Basant Bahar Music Fest Showcases Superb Talent

As the deep sonorous voice of vocalist Jayanti Sahasrabuddhe filled the Kresge auditorium here on Feb 19th, Bay Area -based group Basant Bahar made its point tellingly. Sahasrabuddhe was showcased by the classical music enthusiastic group in the first annual music festival. She has trained under noted vocalist Veena Sahasrabuddhe working closely with Veenaji for many years and she has provided vocal support for Veenaji is some of the most prestigious classical music concerts.

She began her presentation with Raga Gavati. Her voice has a particular gravitas which enriched her presentation as she began the slow sweet introduction of her composition. She then created the mood of the raga with delicately nuanced flourishes, presented fast cyclical taans, and moved onto a faster tempo, tackling the challenge of a quicker, demanding series of notes with confidence and verve. In her composition in Raga Hansadhvani characterized by sprightly internodal movements, Jayanti was more playful, displaying an arresting flair for fluid melody.

Sahasrabuddhe concluded her presentation with a raga-based Meera bhajan, The bhajan’s musical flourishes shone like jewels with stunning transitions of notes ably showcased by Jayanti. Its magical appeal, however, lay in the ineffable sweetness of its melody, which captured with charm the soulful ardor of Meera’s spiritual quest.

The performance was enlivened by the spirited playful give and take of brief sawal jawab sessions between the vocalist, harmonium player Vivek Datar,sarangi player Ramesh Mishra and Pandit Swapan Chaudhuri’s presence at the tabla lent a special glamour.

~ by Ashfaque Swapan for India West newspaper, Stanford, California

A treat for the senses:

Rasa Manjari, a combined concert featuring Hindustani vocalist Veena Sahasrabuddhe and Kathak      Maestro Birju Maharaj Veena’s Radhika Raas Khelan stood out as her best piece of the evening. Jayanti on the tanpura lent superb vocal support.

~ Amarendra Dhaneshwar for The Independent

A festival of Music:  The Akhil Gandharva Mahavidyalaya Mandal is celebrating its diamond jubilee in association with Nehru Center.

Befittingly, the honour of the apex position in the festival belonged to the Gwalior Gharana as represented by Veena Sahasrabuddhe. Her Shankara and Kamod were non the less creditably sung with active support from Jayanti.

~ Sumit Savur for Indian Express


One Thousand Minds/A Modicum of Passion (Abaton Book Company)

Abaton Book Company has carved a niche for itself by offering high-quality music by a unique roster of talents. Their latest CDs give a sense of Abaton’s range: One Thousand Minds by Veena Sahasrabuddhe, The different songs lengths give a nice sense of Sahasrabuddhe’s breadth as well as her passionate elegance.  The musicians on the CD – Sanjay Deshpande on tabla, Dr. Sudhanshu Kulkarni on harmonium, and Jayanti Sahasrabuddhe (her daughter-in-law) on tanpura and vocal support – are also impressive. All three play with great feeling, and they set up a wealth of mesmerizing rhythms that give Sahasrabuddhe room to fly.

~Review by Florence Wetzel

Gwalior Gayaki ki Samrudh Parampara: (in HIndi)

जयंती सहस्रबुद्धे का गायन ग्वालियर परंपरा के अनुरूप हैं और इसकी निष्ठापूर्ण साधना उल्लेखनीय हैं.
आवाज़ सधी हैं और बंदिशो की पूर्णता व तान प्रणाली से राग-रूप अच्छा निखरता हैं
राग का प्रस्फुटन प्राणदान होने लगा और उसकी प्रकार तान वैविश्य भी प्रकट हुआ
जयंती ने अपने गायन का आरंभ राग भूपाल तोड़ी से किया. इसमें दो बंदिशों एवं तराना मे विस्तार व बोल तानो-आकार तानो की प्रस्तुति अच्छी रही. जयंती ने इसमें तराना पेश किया.बाद मे राग शुद्ध सारंग तराना की प्रस्तुती प्रशंसनीय रही.
जयंती ने अपने गायन का समापन भैरवी मे भजन से किया
संगतकार हार्मोनीयम पे अजय जोगलेकर एवं तबले पे संजय देशपांडे रहे

~ Navbharat Times:1998 Madanlaal Vyas,

Chhandayan’s All Night Festival celebrated Hindustani Classical Music

Vidushi Veena Sahasrabuddhe’s open-throated, deeply melodious classical presentation had an almost “austere” quality about it. Imaginative vocal support by Jayanti Sahasrabuddhe enhanced the singing with a touch of rich synchronicity.

~ Lok Vani, Shuchita Rao