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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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Business Standard
Fri, 02 Oct 2015 05:56:15 -0700

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Fri, 11 Sep 2015 15:13:48 -0700

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Thu, 01 Oct 2015 06:41:15 -0700

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Thu, 18 Jun 2015 09:33:20 -0700

MUMBAI: National Centre for the Performing Arts (NCPA), Mumbai and HSBC present the most awaited Indian music festival, 'Bandish 2015 - A Tribute to Legendary Composers'. The sixth edition of Bandish will see eminent artists like PAD bringing to life ...

Times of India

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Tue, 21 Jul 2015 03:35:14 -0700

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Wed, 30 Sep 2015 14:56:15 -0700

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Sat, 26 Sep 2015 16:42:19 -0700

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The Hans India
Fri, 02 Oct 2015 11:00:00 -0700

author and performer of Hindustani music, from Pune demonstrated a few ragas in which she sang “Bandish” and “Taranas”. She was accompanied on vocal support by Aradhana Karade; on Tabla by Suhas Shastri; and on Harmonium by Rahul Deshpande.

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