Dhammrakshit, better known as Dhamma, hails from Satara, Maharashtra. Dhamma grew up in a musical atmosphere, his father Shaahir Srirang Randive a well-known exponent of the Marathi folk form Shaahiri (a form of lyrical story-telling performed in verse). Dhamma excelled in the art form under his fatherâ€™s tutelage making his debut at the young age of ten on All India Radio (AIR)â€™s Aakashwani, winning State-level Shaahiri competitions and most recently having performed at Mumbai Doordarshanâ€™s Lok Rang show. Dhamma imbibed the progressive social values that his father championed in his Shaahiri renditions talking about the issues of inequality, exploitation and citizenship among others. Holding a Bachelors in Social Work and Diploma in Performing Folk Art from the Maharashtra Lok Kala Akademi, Dhamma seeks to bring about â€˜Social Change through Artâ€™.
His gentle and tranquil disposition notwithstanding, Dhamma can energise the most weary of audiences with his powerhouse vocals. His music carries the scent of the soil of his land and his message, the stark reality of that landâ€™s struggles. Currently volunteering with Shramik Muktiwadi Yuva Sanghatna and composing music independently, Dhamma sings not as much to enthrall or entertain but to engage with his listeners and with society at large.
“A great effort and congratulations to all those who worked to make it happen.”
“Accidently bumped into Nitesh's performance this morning at borivali stn. Great going. Keep it up.”
“In this busy life schedule I could take time off to listen to the performer. Hope this will bring forth also the poorer folks, that they would be given opportunities”
“I reached Vashi station tired and worn out from the days work, to see a crowd formed around a man, went to investigate, and I saw a man performing a song which sounded like Sufi music to me. His voice echoed through the granite corridors of the station and the merry strums of his guitar filled the air with melancholy. I stood there hearing his song about finding God in ones own belief, reminded me of Kabir ke Dohe which i had read when i was a kid.”
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