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News |  20 Apr 2017 18:46 |  By RnMTeam

Nothing is bigger than our traditional music: Naviin Gandharv

MUMBAI:  Indian classical musician Naviin Gandharv who happens to be the only Belabaharr – a musical instrument invented by his father Pt.Babulal Gandharv -- player of the present generation is on the mission to exhibit the power of Indian music and to claim his position as a Belabaharr artist in the Indian music industry. 

It’s a proven fact that Indian classical music and musicians do not have many takers in our country, but with EDM and hip-hop leading the music space, the genre is almost diminishing. Musicians like Gandharv continue to struggle in this world of modern beats not just to create a place for themselves, but for their passion for Indian classical instruments. This keeps them going. 

Gandharv comes from a musician’s family, his grandfather Pt.Kashiram Gandharv played the Sarangi and so, did his father Pt.Babulal Gandharv, who later went on to invent Belabaharr, which is competent in producing unheard phrases. 

A young Gandharv took a liking for tabla something that he perused as a career, till he felt his father’s musical creation needed to be promoted on a larger scale. Thus, he turned to Belabaharr, but his love for the tabla stayed intact.

The musician is a part of a great lineage, but yet to be exposed to limelight he deserves.He continues to live a very simple life with his family.  Though in hard times he refuses to take up other means of making money. He is passionate about Indian classical music and he wishes to promote it, until his last breath.

“I think that music should sound like music and not, just any sound. Moreover, nothing is bigger than our traditional music,” stated the musician who is often seen trying to promote Indian classical music.

The musician also has an album to his credit, titled ‘The Royal Touch’. This album was created in 2008 by him and his band Anuraaj classical which has a unique mix of ‘Raag’ and ‘Taal’ representing a new dimension of classical music.

The album has six phenomenal songs and undoubtedly the taal plays a very important role in it. Naviin believes that real music lovers of any age will love this album.

Check the album here -

However, Gandharv isn’t disheartened with the lack of acceptance for classical music. He is hopeful. “I love traditional music. I did not plan on taking this up as a profession, but it happened,” ended the musician.