Sanhita Nandi

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Sanhita Nandi
Occupation(s) Hindustani Classical vocalist, Kirana Gharana

Sanhita Nandi is a prominent Hindustani classical vocalist of the Kirana Gharana.[1][2] The central motif of her style is slow tempo raga development (voice culture, voice throw, and tonal application) and ornamented sargams.Sanhita Nandi has rightly established herself as a leading exponent of Khayal, earning high acclaim from discerning critics and enthusiastic audiences on an international scale. Sanhita has developed a distinctive singing style based on firm grounding of traditional training (or taleem), combining pure lyricism with impeccable technique.To further enrich her repository of Kirana Lineage and traditional compositions, Sanhita continues to get trained under the able guidance of Ustad Mashkoor Ali Khan.The heart of her music is the slow, leisurely development of Raag Bhava in Merukhand style in Ati vilambit. The vistar is richly embellished by meend, harkat, and sargams. As the badhat gets slowly ornamented in the choicest pearls of melodic variations that build the sculpture of the raga, it slowly gets decorated into faster tempo where it befriends sargams, chota khayal, tarana and soft silky sapat taans .Extreme care is taken not to disrupt the Raag Bhava even in faster tempo .Even the phirat adds to the wet, warmth of feelings embedded in the raga.

Sanhita maintains an elegant balance between the traditional and the original. She builds the citadel of her Khayal on the firm foundations of Kirana Gharana and erects the pillars of original creativity with her profound individuality that she has carefully nurtured.

Early life[edit]

Sanhita Nandi was trained under the late Pandit A. Kanan of Kirana Gharana,[3] the senior most guru at the ITC Sangeet Research Academy.


Sanhita Nandi performing in Sawai Gandharva in Pune
Sanhita Nandi performing in Tansen Sangeet Samaroh in Gwalior
Sanhita Nandi performing in Harballabh Sangeet Sammelan

Sanhita Nandi has travelled extensively to perform, both within and outside of India. She has been invited to perform at India's top prime music festivals such as Sawai Gandharva Music Festival; Tansen Samaroh in Gwalior; Saptak Festival of Music in Ahmedabad;Harballabh Sangeet Sammelan in Jalandhar; ITC Sangeet Research Academy in Kolkata; SPIC MACAY;Gururao Deshpande Sangeet Sabha in Bangalore; Laxmi Narayan Sangeet Samaroha in Amritsar;Parampara Dance and Music Festival, Samaagamaa Festival, and KM Music Conservatory in Chennai; Ustad Rahmat Khan Sangeet Sammelan in Dharwad; Samrat Sangeet Sammelan in Goa; Yashwant Rao Chauhan Smriti Sangeet Samaroha in Maharashtra; Glimpses of Kirana Gharana Music Festival in Hyderabad; Dadar Matunga Cultural Center and Sangit Mahabharti in Mumbai.

She has been also invited to all major music concerts in abroad (USA & Canada) such as Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts; in Philadelphia;Philadelphia Museum of Art; Chhandayan All Night concert in NY, Cornell University; Drexel University ; Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Boston, Learn Quest Classical Music conference in Boston,Arohi classical music festival in Toronto, Royal Alberta Museum in Edmonton, Raag Mala concerts at Calgary & Edmonton (Canada), Rag Samay Philadelphia Crossroad music festival and many more.


Further reading[edit]

  • Torch-bearers of Kirana gharana, and their followers:[4]
  • Classical singer casts spell:[5]
  • One people One Voice:[6]
  • Sanhita Nandi impresses with precise taans, rhythmic taals:[7]
  • Cruising along melodic scales:[8]
  • Versatile Sanhita Nandi:[9]
  • LearnQuest Presents Top Hindustani Style Musicians:[10]
  • Prominent exponent of Kirana Gharana:[11]
  • Tansen Samaroh 2014:[12]


  1. ^ Revathi, R. (2011-12-08). "Arts in the open space". The Hindu. Chennai, India. 
  2. ^ "Here's treat for music aficionados". The Times Of India. 
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  4. ^ "Torch bearers of Kirana Gharana". Times of India. 2011-01-26. Retrieved 2011-01-26. 
  5. ^ "Classical singer casts spell". The tribune. 2013-12-12. Retrieved 2013-12-12. 
  6. ^ "One people One voice". Indian Express. 2011-07-17. Retrieved 2011-07-17. 
  7. ^ "Sanhita Nandi impresses with precise taans". Indian Express. 2009-01-09. Retrieved 2009-01-09. 
  8. ^ "Crusing along melodic scales". Chennai, India: The Hindu. 2011-04-01. Retrieved 2011-04-01. 
  9. ^ "Versatile Sanhita Nandi". Mumbai Mirror. 2011-07-17. Retrieved 2011-07-17. 
  10. ^ "LearnQuest Presents Top Hindustani Style Musicians". India New England. 2014-03-21. Retrieved 2014-03-21. 
  11. ^ "Prominent exponent of Kirana Gharana". MAD Updates. 2013-09-19. Retrieved 2013-09-19. 
  12. ^ "Tansen Samaroh 2014". Soul Steer. 2014-12-26. Retrieved 2014-12-26.