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Mandar and Dakshayani are based in Pune and they are the founders of Baithak Foundation, a not for profit organisation based in Pune working to promote Indian Classical Music. On this website, you will discover what they are up to and their writings about their experiences, stories and insights.
Mandar is a believer in power of music as a tool for overall human development. Mandar is an alumnus of the reputed Government College of Engineering, Pune- COEP. After completing his B.Tech, Mandar worked in the corporate world for a few years and quit his job to pursue his study of Indian Classical Music. He co-founded Baithak Foundation along with his wife Dakshayani. Baithak presently works with more than 25 schools in 3 cities across India.
Through his consulting firm Seed Shower, Mandar consults with start-ups and well established companies and helps them to chalk out their communication goals and strategy. Mandar has written three books and two more are in the making. He is a TEDx speaker and conducts trainings for companies and organisations of global repute.
Dakshayani is a co-founder of Baithak Foundation and has authored two books.
A lawyer by education, she later completed her masters degree in Education from Tata Institute of Social Sciences.
She is the CEO at Baithak, responsible for various projects. She is a super cook, a Gardner and avid reader.
The world of Indian Classical Music had (and has) musicians full of whims. These whims vary over a wide range of notoriety – from as harmless as expecting the host to feed them Sabji they liked to as nuanced as
कबीर त्याच्या गुरूंकडे गेला. कबीर ‘एन्लायटन’ झाला. कबीर त्याच्या गुहेत गुडुप्प झाला. बुद्ध निर्वाण अवस्थेच्या शोधात वणवण भटकला. बुद्ध निर्वाणावस्थेला उपलब्ध झाला. बुद्ध एका घनदाट अरण्यात लुप्त झाला. वरील दोन्ही घटनांच्या पहिल्या दोन ओळी सत्य आहेत. वरील दोन्ही घटनांमधील तिसरी ओळ मात्र धादांत खोटी
साहेब सो सब होत हैं, बंदे से कछु नाही |राई सो परबत करें, परबत राई माही || Translation : All doing is done by Him (the lord). How can I claim doing something? He can turn a mustard seed into
In an ecosystem running on blatant lies and dogma, someone has to call a spade a spade. I am on that task today. If we make a list of fields where pride of tradition and culture of telling majestic stories
An Illustrated book on Pt. Firoz Dastur.
Freddy is an illustrated book on life of child actor and Kirana Gharana Maestro Pt. Firoz Dastur.
The book is richly illustrated and contains insights about Dastur Ji’s music and personality beyond music. Published by The Watering Can Foundation, Freddy was released at the prestigious Sawai Gandharva Music Festival. What makes Freddy more engaging is the use of QR codes through which readers can listen to short clips of Dastur Ji’s singing and demonstrations.
Freddy was featured in The Hindu by eminent journalist Gouri Dange. Click Here to read the article.
The book is available on Amazon. Click Here to order your copy.