In Love With the Hindustani Raga

Anith Sadanand, a Hindustani singer, is into hosting regular concerts and, in a quick chat, the singer shares his justifications for taking that so-called risk

Published: 13th February 2014 08:01 AM  |   Last Updated: 13th February 2014 10:18 AM   |  A+A-


Techies and Hindustani music appear to be a rare combination and here is this singer from Kozhikode who is exactly into it. While most of them would hunt for white-collared jobs in blue chip companies, Anith Sadanand decided otherwise. Discovering the theories and ‘finesse’ of Hindustani music, this young singer has successfully carved out a career in it, something which the fresh generation hesitates to do. Anith Sadanand is a well-known figure among Hindustani music lovers. He is into hosting regular concerts and in a quick chat, the singer shares his justifications for taking that so-called risk.

“I am a much happier person these days. And I am glad that I took that big decision in life to be a singer and not an IT employee. Not everyone can be a singer,” he smiles. Anith pursued his MCA and even got himself enrolled in a year-long postgraduate diploma course in audio engineering in Palakkad. “This course took me into the depths of audio post production and I also got acquainted with the process of making digital music. I learnt the art of recording and mixing music. That was definitely a brief stint in my life where I got to know digital music and its different aspects.”

The diploma did land him in one of the leading studios in Mumbai. “But again I felt so hollow, because never in my wildest dream I cherished an ambition to be a technical employee. Audio engineering is definitely a marvellous field to work in, but it never attracted me. Even at that period in my life when I was in a hostel and was completely away from  musicdom, I knew I couldn’t stay away from it for so long,” he says.

Not surprisingly, he found a place under the disciples’ list of Pandit Ramesh Narayan. “He was the person who took me into the depths of Hindustani music, nourishing me with a strong foundation on which right now I am trying to build my career as a Hindustani singer.”

Right now, Anith is undergoing training under Pandit Rattan Mohan Sharma, who is the seniormost disciple and nephew of Pandit Jasraj, under the charisma of Mewathi Gharana. “Under his guidance, I have made a comeback to classical singing. The journey had been rigorously tough, but Rattanji’s guidance is a pillar of strength that a hardcore Hindustani music lover like me can bank upon always.”

The singer has hosted several concerts across the state and he gives the complete credit to his family. “To prosper we need a solid moral support and I am glad I have plenty from my dear ones. At a time when parents compete in the name of their kids’ employment, my parents stood with me thick and thin and supported me in all my decisions,” he winds up with a smile. 

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