Dr. Shambhavi Das
Doctorate in Indian Classical
An Indian Vocalist and a Writer who likes to Dance
Reach me at surdemyATgmailDOTcom
Since childhood, I had a passion for music. I spent hours listening to all genres of music, be it classical, folk, semi-classical, light etc. My mother guided me enthusiastically, as she is a great singer too. Therefore, my intense interest and dedication destined me to the path of music, where I found my rooms for peace of mind and contentment.
Becoming successful or acquire fame is neither in my hands, nor I crave for that, but I do have a true desire and aspiration to sing wholeheartedly and with feel. I should feel blissful, blessed and proud with my singing: that’s the definition of success and achievement for me, no matter, I get any external approval or criticism. I am happy that I find myself on that level.
To listen to my music: my favorite songs and bandish
“Teaching/sharing out a specialised field enhances knowledge”, I have fully experienced this quote. Since a few years, teaching music, especially pure classical has become my passion. I had been to the States for a short period of time and ran a small music school. It was overwhelmingly amazing to find my students loved me as a teacher; or when their voices, singing techniques gradually improved. Therefore, I heartily welcome the music lovers or amateurs, who wish to learn.
I have also created an online Indian Classical Music vocal course for beginners on an America-based online teaching website/platform called Udemy.com. Here is the link:
In addition, I am in love with the upcoming aspect of music: music therapy. I am a music therapist, and one of my goals is to kick start music therapy clinic, to heal the world through tunes and sounds. I am seeking guidance for music therapy from Dr. Rajam Shankar. Currently, I am also treating the Autistic kids with music intervention with a renowned Music Therapist, Dr. Meenakshi Ravi in her clinic ‘Meera Trust’ in Hyderabad.
Connecting with NGOs: “Being an achiever than being successful is the most divine life journey one can have” these are my thoughts. Transcending the mankind, nation, self and our associated stream (Field) in the form of serving others is the most purposeful existence you can have. Therefore, I am associated and work regularly in the NGOs like Ishva Foundation, founded by Haimanti Paul Sarkar and Sparsh Hospice (Banjara Hills).
RELEVANT SPEECHES ON MUSIC THERAPY
2018, August 18th: University College of Arts & Social Sciences, Osmania University, Topic: Significance of Yoga and Meditation in Performing Arts for National Integration.
2018: December 2nd: National conference of Indian Music Therapy Association (IMTA) New Delhi: Talk on “Scientific Analysis and Harmonization of the Three Humour ‘Doshas’ Through Music Intervention or Healing Sounds”
2018: December 8th: National Symposium on Autism, University of Punjab, Chandigarh. Talk on Rehab Music Therapy in Autism.
2019: January 19th: Music Therapy Workshop by BhArtIya KalA SamskrUti, Phoenix Arena Hyderabad, Talk on “Therapeutic Significance of Listening to Appropriate Tunes on the Appropriate Time Zones” (Related Story on Medium)
2019 February 23rd: Music Therapy Conference/Workshop by IMTA Hyderabad Chapter, Phoenix Arena-Hyderabad. Talk on “Steps to Promote/Popularize Music Therapy in India Considering the Present Scenario”
RELEVANT PERFORMANCE HISTORY
2018 May- Performed Ghazal and Classical vocal in Indie Mix at ‘The Circuit’ Hyderabad
2018 March – Performed at Apollo Foundation, organised by Bharatiya Kala Samskruthi
2018 – Performed at Bhartiya Kala Samskruthi, Hyderabad
2017- Performed in Nada Music Therapy Workshop, Delhi.
2017 – Performed recently in Trendset, Hyderabad.
2015- Performed at IIIT Music Club, Allahabad.
2014 – Performed in Bharatiya Temple, Troy, Michigan
2013 – Collaborated and performed with Sumkali Indian music group, University of Michigan, invited by the Michigan schools to offer lecture-demonstrations to kids, introducing and teaching them Indian music.
2012 – Worked for cultural programs in India-Day festival, Michigan
Performed light music, ghazal, bhajan programs Prayag Sangeet Samiti Allahabad, Pratibha Utsav – Triveni Kala Sangam, New Delhi (2007), NCZCC, Allahabad
2006 – Achieved First runner-up in Ghazal Sara programme, ETV urdu, 2006, Pratibha Utsav, Triveni Kala Sangam, Delhi, Cultural Council, Shyama Prasad Mukherji College, University of Delhi,
2010 – Performed Rotary club Allahabad, Sangam Kala Group, Delhi, NCZCC
2007 – Classical Vocal Performance at Daulat Ram College, University of Delhi
2006 – Ghazal Performance at St. Stephen’s College, University of Delhi.
2005 – Performance at Gandhi Bhawan, University of Delhi. Recorded my own private duet-CD of UP folk style- kajri chaiti, saawan, barahmasa.
2002 – Given Two Group Performances in Sitar in ‘Sound of Music’ at Saraswati Ghat, Allahabad
During childhood, recorded folk songs for an NGO, SANSARG, Patna, Bihar
RELEVANT PROFESSIONAL HISTORY
All my full published papers titled below can be viewed on academia.edu
Published Paper & Presentations:
“Integration of Music in Teaching/Learning Process in Schools”, Osmania University, Hyderabad.
Therapeutic effects of Indian music on neuro-cognitive, & acquired brain injuries Rayat Bahra University, Chandigarh.
Significant Aspects to Popularise Music Therapy in India
Thumri and its Allied forms (in Mumbai University)
Role of Music in Human Life (in Savitribai Phule, University of Pune, Pune)
Role of Manuscripts in Indian Classical Music (M.S.U, Baroda)
Presented Paper on ‘Analytical Study of the Relevance of Establishing Music as a Subject in Schools’ (Naad Nartan Journal of Dance and music, New Delhi)
Shastriya Sangeet Ki Vibhinna Gaayan Shailiyan (Hindi)- (Sangeet Sanjeevni, Kanpur University)
Sanskritik Chetna Ke vikas me Sangeet Ka Yogdan (Hindi)
Therapeutic Aspects of Indian Classical Music (Delhi University)
Role of Media and Technology in Indian Classical Music (Mumbai University.
AWARDS AND ACHIEVEMENTS
2018- Awarded ‘Best Teacher Award’by SCL Rhythm Maestro Award Group, Mumbai
2017- Awarded special ‘Award of Excellence’ in Music Therapy Course, Nada Centre for Music Therapy, Delhi
2011 – Awarded Special award by Pratibha Utsav
2009 – Awarded from Ministry of Culture, Delhi
2007 -Awarded national scholarship from MHRD Ministry of Culture, in ghazal category for 2 years.
2002 onwards – Artiste in All India Radio, Allahabad in sugam sangeet category (ghazal, folk music, bhajan, geet)
RELEVANT TEACHING HISTORY
2015 – Present – My Music Institute SURDEMY (For Online and In-person Classes)
2013 – Present – Created online Indian Classical Music vocal course on an online teaching website/platform called www.udemy.com Here are the links:
Learn the basics of Ghazal: An Indian Genre
Present – Writer in B-Positive Magazine
2012 -2015 – Offered Music Tuitions in Michigan, US for three years.
2008 – 2009 – Worked as Music Teacher at Kendriya Vidyalaya, Kangra (HP) for 1 Year 7 months
2007 – 2008 – Worked as Music Teacher in Vikas Bharti Public School, Delhi for 4 months
2006 -Initially worked as a part-time Music Teacher in Bal Bharti Kendra, Rohini Branch, Delhi
2005 – Worked as a part-time Music teacher in Sangeet Bharti, Mandi house. New Delhi.
Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Indian classical music (vocal) from Department of music, Delhi University (Dec 2010 – June 2012) under the guidance of Dr. Ojesh Pratap Singh
Research Topic: ‘Analysis of Gayaki and Composition of Ustad Vilayat Hussain Khan’
Music Therapy Course from Nada Centre for Music Therapy, Delhi (2016 January – 2017 February).
Master’s in philosophy (MPhil) in Indian Classical Vocal Music from Dept. Of Music, D.U
Master of Arts (M.A.) in Indian classical music (Vocal), Ist div (60%) Dept. Of Music, DU
Bachelor of Arts (B.A Hons) in Indian Classical Music (vocal) Ist div (68%) Dept. Of Music,
Majored in Piano, Journalism and creative Writing, Schoolcraft College, 2013, Michigan, USA
Achieved Special scholarship and appraisal from PHI-THETA-KAPPA.
Completed Fifth Year (Post-Prabhakar) (all with first Div) From Prayag Sangeet Samiti, Allahabad.
Completed 2nd year in sitar instrumental and Kathak, from Prayag Sangeet Samiti, Allahabad
GURUS & GUIDANCE
Groomed by my mother Smt. Prabha Das
Pursued Vocal music training under Pt. Shantaram Vishnu Kashalkar
In Delhi, Achieved special guidance Classical Raga Talim by Mrs. Maya Bhattacharya
Achieved Ghazal Gayaki Talim by Ms. Charanjeet Soni, in Bharatiya Kala Kendra, Delhi.
Achieved voice Production Techniques from Dr. Soma Singh & Dr. Ojesh Pratap Singh
Currently, taking music therapy classes from Dr. Rajam Shankar