S h w e t a   j h a v e r i : SHRUTI . RAGA . INVOCATION

: About creations :
Shweta Jhaveri's foundational musical thoughts or innovations vocally performed by her in the genre-s of Hindustani classical vocal, world music & Indian classical Raga :
: Saraswati bãni   : Cosmic Khayãls   : S R I

: Please NOTE :
Saraswati bãni's music and compositions are sung purely in Hindustani classical vocal music in a traditional way like the gurukul traditions. Please support maintain the purity of this kind of music by not adopting/adapting it to any other genre.

Saraswati bãni is Shweta Jhaveri's Hindustani classical vocal music creation. It collectively presents her Khayãl (Khyãl), Dhrupad, other classical vocal forms, devotional music and Rãga creations sung by her since her teenage, especially in concerts & recordings over the past two decades. Preserving North-Indian classical vocal music under the Mewati traditions, shweta has also sung her creations in many rãga-s such as Jog, Abhogi, PuriyaDhanashri, Yaman, her rãga creations such as Nirmohi & KrishnaBhairavi.

Bãni or Vãni in music relates to Dhrupad, hence Saraswati Bãni means the same as Saraswati Vãni in musical terms. Saraswati bani's music is learned and performed in a traditional way similar to the gurukul traditions. Shweta being one of the names of or derived from Saraswati, this creation is named so and dedicates to music.

(( Bãje bãje /concert excerpt

(( Chandrakauns / khayãl

(( Sajan / childhood excerpt 1974

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Remembering the legendary musician Ali Akbar khan
on his 100th birth-anniversary this year / 2022 :

Shweta Jhaveri's homage to her revered Mentor :   (( Manjh Khamaj 

One of her favourite raga compositions by the sarod-legend Ali Akbar khan that she performs and learnt from him along with a few other compositions as a part of the Maihar Orchestra led and composed by him. He sang elegantly and guided-directed her individually to perform some of his musical works and as a lead vocalist of the Maihar orchestra during late 1990s-early 2000s. She is ever grateful for his divine soulful music.
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About  S R I : Shweta jhaveri's  Shruti Raga Invocation denotes microtone, sentiment, soulful music. Shruti is the audible musical sound in the form of a microtone. Sentiment (rasa) is the heart of a Raga(Raaga). Invocation is soulful music.

Shweta Jhaveri through  S R I  continues to preserve and foster appreciation & artistry of the rich traditions of North-Indian Classical Vocal music. One of the finest vocalists of Hindustani classical music, she has performed worldwide from her young age, sung and composed for films & documentaries. Privileged to be a resident guest faculty for over a decade at the Ali Akbar College of Music-California, priviledged to be a faculty at her Guruji's school-the Pandit Jasraj School of Music at Vancouver BC, initially teaching in India, through her Spring & Summer classes for vocal music in the San Francisco bay area for the past 20 years, she is a mentor to her longtime international students-performers who have learned from her in person. Excerpts of : her concerts & recordings, Saraswati vãni, Mewati traditions music, tutelage excerpts, interviews, music writings, other musical works will be presented on this page. The S R I also serves as a complementary educational webpage in North-Indian classical vocal music.

Shweta Jhaveri gratefully remembers her Guru Sangeet Martand Pandit Jasraj,
his soulful voice and music and her early years of tutelage until early 1990s.

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  Early years excerpts

 (( KrishnaBhairavi
 Raga creation/Shweta Jhaveri
 khayãl-madhyalaya Teentaal

 Concert excerpts:NewZealand
Tabla:Manjit Singh
Samir Bhalodkar

 (( Tarana
 Tarana in Ektaal

:   Shweta jhaveri's  
  Shruti Raga Invocation   :

About : S R I
Shruti.Raga.Invocation denotes microtone, sentiment, soulful music.
Shruti is the audible musical sound in the form of a microtone.
Raga (Raaga) has sentiment (rasa) as it's heart.
Invocation is soulful music.

Shweta jhaveri through  S R I  continues to preserve and foster appreciation & artistry of the rich traditions of North Indian Classical Vocal music. Excerpts of her concerts & recordings, Mewati traditions music, Saraswati vãni, other musical works performed by her, interviews, Spring & Summer Classes music forum with her students & music lovers will be presented here.

" Shruti is the audible musical sound in the form of a microtone."

Shruti is traditionally described in music as 'one which can be heard as musical sound is shruti'.

There are 22 shruti-s widely accepted in North-Indian classical music. Swara-s are based on shruti-s. In vocal music the subtleties of shruti-s can enhance and unfold a raga beautifully.

" Raga (Raaga) is melodic, aesthetic, scientific,
improvised with a group of specific notes
bound by traditional rules and characteristics,
expressive of a sentiment (rasa) that colours the mind,
pleases the soul."

Raga (Raaga) has its characteristics such as ascending/Aaroha & descending/Avaroha movements, Vaadi & Samvaadi / Main & Assistant notes, Anuvaadi/ notes other than vaadi-samvaadi, Rasa / sentiment, Prahar/ the time of the day for raga-performance, Chalan / raga's gait and a few other subtleties with which it is improvised. Raga is pronounced as Raaga in Indian classical music.
An invocation on Sound
( performed by Shweta Jhaveri in concerts )

' Naada rupa param brahma '
Sound is God

Universal self is the nature of sound.

Supreme God is the nature of sound.

Universal energy is the nature of sound.

Therefore the Creation has sound as its own self.

S h w e t a  J h a v e r i : C O S M I C   K H A Y A L S :    

: W O R L D   M U S I C
& Indian Classical  R Ã G A :

Hailed by Billboard and Pulse as one of the most innovative Indian vocalists Shweta Jhaveri is a premier Hindustani classical vocalist to perform raga with western musicians. Shweta Jhaveri's Cosmic Khayals as her foundation has presented her in North-Indian classical vocal music, and also a composer-songwriter in raga based World music. Her recordings such as 'Anahita' with lyrics in the language of Hindi was sung-composed by Shweta 25 years ago recorded in 1998, later followed by 'Huge' in early 2000s with lyrics in the language of English. Her debut CD 'the Court Musicians' 30 years ago had featured alaap-s in raga-s. In the later and current years Cosmic Khayals remains as her creation which presents her Raga based world music and lyrics. For the past few years she took a break from world music occasionally making guest-appearances. She has sung more of Indian classical music following the traditions and performing her Hindustani classical vocal music creation Saraswati bãni.

(( Invocation
Raga : Bilaskhani Todi
"Lagi mohe ratana"

Featured song-lyric :
from CD 'Huge'

" The Creator "

Wonderful worlds astonish me.
Colours of the earth, of the sea-s,
of the seasons, astonish me.

Your crystal eyes, your gentle smile,
your mysterious gaze, astonish me.

The sailing skies, the floating Moon,
the rising Sun on the horizon,
astonish me.

You make me smile you are my delight
You make me love you are my life
You make me feel you are my heart
You make me heal you are my soul
You, only you, astonish me.
Wonderful worlds astonish me.

(( Sound of love
Raga : Hansadhwani
"Love lives and only lives on"

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