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Batohi

Mumbai, Mahārāshtra, India | Established. Jan 01, 2020 | INDIE

Mumbai, Mahārāshtra, India | INDIE
Established on Jan, 2020
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"She Heals With Music"

Music is a medium that can connect diverse groups of listeners. It is an art form that can have a remarkably soothing effect on all of them. This is something that noted musician Nimisha Shankar is proving during the all-India tour of Chakra Harmonising Raagas’. Shankar, who was recently in Delhi for the tour, is known for exploring and pushing the boundaries in music. Explaining this project, she says, "According to the scriptures, these ragas can balance the chakras (focal points of energy in the body)." She elaborates she had applied her experience in yoga and meditation to this technique.

In this project, Shankar gives the vocals for the raags such as Shyam Kalyan, Darbari, and Bhairav, among others, against electronic music. She explains this fusion by saying, "There’s something about electronic music and its acoustics which really appeals to me. I also like applying what I’ve learned in Indian classical music to this form of instrumental music." She provides another reason for the mix when she says, "It is also an attempt to bridge the gap between people across age groups and their lack of interest in Indian classical music. I hope to bring both worlds together in a small way. I also hope to make all my listeners see the vast and diverse nature of Indian classical music, and the gifts it may have to offer." Yet the open and experimental nature of her methods is apparent when she remarks, "My performances are open to any and all manner of interpretation."

Shankar is collaborating with the Delhi-based Silent Sage, also known as Anupam Singh for this project. Sage has provided arresting contemporary art visuals, displayed through a projector, which accompany Shankar, and add to the overall soothing nature of the music. Shankar and Sage’s mix of jazzy instrumentation with classic ragas, have not failed to appeal and interest all audiences.

Apart from electronic music, Shankar is also interested in the folk music of her native state Bihar. She is also known to experiment with other genres such as Blues and Jazz.

The musician also enjoys alternating between English, Hindi, and Bhojpuri in her music. - India Today


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Nimisha Shankar Life is a journey and I express it through my music

Growing up in Muzaffarpur, Bihar, India in the 1980s and 90s, Nimisha Shankar had a natural interest in music from a young age. Building throughout the years, this interest now serves as the basis for her work: she draws from the learnings at her mom’s school Surangama, her travels with music since the age of three, her life experiences centred around music, the way her musical influences have shaped her journey in life.Her project Batohi captures all of these flavours and is presented through her performances and audio visual content, both solo and in collaboration with other artists.

Nimisha Shankar’s musical education began at a young age. She was trained under the watchful eyes of her mother from the tender age of three. She attended a beautiful school in her hometown, “an institution with a beautiful musical tradition, where the daily musical symphony during assembly would play out for half an hour”, she says. She recalls that it was a great place to learn how to express oneself , to experiment with the crafts and give flight to her musical journey. When her mom took her under the tutelage of her Guru, she began her discovery of ethnic classical music and folk expressions. From that point on, her life took on a new dimension of self expression.

Thus began a journey of creative expression that took her to different corners of the world, initially as part of her mom’s troupe - visiting cities around the country. Soaking in cultural experiences, she had a chance to experience the rich cultural heritage of the land.This gave rise to a lifelong quest of connecting with her roots and the songs from her glorious native soil of Bihar - an ancient seat of knowledge and civilization in the Indian subcontinent.   


This journey has taken her to over fifteen countries across continents, performing to audiences as diverse as kids in a school to the Prime Minister of a country! It is this journey that she has captured and distilled into a creative expression of ethnic folks songs, aptly titled ‘Batohi’ - traveler.

Batohi weaves together all these cultural influences and manifests in the form of a series of songs celebrating local culture. This has resulted in a compilation that Nimisha and her Batohiyas (co travelers) - who form a part of her close circle and band - plan to put out and tour with in the years to come. 


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