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Bandish Bandits – A Subtle Fusion Of Indian Classical And Pop Music

Bandish Bandits – a musical saga which binds the Indian classical music with pop and bitter sweet-moments of life.

The web-series, recently released on Amazon Prime Video, directed by Anand Tiwari which is a melodious journey that starts and ends with music.

Bandish‘ in Indian classical music means a musical composition with a rhythmic cycle and has words in the form of poetry.

The series uses the beautiful backdrop of Jodhpur city of Rajasthan to give the feel of pure Indian classical touch which is used appropriately in the story.

The story revolves around the life of Radhe which is played by Ritwik Bhowmik who is a musical prodigy of Rathore Gharana and has been learning Indian classical music by his grandfather and Guru played by Naseeruddin Shah.

Naseeruddin Shah plays a major role in the series as he guides Radhe to sing in the upcoming competition of Sangeet Samrat of Jodhpur.

The female protagonist enters the life of Radhe where he gets introduced to a pop singer Tamanna played by Shreya Chaudhary.

Radhe and Tamanna are contradictory to each other as Radhe is a young Indian classical singer and Tamanna is a modern millennial girl who is also a famous pop star.

Hurdles and twist emerge slowly and gradually as the story continues. The life of Radhe takes dramatic turns. He struggles to save his family from falling apart along with his love life and also prepare for the music competition.

It is the first-ever web-series that totally focus upon music especially Indian classical music with of subtle mixture of pop.

The web-series focuses upon the different areas of Indian classical music such as ‘taal‘, ‘raag‘, ‘dhrupad‘, ‘thumri‘, ‘jod‘, etc. which is beautifully incorporated inside the story.

The classical song ‘Lab Par Aaye‘ is sung by Jawed Ali and another song ‘Sajan Bin‘ is a fusion of Indian Classical and Pop is among the various songs of the web-series which is sung and composed by the musical trio- Shankar Mahadevan, Ehsaan Noorani and Lot Mendonsa also famously known as Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy.

Bandish Bandits is the musical treat for the music lovers, it slowly submerges everyone into music and leaves everyone mesmerised in the end.

The story started a little bit slow with seems quite necessary, but it can also bore the audience for few minutes, the experience can differ for the non-music audience or the ones who are less exposed to the genre of Indian classical music.

The musical tale picks up the trip of the audience’s attention and will leave you awestruck in the last episode.

The other cast of Bandish Bandits- Sheeba Chaddha, Rajesh Tailang, Amit Mistry, Atul Kulkarni, Rahul Kumar, Rituraj Singh, Kunal Roy Kapur also played an outstanding and major role from their part.

Overall, once the audience starts watching, then he or she will be mesmerised by the song, composition, plot which will make sure that the audience watches the next episode.

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