Shreedevi Thacker / Co-Director, Producer, Writer

Shreedevi Thacker is an independent filmmaker, writer and producer based in New York City. Her foray into documentary films was inspired by the desire to make the philosophy, beauty and rigor of Indian Classical music accessible - a sound often perceived as exotic or complicated. She has participated in founding and strategically growing global businesses in the software development and solutions space. Thacker is a graduate of Brown University where she studied International Relations and Economics and holds a Master’s degree in International Relations from the University of Pennsylvania.

Mahesh Nair / Director

Mahesh Nair is a Mumbai based director and writer and a former journalist. His filmmaking works include documentaries, shorts, and corporate training films. His ability to transform complex issues and practices into an engaging visual drama has won much acclaim. His documentary on Mumbai’s Dabbawalas, which he wrote and directed for BBC World TV, is often used as a case study by management institutes. Another documentary on the underworld in Mumbai titled Fear Over The City, commissioned by Star TV won much praise. The Bill Gates Foundation uses Nair’s documentary on poor children, in India, who suffer from Japanese encephalitis, effectively as an advocacy film. Mahesh recently made his Bollywood debut as a director with a feature called Accident On Hill Road.

Vijay Kichlu / Writer, Presenter

Vijay Kichlu is renowned in musicological circles as an erudite musician and musicologist. The Government of India conferring on him the prestigious Sangeet Natak Akademi Award in 2006, the highest recognition for a practicing artist. Kichlu has dedicated a lifetime to the training, propagation and preservation of Indian Classical music, and as the Founding Executive Director of the ITC Sangeet Research Academy (estd. 1977) engaged a training approach based on ancient, traditional methods. In 2009, Kichlu was nominated to the General Council of the Sangeet Natak Akademi and in 2011, he was nominated as a member of the Working Group on Art and Culture for the Government of India's Twelfth Five-Year Plan (2012- 2017).


Maestro’s Subhra Guha and Tanmoy Bose illustrate the key concepts of raga and tala, respectively, through detailed examples and demonstrations. Performances by Abdul Rashid Khan, Tejendra Narayan Majumdar, Kushal Das, and Subhankar Bannerjee enhance the musical explanations.

Interviews are graciously provided by Girija Devi, Shiv Kumar Sharma, Zakir Hussain, Ajoy Chakraborty, Rashid Khan, Ulhas Kashalkar, Mashkoor Ali Khan, Samir Chatterjee, Ravi Mathur and Guy Beck.