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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.
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
विसाव्या शतकात भारतात खरंतर नको तितके संत होऊन गेले. रमणा महर्षी, ओशो, जिद्दू कृष्णमूर्ती, मेहेर बाबा, निसर्गदत्त महाराज.. यादी करायची म्हंटली तर फार मोठी होईल. एखाद्या व्यक्तीचं संतात रूपांतर होणं म्हणजे दुर्लभ घटना. असं असताना देखील विसाव्या शतकात संतांची श्रीमंती
One of the legendary vocalists of India, Pt. Kumar Gandharva would often say something about Ragas in Indian Classical Music which holds equally true for the absolute truth. As he would say, if you just know trunk of an elephant,
How has been the year 2020? I know, everyone would respond differently to this seemingly simple question. The major length and breadth of 2020 has been occupied by the most unexpected phenomenon : COVID 19. As I go out every
साधारण चार वर्षांपूर्वीची घटना. अनेक वर्षांनंतर माझा गाण्याचा कार्यक्रम होता. मी आठवीत असताना माझं गाणं शिकणं बंद झालं. दहावी, त्यानंतर बारावी आणि मग नंतर अभियांत्रिकीचं शिक्षण; या सर्व व्यापात गाणं तसं मागेच पडत गेलं. अभियांत्रिकीचं शिक्षण संपलं आणि मग सुरु
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.