Melody of Haveli Sangeet

Jaipur,  Aug 11 : Haveli sangeet originated in the Vedic age and  with the use of Instruments like pakhawaj, tabla, harmonium, surpeti, jhanjh, majeera, bansuri and sarangi, it has acquired a cult status when sung in temples. 
 As a part of the two-day Haveli Sangeet Programme at Jawahar Kala Kendra, a talk on the ‘Devotional Music of Brij’ was held today.
The participants in the talk included stalwarts of Indian classical music like Aastha Goswami, Pt. Chandra Prakash, Pt. Tilak Goswami and Pt. Alok Bhatt.
In temples, the very essence of the song revolves around Krishna bhakti and Radha Krishan leelas. It is sung in the form of kirtans and Bhajans. Haveli Sangeet is a classical music and is meant for class and not masses, added Ms. Goswami. 
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Throwing light on the historical tradition of Haveli Sangeet, Pt. Tilak Goswami said that in the Pushtimargi system of worship, there are four ‘darshans’ or different times of having a glimpse of the lord – Mangla, Shringar, Gwal and Raj bhog. Different ragas are sung before each darshan of the deity. Haveli sangeet flourished in the 16th century when its exponents included the eight poets called ‘ashta chaap kavis’and Sant Surdas. These exponents enriched the tradition and gave it a structure. 
On the occasion, Pt.Chandra Prakash informed that Kishangarh sangeet sung in the temples derives its origin from the age-old Haveli Sangeet. He further added that Haveli sangeet is found in its purest form when sung devotionally in praise of the lord Krishna.
Renowned musician, Pt. Alok Bhatt said that since modern generation is influenced by western music, an innovative way is required to introduce the pads of Haveli Sangeet before the youth.

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