Pt.Ulhas Bapat is a musician with an innovative bent of mind. He has introduced
trail-blazing modifications in the Santoor. He has developed his own specialized
system of tuning the instrument in Chromatic
Structure, where all the twelve notes are tuned on the instrument.
With this system one can play all Ten
Thaat (scales) of Indian Classical music instantly.
Chromatic system :
The Chromatic system eliminates the need to retune the instrument after
the rendition of each raga. This approach also enables him to play Vakra
ragas, as well as any Raga from any scale. It has proved in his recorded
albums---- 'Raga - Sagar - composition of Nine Ragas and Prabhat
Sagar- composition of five morning Ragas.
MEEND on Santoor :
He has also reconstructed the tongs (sticks) in a manner, which enables
him to produce the glissando or The Meend which is a sene-quanon of Indian
music. This innovation has contributed to the enrichment of the sound
of the Santoor. He has a patent for this innovation.
new "Bandish" ("Gat" in Instrumental music)
new "Bandish" according to Raag is Ulhasji's Forte.
He feels, each Raag has a different personality and mood.
So he composes "gat" accordingly. Each "gat" has a
One can not find him playing "gat" in different Raagas with
The "Mukhda" of each composition is different than the other.
Composing in unique Taals is again another speciality.
Creation of Taals like "Makarand", 11 Beats divided into two
parts of 5 ½,
Or "Pratik" 9 Beats divided into two parts of 4 ½, is
the result of his
continuous search for unusual presentation.
the Santoor :
His innovative mind led him in making the Santoor on his own,
under his execution. From selecting the wood, to making special elephant-shaped
bridges of sandal wood to the finishing. One cannot deny his 'ethical
and aesthetical touch in the making the Santoor.
Raag Parijat : a morning melody
Raag Gorakh Kans : an evening melody
Raag Amrit Ranjani : an evening melody
Raag Abhogini : an evening melody
Raag Charuvi : an expressive melody
Raag Shadow / Sangati
Raag Diminisha : Based
on Diminish Scale
Ulhas Bapat Composed music for
Childrens song (Marathi) - Bahuliche Lageen and Gauri
released by INRECO. Sung by kumari Gauri Bapat.
has directed the music for two Bharatnatyam Ballets.
music for Bhakti Mala - Classical Devotional songs -
Ganesh, Shakti, Mahadev. Volume I by Music Today
sung by Smt. Shruti Sadolikar-Katkar.
and arranged music for thematic flute album 'Serenity"
by late Shri. Ramakant Patil.
Album released by Crescendo.
and arranged marathi album 'Shravani Me' sung by
Abum released by 'Manasa'
International contribution as a composer :
He has composed for a Dance Script Ganges to Nile produced
by Anurekha Ghosh & Co. UK. in 2004
inspiration, influence and involvement with Panchamda ultimately
resulted in this song 'PANCHAM'
written, composed and sung by me.