Mostly patronised in India’s northern states, Hindustani (North Indian) vocal music is one of the popular categories of Indian classical music and in recent years it has drawn international audiences around the world. It is a relatively modern genre, evolving from India’s ancient musical tradition as adapted and modified by Muslim as well as Hindu musicians during the 12th and 13th centuries when North India came under Muslim rule. The best-known and most popular Hindustani vocal form, known as “Khayal” (Persian word meaning “imagination”) is a heavily ornamented and partly improvised song-style which has also given rise to many popular light-classical genres such Thumri and Ghazal as well as being a parent tradition of the classical Sufi music known as Qawwali.

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Chandrima Misra

"Seeing the transition students go from young, untrained, raw voices to well-groomed polished performers gives me infinite happiness."

A fellow of Trinity College, London, Chandrima Mishra trained with Ustad Munawar Ali Khan, one of the most sought-after teachers of the Patiala Gharana (style). A career highlight for her was working with the world-famous late Pandit Ravi Shankar on a project involving Indian as well as Western musicians at Dartington Hall, Devon, in 2003.

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