East Meets West Music

UTSAV! Arghyam


Ashwini Bhide Deshpande, world-renowned classical Hindustani vocalist in the Jaipur-Atrauli Gharana tradition, pays loving tribute to the Maestro, Ravi Shankar. This recording features four Ravi Shankar ragas, performed by Ashwini Bhide Deshpande and overlaid with her lyrical bandishes, as well as one original raga by Deshpande. The selections, both intricate and soaring, feature the talents of Deshpande, who Shankar recognized during his lifetime as a vocalist blessed with both a beautiful voice and the scholarship to retain the spirit of the tradition. Bonus Track: archival recording of Ravi Shankar performing UTSAV Mishra Gara!

UTSAV! is an East Meets West Music series celebrating the life, music and legacy of Ravi Shankar, featuring musicians and students inspired by the Maestro and who continue his mission of peace through music. The first two installments include Arghyam—The Offering by world renowned classical Hindustani vocalist in the Jaipur-Atrauli Gharana tradition Ashwini Bhide Deshpande and Raga & Raj, a set of daring, experimental compositions by Barry Phillips—a long time student of Ravi Shankar—Linda Burman-Hall harpsichordist extraordinaire with Lux Musica Ensemble!



UTSAV Janasanmohini
UTSAV Bairagi Todi
UTSAV Nandadhwani
UTSAV Charukauns
UTSAV Pancham se gara
UTSAV Mishra Gara

  • UTSAV Janasanmohini




Ashwini Bhide Deshpande – Vocals
Pandit Vishwanath Shirodkar – Tabla
Smt Seema Shirodkar – Harmonium



Executive Producers: Shyama Priya, Cat Celebrezze; Music Producer: Shyama Priya, Ashwini Bhide Deshpande; Engineer: Saurabh Kajrekar; Design and Art Direction: Wickstrom Design; Artist Photo: Dilip Bhojane

Recorded at Studio Buss In, Vile Parle, Mumbai, India, March 2010


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