Beenkar : Concert Updates


Morning Musings, Feb, 2011

Raga Prabhat Bhairav is another rare form of Raga Bhairav that employs the two Madhyams. This is a vocal riyaz recording.



Zorba the Buddha, New Delhi, 2010

The final and concluding part of a long Raga Poorvi. Pt. Mohan Shyam on Pakhawaj.


Golden Dhrupad Samaroh, Habitat Centre. New Delhi,2010

Raga Jaijaiwanti. - Pt. Mohan Shyam Sharma on Pakhawaj. This version of Jaijaiwanti employes komal Gandhara sparingly as an andolit form of Rishabh. The Golden Rudra Veena makes its first appearance at a concert.









CELEBRATIONS, Siri Fort, New Delhi, November 2009.

Raga Marwa followed by Raga Sruti-Vardhini. Pt. Dalchand Sharma on Pakhawaj.








SPIC MACAY Ludhiana, Basant Utsava Concert, Feb 2008





Habitat, January 2008

Suvir played Raga Sri in concert at Habitat Auditorium New Delhi which in which Ustad Fahimuddin Dagar was the Chief Guest.




132nd Har Ballabh Festival, 30th December 2007

Suvir participated in the 132nd Harballabh Festival on the last day.


Sur Dharohar Samman, August, 2007

Sur Dharohar Janshe-e-Azadi Festival on the occasion of India's 60 th Independence year was held in August 2007 in Stein Auditorium, Indian Habitat Centre, New Delhi. The Surdharohar Samman 2007 was presented to Suvir Misra for his contributions in preserving the exacting art of Rudra Veena. The Festival featured a rare Sarangi solo by Murad Ali.


Rudra Veena Documentary

Excerpts from a Documentary made for the National Television on the Rudra Veena featuring Beenkar Suvir Misra.



Surbahar Baithak Concert, New Delhi , October 2006

Suvir performed on Surbahar in the Dhrupad Beenkar Style that uses three mizrabs instead of the usual one mizrab used by Surbahar players belonging to the Sitar Tradition. He plays a rare variant of Raga Chandrakuans that employs Rishabh and Pancham (in Alpa).

You can view video extracts of this Baithak concert ( ~ 8 minutes).


In the second video he plays the Jod and Jhala ( ~ 8 minutes)

This was followed by a Gat composition in 12 matra Chautaal.


'Akhil Bharatiya Sangeet Sammelan' at PSK Auditorium New Delhi, September 2006:

Shri Suvir played a rare Raga Malgunji on his Green Dragon Rudra Veena during the two day 'Akhil Bharatiya Sangeet Sammelan' organized by the 'Gandhi Hindustani Sahitya Sabha'. He was accompanied on the Pakhawaj by Pandit Dalchand Sharma.

Indian Classical Music Rudra Veena


Shri Suvir also received the "Sangeet Ratna" Samman from Padma Bhushan Vidushi Shanno Khurana for his contributions towards the difficult and exacting musical tradition of Veena.


DD National Interview on June 16, 2006

Suvir gave a short lecture demonstration on Rudra Veena and Dhrupad on the National TV channel for the Indian audiences and explained how the Vocal Dhrupad Bani tradition has moulded the Dhrupad Beenkar Style.

Ustad Ashiq Ali Khan Concert at Kamani Auditorium, New Delhi, May 2006


New Delhi had another opportunity to hear the divine sound of Rudra Veena. During the Ustad Ashiq Ali Khan concert at the Kamani Auditorium, New Delhi Shri Suvir Misra presented on his Rudra Veena an Alaap, Jod, Jhala in Raga Bhimpalasi followed by two Gat-Bandishes set to Vilambit Chautal and Drut Sool Taal.


He was accompanied on the Pakhawaj by Shri Harish Chandra Pati.




Excerpts from the Concert Review by Shri Jitendra Pratap the renowned Music Critic :

"The evening's concert commenced with Suvir Misra's sedate renderings in the late afternoon raga Bhimpalasi. Interestingly, Misra is a left-handed player of both the sitar and the Rudra veena. Misra's rendering of Bhimpalasi indicated his in-depth understanding of the raga's intricate movements.

It was indeed remarkable on his part to steer clear of the nuances of the allied raga Dhani that can creep into Bhimpalasi if one is not very careful about it. He was at equal ease with his meanderings in the ati-mandra saptak — the lowest octave — as well as in the madhya and even in the highest octave. His renderings in the opening alap-jor had the distinct flavours of the Beenkaar tradition. "

- Shri Jitendra Pratap, The Hindu


Nada Chakra Music Festival at Indian Habitat Center, New Delhi, April 2006


On the first day of the Nada Chakra Music Festival held at the Stein Auditorium, Indian Habitat Center in April 2006 Shri Suvir presented on his Rudra Vina Raga Kambhoji which is a beautiful Raga from the Dagarbani Dhrupad tradition. He presented a long Alaap, Jhod, Jhala and two Gat-Bandishes set to Vilmabit Chautaal and Drut Sool Taal.

He was accompanied on the Pakhawaj by Dr. Anil Chaudhury from the Darbangha Gharana of Pakhawaj.


The festival also featured Guru Nirmalya Dey and Ustad Zia Fariduddin Dagar who rendering spell binding Dhrupads supported by Marianne Svasek.

The pakhawaj accompaniment was provided by Shri Sanjay Agle.

Baba Allauddin Khan Music Foundation, Baithak at Purva Sanskritik Kendra, Delhi

At a Baithak organized by the Baba Allahuddin Khan Music Foundation at PSK, Delhi Shri Suvir played on his Rudra Vina Raga Yaman in the Dagarbani Dhrupad Style. He presented an elaborate Alaap, Jod, Jhala followed by a Gat-Bandish in Chautal.


He was accompanied on the Pakhawaj by Dr. Anil Chaudhury from the Darbangha Gharana of Pakhawaj.


Sur-Darwaze-Se Concert Series 2005-2006, at Noida

Sur-Darwaze-Se Concert Series features on a monthly basis known musicians for the Rasikas of Noida and Delhi. At the Sur-Darwaze-Se Concert Series, Shri Suvir presented on his Saraswati Veena Raga Miyan Ki Malhar in the Khayal Style . He presented a short Alaap, Jod and Jhala followed by a Gat in madhya laya Teental.

Like his inspirational legendary Vainika Padma Bhushan Shri S. Balchander from Karnatic tradition who developed his`own Sarasvati Vina playing technique, Shri Suvir has developed a unique fingering method by incorporating and adapting the Rudra Veena fingering techniques which enables him in playing fast taans of the Khayal using Gamakas and Meends.

He was accompanied on the Tabla by Shri Yatinder a disciple of Late Ustaad Bandu Khan of Ajarada Gharana.

Sufi Hazrat Inayat Khan Dargah , at Hazrat Nizamuddin, New Delhi

It is indeed a great honour for any Vainika to play at the Dargah of the Sufi Peer-O-Mursheed Hazrat Inayat Khan. Shri Suvir had the honour of playing the Karnatic Raga Kirwani at the Dargah on Saraswati Veena.

Like the existence of Tariqah, Kayada (Method/Way) and Silsila (Progression) in the Sufi tradition there is a corresponding practice in Nada Yoga through the progression of Alaap, Jhod, Jhala which culminates in the dissolution of the self through complete immersion and absorption within the Raga.

Hazrat Sufi Inayat Khan Saheb was a well known musician and a Vainika. He played the Saraswati Veena which was his favourite musical instrument. Shri Suvir has provided the necessary continuam in Hazrat Sufi Inayat Khan Saheb's Sufi tradition of playing Saraswati Veena in the Hindustani Style.

Hanuman Jayanti Musical Festival 2006, Agra

Shri Suvir performed on his Saraswati Veena before the denizens of the beautiful city of Agra during the Hanuman Jayanti Musical Festival 2006. At 3:00 o'clock in the early morning hours Shri Suvir presented Raga Sindhu Bhairavi before the endearing audiences from the city of Agra. The exquisite Rasikas were feted with melodious sound of the Saraswati Veena in a Hindustani Classical Music concert. Many old stalwarts were pleased to see that the Saraswati Veena, which is mainly popular in the Carnatic Tradition, has now made a come back in the mainstream Hindustani Classical Music concert scene due to the painstaking efforts of Beenkar Suvir.


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