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For the Hindi film, see Bandish (film).

Bandish, Cheez or Gat[1] is a fixed, melodic composition in Hindustani vocal or instrumental music.[2] It is set in a specific raga, performed with rhythmic accompaniment by a tabla or pakhavaj, a steady drone, and melodic accompaniment by a sarangi, violin or harmonium. There are different ways of systematizing the parts of a composition. A bandish provides the literature element in the music, for standard structured singing. In the past many gharanas protected their bandishes from moving out of the family with gross incoherent vocal renditions.[3] In the realm of vocal music, it is often known as Cheez. [4]


The word Bandish is derived from Hindi language, and literally means "binding together". [4]


Sthāyī or Asthāyī: The initial, Rondo phrase or line of a fixed, melodic composition.

Antarā: The first body phrase or line of a fixed, melodic composition.

Sanchāri: The third body phrase or line of a fixed, melodic composition, seen more typically in Dhrupad bandishes.

Aabhog: The fourth and concluding body phrase or line of a fixed, melodic composition, seen more typically in Dhrupad bandishes.


There are three variations of Bandish, regarding tempo:

Vilambit Bandish: A slow and steady melodic composition, usually in Largo to Adagio speeds.

Madhyalaya Bandish: A medium tempo melodic competition, usually set in Andante to Allegretto speeds.

Drut Bandish: A fast tempo melodic composition, usually set to Allegretto speed, and onwards.

See also[edit]

Portal icon Indian classical music portal


  1. ^ Bagchee, Sandeep (1998). Nād: Understanding Rāga Music. BPI (India) PVT Ltd. p. 328. ISBN 81-86982-07-8. 
  2. ^ http://www.sadarang.com/glossary1.htm
  3. ^ http://www.hinduonnet.com/thehindu/mp/2003/03/03/stories/2003030300530200.htm
  4. ^ a b Ashok Damodar Ranade (2006). Music Contexts: A Concise Dictionary of Hindustani Music. Bibliophile South Asia. pp. 71–. ISBN 978-81-85002-63-7. Retrieved 20 July 2013. 

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Thu, 18 Dec 2014 06:48:45 -0800

The next raga chosen by her was Sawani Kalyan in which she sang the traditional bandish, “Dev dev satsang”, supposed to have been composed by Alladiya Khan himself. By this time, her voice had considerably warmed up and, consequently, her rendering ...

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Fri, 28 Nov 2014 10:00:00 -0800

Her vilambit bandish “Kaun Gata Bhai” performance was followed by a well-decorated ektaal drut bandish “Beg Beg Beg Beg Aao”. The distinctive features of her performance included exquisite akar taan, meend, gamaki akar bistar, bahelowa and bolbut.

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Sat, 29 Nov 2014 10:04:42 -0800

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Sat, 13 Dec 2014 21:21:13 -0800

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Mon, 15 Dec 2014 05:23:58 -0800

'Vibhushitanang Riputamang,' a vintage Jasraj bandish was the next composition set in Sankara. This raag is close to Hamsadhwani, Sharma told her audience. Some of them must have wondered what an alert mind it takes to either deploy or omit the ...
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Tue, 16 Dec 2014 21:34:59 -0800

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