Emotional Impact of Tones and Tonal Progressions

24th and 25th July 2021; 14:30 to 18:30 IST_Online

“Separation starts from birth and is integral to life. At times we do not even realise it, until reminded, at times abruptly transforms our life entirely. The awareness of the emotional experience associated with the separation is as well an awareness of one’s own self. In reality it is not an easy proposition to be aware of one’s self or even one’s emotion as it calls to be in the present. 

Sound being a function of time has the tendency to draw the listener’s attention to the present. By its very nature, attention requires constant development. That means we are talking of movement, which is simultaneously in time (absolute time) and oblique to it. 

Perhaps the best way to understand this is through an alap in Dhrupad. In which the musician takes us through a tonal narrative which forms the emotional expression of the raga, expressed by the particular musician. That is to explore the tonal development with the musician is a key factor in learning how sound becomes integral to the emotional movement in a narrative”

The 2 days session with Ustad Bahauddin Dagar and Madhu Apsara will explore sound, in the sense, how certain tones of sound as they develop, they develop along with certain emotions in us.  



Baha’ud’din Mohiuddin Dagar (born 1970) is the Rudra veena player and son of renowned north Indian musician Zia Mohiuddin Dagar. He plays rudra veena with the dagarbani style. He represents the 20th generation of Dagar lineage, referring to Nayak Haridas Dagar of the 16th century. Ustad Bahauddin is a representative of the eighth generation of Rudra veena players in Dagarbani dhrupad. In 2012, he was awarded the Sangeet Natak Akademi Award, the highest award for performing artists, conferred by the Sangeet Natak Akademi, India’s National Academy for Music, Dance and Drama.


Alumnus of Film and Television Institute of India, Madhu Apsara is one of the most prominent sound designers in the industry. He has a long and highly impressive list of films to his credit starting from Hawa Hawai where he worked as On Location Sound Recording to the recently acclaimed Andhadhun where he worked as Sound Designer – for which he won the Filmfare award. Madhu Apsara has over 45 feature films to his credit as a sound recordist, sound engineer or as a designer – in fiction as well as non-fiction. (Link to his imdb profile: https://www.imdb.com/name/nm0032527/)  Madhu Apsara has been associated with Mani Kaul since his graduation from the institute, being a part of all of Kaul’s films since then. Madhu is also a student of Ustd. Bahauddin Dagar, learning sitar. A senior learner of classical music, not only that, an ace industry professional, Madhu Apsara is an inspiring and a much loved teacher. Currently he is teaching Sound in Film and Television Institute of India.


INR 800 For Ex Participants of Auroville Film Institute

INR 1200 For Indian Nationals

USD 30 For participants from SAARC nations

USD 80 For international participants outside of SAARC

Voluntary contribution for Aurovilians and Newcomers.


Certificate of participation will be issued by Auroville Film Instiitute


If you have any queries please write to filminstitute@auroville.org.in

or call +91 9969879319

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