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Raagotsav II to pay tribute to Pt Jasraj and other Masters of music

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The concluding part of RAAGOTSAV…Celebration of Monsoon, an online festival of rare Films Division documentaries on Indian classical music has started streaming on FD Website and You Tube channel from today.



Online Documentary film festival aims at introducing the younger generation of music lovers to the treasure trove of great traditions of music in India.

  • It offers a veritable musical journey through the life.
  • The festival promotes the works of prominent masters of famous gharanas and traditions of Indian Classical music -their performing styles and profound impact and valuable contribution to the vocal classical music.


  • Dedicated to the memory of Pt Jasraj, the doyen of Hindustani Music who departed on 17th August, 2020.

It is also tribute to other maestros of vocal tradition of Indian classical music – both Hindustani and Carnatic schools.

  • The package also includes well-researched documentaries on the nuances of classical music and its distinct styles and traditions.


This online festival will continue till 28th Aug, 2020.


The beginning of ‘RAAGOTSAV-II’ happened with ‘Sangeet Martand – Pt. Jasraj’.


  • Among the prominent vocalists of Mewati gharana and follower of egalitarian philosophy, Pt Jasraj introduced a perfect blend of devotional music with traditional classical style.
  • His total submission to God and Music and his thought process behind introducing new format of jugalbandi, has been potrayed in the biopic, Jasrangi .
  • The documentary ‘Khayal’ helps us to understand the characteristics of various gharanas or schools such as the Jaipur, Gwalior, Mewati and Kirana gharana and contributions made by their leading exponents to Khayal Gayaki.


  • Film Amir Khanportrays the life and works of Ustad Amir Khan, founder of the Indore Gharana, known for his intellectual approach to music .


  • M S Subbulakshmiis a comprehensive biopic on Bharat Ratna, M S Subbulakshmi.
  • It depicts her illustrious journey and immense contribution to the ancient and glorious tradition of Carnatic music.
  • Especially her bhajans with extra ordinary bhakti bhavana that moved great personalities including Mahatma Gandhi to tears.

Known as the ‘Pitamaha‘ (the grand sire) of modern Carnatic Music, a veteran Carnatic musician and teacher, Semmangudi Sreenivasa Iyer was a dedicated artist.

  • ‘Semmangudi Sreenivasa Iyer’ is a brief biopic on artist’s extraordinary skill of producing soulful music in a traditional temperament.


Bharat Ratna Pt. Bhimsen Joshi, great Hindustani exponent of the Kirana gharana and an expert in khayal gayaki. 

  • Pt. Bhimsen Joshi is a biographical film that takes us to the maestro’s enthralling concerts, analyses his passion for different ragas and attempts to uncover the man behind the music icon.
  • Another exponent of Kirana Gharana and known for her deep and powerful voice, Gangubai Hangal was a disciple of great maestro Sawai Gandharwa.


  • Documentry Girija Devi peeps into the life and works of an eminent classical singer, an exponent of the Seniya and Banaras Gharanas.
  • She was credited with elevating the profile of Thumri Gayaki and her repertoire included the semi-classical genres like kajri, chaiti, hori and many more.



  • ‘Dhrupad’ as the name suggests is on ‘Dhrupad Raag‘.

Though it is improvised in its existing form, roots of Dhrupad can be traced back to a thousand years of living traditions.

  • This film helps us to understand the nuances as well as reasons for the popularity of Dhrupad among music lovers.
  • The  world  of  classical  music  has  a  special  affection  for  Tarana  bandish.


  • Through   Tarana, one gets to know the characteristics of this popular bandish .

It is a unique style that employs mnemonic syllables like ‘dar-dar or ‘dir-dir‘ in its compositions.

  • Khayalnuma‘ is a variant of the Tarana that is also presented in this film.
  • Siddheswari is a work of experimentation, dedicated to the life and musical journey of legendary Hindustani singer, Siddheswari Devi.
  • This film underlines her invaluable contribution to the world of light classical music.

      IASbhai WINDUP: 

Raagotsav attempts to not only showcase the best classical music talents India has produced over centuries but also to rekindle and re-invent the spirit of pure music for ‘rasikas’ in India and across the globe.

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     SOURCES:THE HINDU & PIB | Raagotsav II | UPSC


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