He has composed music for theatre, dance-choreographies, NGO projects, documentaries and promotional films. Amongst others he has performed at Japan Foundation, Russian Center, British Council, World Environment Day, Ganga Festival, Delhi Food and Cultural Festival and Oxfam's "Grow" campaign launch.
His band 'Green Ragas' (www.greenragas.com), co-founded with international World Music maestro Chinmaya Dunster, performs multimedia environmental awareness-raising concerts, based around his compositions on environmental themes. The band has performed for Commonwealth Games Delhi 2010, IFFI Goa, and others.
With Pilgrimage Malimba Records adds a new gem to its Ragas Relax Series, continuing its mission of introducing western audiences to a more soothing and healing-oriented version of Indian classical music.
On this CD the listener is invited to join Sandeep on a pilgrimage amongst eight ragas, effortlessly exploring the mood and atmosphere of each raga. Sandeep’s resonant voice soothes and seduces, as haunting bamboo flute and a richly textured background provide a gentle soundscape ideal for relaxation, meditation, restorative yoga and the healing arts.
Sangeet is singing both in Hindustani language and in what is known as "Tarana" - a non-lexical style of singing specific syllables (believed to derive from Persian language) frequently used in Indian classical music.
Pt. Kumar Gandharva, one of the remarkable Hindustani classical vocalist of this century described Tarana in following words, "When in singing everything has been sung before, and the feeling of inadequacy still persist, then the musical form tarana satisfies your quest."
"A Pilgimage is a sacred journey of discovery. It is a great mystery… these ancient ragas are not just rules of how to play the twelve musical notes, they are spiritual places to be visited." - Chinmaya Dunster
REVIEWS and LISTENERS COMMENTS
The album Pilgrimage, what a beauty. I've been a pilgrim these past two years, seeking truth through different disciplines, and your album has been my soundtrack. Pilgrimage has helped me connect in such beautiful ways, thank you Sandeep. Please keep doing what you do. - Ramzi - Goa, IndiaProduced by Chinmaya Dunster, PILGRIMAGE showcases the harmonic vocals of Sandeep Srivastav, a singer and composer with a background in Hindustani classical and devotional music, whose work has been used in theatre, film and cultural events. This exquisite collection of ragas displays the soul and raw emotion of Sandeep's voice, as gentle bansuri flute (Kiran Kumar) flutters in the backdrop and sitar-like keyboard ambience (Lalit Kapil) creates a distinctly Indian atmosphere. The general tone of the music is one of relaxation and meditation - pieces like "Aura" and "Longing," with their blend of spiritual crooning, drone and pensive flutes, take the listener on an inner journey of reflection and contemplation. PILGRIMAGE would make a perfect backdrop for yoga practice or Asian healing arts. - Music Design In Review
On Pilgrimage, vocalist Sandeep Srivastav, singing in Hindustani and assisted by flutist Kiran Kumar and keyboardist Lalit Kapil, delves deep into the heart of Indian raga music, exploring the soothing elements of that music via Tarana, a non-lexical style of singing specific syllables (believed to be derived from Persian). His sonorous voice merges with the lilting flute and assorted textures and effects (e.g., tamboura-like drones, flowing synth pads, and lovely bell tones) to induce a feeling of peace and contentment. Production by the estimable Chinmaya Dunster is sterling, as one would expect. Malimba Records consistently delivers supremely serene music, and Pilgrimage is no exception! - Bill Binkelman on Retailing Insight