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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]

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  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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The Hindu
Wed, 28 Jan 2015 16:08:03 -0800

He is the direct descendant of Tansen and has been performing for 75 years. He has performed nearly 3,000 concerts and composed 2,000 bandish , which are being sung by leading Hindustani musicians. In 2013, when he was conferred the Padma ...

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Mon, 26 Jan 2015 16:00:00 -0800

”-Dr. Cynthia Bandish, associate professor of English and chair of the English and language department. Bourassa—“Mark's management style is known for hospitality, attention to detail and organization, and juggling many things simultaneously.
Times of India
Fri, 02 Jan 2015 17:30:00 -0800

The next presentation in line was a composition of the Tanjore Maratha ruler Shahaji Bhosale elucidating the nuanced feelings of longing of a beloved separated from her lover. The bandish 'Sun sakhi piyu mero kaha' unfolded Bhide's immense grace, ...
Hindu Business Line
Fri, 07 Nov 2014 00:48:45 -0800

A sonata is a composition. Any set of notes, with or without words, even when held together ludicrously, is a composition. How, then, is the bandish distinctive? The Indian classical music lexicon is notoriously off-putting, so it's best to look for a ...
Times of India
Sun, 11 Jan 2015 13:49:56 -0800

Nagpur: The concluding day of Vasantotsav was a treat for music lovers. Genre did not matter as Rahul, grandson of Vasantrao Deshpande, along with Swapnil Bandodkar presented 'Swara', a melodious jugalbandi comprising Hindustani classical bandish, ...


Fri, 23 Jan 2015 17:52:30 -0800

... be the convention for thumri singers. The first track features renowned ghazal singer Ghulam Ali from Pakistan. His short rendition of the thumri in the fourteen-count taal Deepchandi is followed by a bandish ki thumri in the same raag from 4.11 ...
Times of India
Fri, 16 Jan 2015 11:18:12 -0800

Following the jod, the duo offered a vilambit bandish on the same raga set on rupak taal and a drut bandish set on teen taal. Intricate vistaar and layakari, complicated taankari and sparkling tihais in both the bandishes of Yaman transfixed the audience.

Times of India

Times of India
Thu, 22 Jan 2015 22:43:57 -0800

Vocalist Abhishek Marotkar set the mood by rendering some beautiful raga-based bandish. Classical dancers Reshma Jamsedkar (Bharatnatyam) and Kavita Jaggam (Kathak) together took the evening to another level with their impeccable synchronisation, ...

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