, is being published by the West Bengal State Music Academy of the Govt. of West Bengal. She is also a gifted composer, knowing Hindi, Bengali, Urdu, Brajbhasha and several regional dialects of U. P. Some of her poems in English and Hindi have been published in literary journals. She is also a junior level U.P. State awardee in painting and paints in water as well as oil ( shown here are two of her many oil paintings ).

Basavi has had several commercial music releases from prestigious recording companies of India a table of which is given below.

Commercial releases of Basavi’s music
Musicassettes :

  The Gramaphone Company of India
  Hindustan Records

  • Khayal and Tarana in Raga Bhatiyar
  • Khayal in Raga Bageshri
  • Kajari Pilu

  •   Aalaap Records, Kolkata

  • Bhajan ( six tracks )

  •   Fountain Music Company, Poona

  • Khayal in Raga Jaunpuri
  • Thumri Bhairavi
  • Compact Discs :

      Fountain Music Company, Poona

    " Durge Bhavani " - Stotra, Khayal, Sadara, Bhajan in Raga :
  • Lalit
  • Sindhoora
  • Gunkali
  • Bhatiar
  • Todi
  • Bhairavi
  • Kalavati
  • Hansadhvani
  • Durga
  • Tilak Kamod
  • Darbari
  • Malkauns

  •   Fountain Music Company, Poona

  • " Sant Vani " -- Bhajans by
                                Sants -- Kabirdas, Meerabai and Gorakhnath

  •   Musician's Guild, Mumbai

  • Khayal in Raga Madhuvanti
  • Khayal in Raga Sampoorna Malkauns
        ( Live concert recordings )

  •   Musician's Guild, Mumbai

  • Khayal in Raga Desh
  • Khayal in Raga Basant
  • Meera Bhajan in Yaman Kalyan
  • Dadara in Kalingada
  • Thumri in Bhairavi
        ( Live concert recordings )

  •   Fountain Music Company, Poona

  • " Sajayati Sindhoora Vadano ", compositions on Lord Ganesha
          sung solo alongside renditions by Swar Samragyin Lata Mangeshkar,
          Suman Kalyanpur & Suresh Wadkar

  •   Fountain Music Company, Poona

  • CD shared with the legendary Pt. Kumar Gandharva and
        Sanjeev Abhyankar

  •   P & M Records, Kolkata

  • Khayal and Tarana in Raga Kedar
  • Khayal in Raga Nayaki Kanada ( Jaipur Gharana variation )
  • Hori in Pahadi
        ( Live concert recording )

  • Basavi lives in Santiniketan, West Bengal, India, where she teaches vocal classical music at the Tagore founded university, Viswa Bharati.

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