Shashwati Mandal Paul aka Sasha

Shashwati Mandal Paul (Sasha) is a beautiful, young and versatile khayal singer from Bhopal, India, whose voice seems to conquer the hearts of the connoisseurs of classical music. Music flows through the veins of this gifted Hindustani vocalist. She also has a clear, timbre voice perfect for this type of music.

Raga Ahir Bhairav (Sample) :  (Download)

Raga Shivranjani Dadra (Sample) :  (Download)

A fine exponent of the Gwalior style, Shashwati’s musical adeptness has lent her an individualistic style at a fairly young age. Shashwati seems all set to emerge as one of the future faces of Indian classical music for her complete command over her unique voice and a wide range of variations in her presentation. Sasha is a real phenomenon in the world of Tappa.

Todi Bandish :  (Download)

Tappa Khamaj :  (Download)

Tappa can be considered as one of the major genres of musical tradition in India and yet it is heard less often, and very little is widely known about it. This high energy, appealing music is born out of journeys through exotic territories and its long history is continuing in the collaborative project between Sasha and Sense World Music producer and musician Derek Roberts.

Sasha‘s new CD ‘Tappa Journey‘ which is a ground breaking development for Indian vocal music and the tradition of Tappa in particular, has been winning rave reviews and also collected a ‘Top of the World’ 5 star review status in Songlines Magazine Autumn edition. Passionate and almost blazing vocals find themselves embellished by Derek Robert‘s guitar, an Indian string orchestra and traditional Indian percussion. A sample of this exquisite fusion :

Bhaanda Ve Maheboob – Raga Khamaj :  (Download)

Buy the CD to hear more of Sasha‘s fabulous Tappa music. You won’t regret it.

Comments are welcome.




  1. Vivek Khadpekar said,

    September 12, 2009 at 4:36 pm

    I am quite taken aback by this version of the exquisite Bhaanda Ve Maheboob. Shashwati Mandal Paul is one of the finest tappa singers we have, who slogged to learn this difficult form from one of its greatest teachers within the classical fold. Does she have to throw it all away with gimmicks such as the rhythmic accompaniment in this track, seemingly from a machine shop, or the intermezzo occupying the 36 seconds from 4:30 to 5:06?

    I am not against experimentation, but it is sad when our most talented artists succumb to the temptations of the market and compromise their art. Pandit Ravi Shankar, who has probably experimented more than any other Indian classical musician of our times, has set a glorious example by his integrity in not mixing immiscible extraneous elements with what has evolved (and continues to evolve) in indigenous tradition. Our musicians need to take a leaf out of his book.

  2. P.K.Sengupta said,

    March 1, 2010 at 11:27 am

    Listening your songs I realize complete peace mind , went to a place , may be heaven. May God bless you

  3. P.K.Sengupta said,

    March 1, 2010 at 11:32 am

    Listening your songs I realize complete peace of mind, feeling love and full of wisdom. May God bless you

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