Belabaharr's invention by Pt.Babulal Gandharv is a gift to the music world & a pride of Indians as such a masterpiece has been created here. .People go in trans with the sonorous sound of the unique example of creativity & beautiful visibility too. I can contribute & make India proud with hard work & passion for my father's creation & Indian arts.God has been kind to me for selecting me for a massive venture of being the first one in the Belabaharr legacy and I will try my best totake this forward with my best efforts .
I am glad to share about one of this soul stirring & priceless acoustic instrument of music world & unique Indian classical band of India ."Anuraaj" which is the most highly professional band which actually performs music without compromising to ethics of music .It is indeed one of the best medium to project to audience with modern highlights ,the power of traditional classical music with pure & rich content engaging them with each beat of the concert without Gimmicks & dilution.
There are many artists in the world who achieve success with efforts & passion for their instruments fulfilling their dreams but there are some exceptional ones who dare to fulfill their loved one's dreams on the risk of their own dreams in the most diverse conditions, Naviin Gandharv is the one young multi – talented musician who plays the unique instrument called as ‘Belabaharr’ & the Tabla with equal passion & dexterity with his own distinct style which is a typical blend of the traditional & creative music developed from his mentors legendary Ustad Allarakha & Pt. Babulal Gandharv (the creator of the ’ Belabaharr’).His association with great maestros has polished him to be a dynamic & versatile performer .
It is said that melody & rhythm is a rare & uncommon combination. Like his name he is truly a ‘Gandharv ‘.Born on 20 Dec 1977 in the heart of Dewas Madhya Pradesh where music is cherished since generations being born in the aristocratic family of Pt.Kashiram a celebrated Sarangi Master.He did initial training in tabla from his Nanaji Pt.Mansingh, Pt.Vishwanath Mishra & later grasped the fragrance of Punjab gharana from tabla wizard Ustad Allarakha .Impressed by his talent Ustad Ghulam Ali & Pt Brij Narayan shared with him some priced tabla secrets & intricacies of taal mathematics.As a Tabla player he was going smoothly towards a lusturous concert career but a thought that who will take over his father's legacy of the wonderful instrument 'Belabaharr'. Continuously thinking on this he finally took up the challenge that it can be no one but me himself only & started from a professional tabla player to a beginner in the Belabaharr.
Playing classical solo in one instrument takes more than a lifetime but Navin has taken it as mission to provide his father’s creation Belabaharr ,the status it truly deserves in the music world facing all contradictory odds.Naviin is in fact a talented tabla maestro & loves the tabla but has decided to concentrate on the ‘Belabaharr equally to keep live his father’s legacy with best of efforts
He has won may youth instrumental music competitions like Dalmia Utsav ,Aavishkar,Gokhle Utsav ,He has been Awarded Taal mani from Sursingar samsad ,Shrinathji Samman from sangeet nritya mandal dewas M.P.Performed for various prestigious tribute to legendary maestros like Ustad Abdul halim jaffar ,Ustad Ghulam jaffar khan (Jhansi) ,Acharya Ramnaryan foundation, Gandharva mahavidyalaya, Barsi of Pt.Omkarnath thakur,,Pt Krishna rao Shankar pandit , Pradesh,Ustad rajab ali khan ,durlabh vadya vinod at ustad Allauddin khan music circle Indore M.P & many more .
Naviin has performed for various musical & other institutions like NCPA ,ICCR ,Essar group, Lakme fashion week ,IMG St Xavier’s college,Vedic celebrations, YOUNG STRING MASTERS OF INDIA FOR Kanakia art foundation, Indus internationals, Hindustan times, Sahara india, Celebrate bandra, Osho, Whistling Woods Intenationals, Adyatmik raj gurukulam, Indor stadium OrrissaVLCC Events, IIC India International Centre .Azad Bhavan ,Habitat Ampitheatre ,JW Marriot Mumbai ,Prithvi theatre,Bhavans cultural centre ,Art des film centre, Museum kala ghoda, Devals club KOLHAPUR ,Mayo college Ajmer ,Bombay stock exchange BSE,GSC Mumbai,IYENGAR YOGSABHA ,Hongkong Baptist University ,Delhi International Arts Festival DIAF Bombay Stock Exchange ETC.Upvan Sanskriti arts festival ,singhasth Mahakumbh .He has been successful in creating his own audience & fan following all over by single handed efforts popularizing the Belabaharr & also been loyal to the tabla art.The unique attribute of Naviin is he is one of the rare artists to be selected by ICCR in both the solo instruments.
Naviin’s band ‘ANURAAJ’, is a product of his efficiency in Belabaharr & Tabla which is the only one of its kind which produces music different from all contemporaries, His songs are blended by the nuances of ragas & interesting taal mathematics which is India's traditional heritage presented in a noble style ,Anuraaj is a platform for highly talented youngsters of Indian classical music with a vision to take Indian music art to the highest level in the world.Apart from his solo concerts Naviin with his band including elder brother Devanand Gandharv who is a gifted composer, arranger, keyboardist compose & create wonderful music which cuts across cultural boundaries & appeals to people of all classes & backgrounds. The aesthetics which is a specialty of Naviin’s music goes beyond technicalities producing immense pleasure which can’t be achieved by mere hard practice. His music Album ‘Silver lining’ is running successfully all over the world climbing the sales charts including specials fans in Pakistan & US
In fact the legendary artists like Marat Bisengaliev appreciated his talent . Pt.Hariprasad chaurasia,Pt Ram narayan,Anup Jalota ,Ghulam Ali & many others blessed him that he is going to turn out into an exciting & promising artist of the future generation & prove to be an asset to music world.
Name & year of making : Bela is the hindi name for violin & baharr is the infinite possibilities & pleasure created by its soothing sound & this name had never been used ever before so this new creation was named Belabaharr ,It was invented in 1980 15 april in Mumbai at hindustan naka in a slum which has been demolished in 90’s for new building constructions
The difference with other instruments: There are no fine tunors in a tarab based other instruments which makes easy tuning, It’s give a sweet resonance ,it’s a one piece except the fingerboard ,tail piece ,bridge tunor box & pegs,there are 8 underground tarabs under the fingerboard ,Its belly gives the most beautiful look & sound ,It is the most advanced instrument to play any kind of music with ease,it gives a refined & unique tone rarely like the nightingale lata mangeshkar’s voice,this is probably the only instrument approved by Indian government (akashwani)
Babulalji during his young age learnt vocal & sarangi from his father Pt.Kashiram Gandharv and later was fascinated with the tecnique & versatilily of the violin though his father wasn’t happy with western instrument .Practiced the violin for long as main instrument for commercial work but missed the indianess in sound which the sarangi produced by the sympathetic strings (tarab) .he was not in a position to go back to the sarangi as he had practiced in violin so much .then by goddess Saraswati ‘s grace an idea came to his mind to add the tarab in violin but the violin body made of ply was too weak to handle the intense pressure of so many strings .This was the thought which brought the belabaharr into existance .He got an idea that like the sarangi & the sarod I must work on a solid wood of which the shape would be on the violin base so that his long practice on violin is useful .Then he started working on it & in first attempt he succeeded
Ingrediants used are: 200yrs Old teak wood,rosewood,ivory ,deer horn ,goat skin,Bakelite metal fine tunor ,metal strings 5 main & 23 sympathetic strings (tarab),supporting leather belt
Time used to make it: It was made approximately in 6 months
Performances: It has been played in most forms of music & many solo classical concerts
The Belabaharr is a unique instrument that combines the tonal effect resembling of a Sarangi with the convenience of a Violin at the same time It has its individual Identity created by the thoughts of the former instruments . It is not commercially available as a musical instrument, although it is approved by AIR and Doordarshan. Its commercial rendezvous is restricted to a few pieces in the popular bollywood hits like 1942 A Love Story, Gadar,Damini, LOC Kargil, Refugee etc.The Belabaharr has been a substitute to most varieties of bowing instrument like Dilruba, Tar-shehnai, Ravanhatta, Violin, Sarangi etc.”Undoubtedly it is the modernest form of bow instruments with maximum facilities for any form of music.
The unique sound of Belabaharr has been appreciated by eminent musicians like Padma Vibhushan Pt.Ram Narayan,Ustad Zakir Hussain,A.R.Rahman,,Marat Bisengaliev,Kenny G,Vanessa Mae,Bharat Ratna Lata Mangeshkar,Ustad Ghulam Ali,Laxmikant Pyarelal.Anup Jalota,Naushad sahib ,Khayyam saab,Saint Murari Bapu, etc
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