Youngsters reviving the archaic language Sanskrit through India’s First Sanskrit Band – Dhruvaa


At a time when westernization is conquering almost every domain of our culture and lifestyle, the richest asset of Indian tradition- its art forms are losing significance in the minds of the citizens, especially the youth. These art forms can be practiced and conserved only if their essence and soul is felt by the artists in true sense. Meeting the quest, taking a small step ahead, arose a few musicians who desire to revive the practice of the holy Sanskrit language and Indian classical music. The enthralling melody of the Sanskrit Shlokas blended with rocking western tunes arouses a mesmerizing harmony in the ears and a refreshing sense of spirituality in the hearts of the audience of DHRUVAA- a Sanskrit Band originated in Bhopal.

“The idea came up on a holy day of Vasant Panchami and it gradually proved to be successful”, says Sanjay Dwivedi, the founder of Dhruvaa. A post graduate and doctorate in Sanskrit and Musicology, Dr. Sanjay Dwivedi has been a classical singer and performer since last 10 years, during which he realized that there is just a handful of audience who appreciate and understand classical traditional music especially that in Sanskrit. What makes the scenario even more shameful is that Sanskrit, being the mother language of India and Indian classical music, being an asset to the Indian Culture is losing attention since the past few years because of the influence of western music. Realizing the need of the hour, Dr. Dwivedi gave music a new definition altogether as he constituted the fusion of Indian and western tunes.

Smriti Zubin Irani (Minister of Human Resource Development) with Dhruvaa Band Members
Smriti Zubin Irani (Minister of Human Resource Development) with Dhruvaa Band Members

“The soul of the music we create lies in the richness of the Indian Classical Music and what adds a flavor to it is the western style of presenting and performing the Sanskrit Shlokas and Mantras”, explains Dr. Dwivedi. The contrasting feature of the band is that they try to simplify their songs in term of language so that it is understandable and enjoyable, especially for the youth which is their target audience. It is for this motive they practice a fusion of the Indian and western music.

The harmonic mantras of Rigveda like “asato mā sadgamaya, tamasomā jyotir gamaya, mrityormāamritam gamaya”, the sholkas of Bhaja Govindam composed by Adi Shankaracharya, the rhythmic mantras of Shiv Tandav, Gita Govindam, Madhurashtakam, etc, performed by the band fills the auditorium with an aura of divinity and holiness. Apart from these, the band also creates their original compositions on poems and prose which describe about the social life of a common man. They have also performed the Geet Jeevaram written by Professor Radhavallabh, which describes the struggles of life through the tale of a sailor. The band has also performed legendary compositions like Vande Mataram and is presently working on the Sanskrit version of the Madhya Pradesh Gaan. The synchronization of the melodic traditional instruments like taanpura, harmonium, bansuri, tabla, pakhaavaj and sitar in fusion with the western instruments like guitar and drums beautify the philharmonic compositions.

Members of Dhruvaa Band : Dr. Sanjay Dwivedi (Founder, Music Composer & Lead Singer), Mr. Vidyadhar Amte (Flute), Vaibhav Santore (Vocal), Gyaneshwari Parsai (Vocal), Rahul Dilare (Tabla, Pakhawaj & Accoustic Percussions), Sunny Sharma (Drums & Percussion), Aatif Saeed (Guitar), Bhawani Malviya (Keybord & Melodica)
Members of Dhruvaa Band : Dr. Sanjay Dwivedi (Founder, Music Composer & Lead Singer), Mr. Vidyadhar Amte (Flute), Vaibhav Santore (Vocal), Gyaneshwari Parsai (Vocal), Rahul Dilare (Tabla, Pakhawaj & Accoustic Percussions), Sunny Sharma (Drums & Percussion), Aatif Saeed (Guitar), Bhawani Malviya (Keybord & Melodica)

Dhruvaa has performed and sensitized the music lovers at various platforms like Rashtriya Sanskrit Sansthan at Bhopal and Delhi, NCERT Delhi, Hindi Bhawan at Bhopal, NSD Delhi at Bharangam, Doordarshan, Akashwani and BBC Media. The immensely talented artists whose combined musical efforts make Dhruvaa stand apart from the mob of musical groups are the vocalists Sanjay Dwivedi, Vaibhav, Gyaneshwari, the percussionist Rahul Dilaare, the flutist Vidhyadhar Amte, the keyboardist Bhavani Malvi, the guitarist Atif Sayeed and the drummer Sunny Sharma.

Dhruvaa is still on the trail of bringing back a sense of belongingness amongst the Indian youth towards their own forgotten traditional art and culture.

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