Navarasa Nisha Satpute

Old essence in a new bottle: In conversation with Nisha Satpute of collaborative ghazal project Navarasa

A group of friends, comprising of classical and semi-classical musicians, dancers, instrumentalists, and sound engineers, banded together during the pandemic, to work on a conceptual album of nine ghazals written by Pune-based Hindustani Classical singer Nisha Satpute. Slated for release in December, the project titled Navarasa has been attracting backers on Wishberry from all corners of the world, with just one ghazal under its belt. A Humming Heart spoke to Satpute, who is at the helm of this experimental project, to find out how it all began.

A 23-year-old poet and aspiring filmmaker, Nisha who’s grown up with the radio, Bollywood music, and regional Marathi songs from the 90s, does not exactly fit the mould of your typical millennial. Developing an interest in classical music was “as natural as going to sleep”, she tells AHH. “I used to accompany my father for his vocal classes at renowned artistes Bela and Sawani Shende’s,” she adds, marvelling, “Sawani Tai’s room, decorated with flowers, incense and a tanpura, looked like an altar for Goddess Saraswati.” 

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