16, 17, 18, 2006
in association with Sangeet Natak Akademi, New Delhi presents a grand Dhrupad
Music Festival Celebrating the oldest form of Hindustani classical music
The Museum Theatre, Egmore, Chennai
16 th February
6 - 8 pm -
Uday Bhawalkar - vocal
8 - 10 pm
- Abhay Narayan Mallick - vocal
6 - 8 pm -
Bahawuddin Dagar - Rudra Veena
8 - 10 pm
- Gundecha brothers - vocal
6 - 8 pm -
Wasifuddin Dagar - vocal
8 - 10 pm
- Asad Ali Khan - Rudra Veena
is essentially a poetic form incorporated into an extended presentation
style marked by precise and orderly elaboration of a raga. The term dhrupad
itself means "the literal rendering of verse into music" and so the songs
have a particularly potent impact.
is often presented as the oldest Indian music, with an explicit continuity
to ancient times. In this respect, it is perhaps the most direct development
of Vedic chanting, and the literal respect for text in dhrupad is representative
of those scriptural ideas.
music provides a wealth of depth in melodic nuance, with the smallest motion
elaborated for minutes in a variety of time-tested techniques. The sophistication
of the unmeasured exposition is nearly impossible to match in the world's
music, and is buoyed by a variety of patterns derived from the original
melody of the "raga".
in Madhya Pradesh in 1966, he started his training in music at the age
of eight from his sister. He also studied in a music school in Ujjain from
1975 to 1981. In 1981 he became a disciple of vocalist Ustad Zia Fariduddin
Dagar and Veena maestro Ustad Zia Mohiuddin Dagar.
has been awarded National Scholarship, Junior Fellowship from the Government
of India. In 1987, Ustad Nasir Aminuddin Dagar presented a Gold-Medal and
he received "Rashtriya Kumar Gandhrva Samman" from Madhya Pradesh Government
1985 he gave his first performance at Bhopal, and since then he has performed
at many prominent music festivals in India and abroad - Tansen Samaroh-Gwalior,
Harballabh Sangeet Mahasabha-Jalandhar, Sajan Milap Gharana Sammelan N.C.P.A.-Mumbai,
Saptak Music Festival Ahemdabad, Shri Ram Shankarlal Festival-New Delhi,
Sawai Gandhrava Sangeet Mahotsava-Pune, Samrat Sangeet Mahotsav- Goa, Shri
Ramkrishna Mission- Kolkata, Jan-Fest St. Xavier's College Mumbai. He has
been blessed by Ustad Zakir Hussain who accompanied Uday on the Pakhawaj
at Prithvi Music Festival Mumbai.
has been performing for Spic Macay for last 15 years for their festivals,
Lec-Dem, Virasat and National conventions.
He also has
performed in Holland, France, Belgium, Germany, Switzerland, Spain, Portugal,
Greece, Austira, UK, USA, Canada and in Mexico.
He has sung
for some International Art films directed by Mani Kaul, Arun Khopkar, Aparna
Sen's Mr. & Mrs. Iyer and Amol Palekar's "Anahat."
Some of his
recording in the form of Audio Cassettes and CDs have been brought out
by: Rhythm House, Pan Music, Times Music, Makar Records, Nimbus Records,
Navras Records, Alurkar Music House, Music Today.
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Shri. Abhay Narayan Mallick was born on 19th March, 1937 in a Dhrupad singing-
Brahmin family of Mallick's in village Amta, in Darbhanga District of Bihar.
His father Late Shri. Jay Narayan Mallick was a great connoisseur of music
besides being highly qualified as a lawyer. His mother Late Smt. Jaya Mallick
was in herself a great treasure of local folk music. He inherited the sacraments
(sanskar) of music from his grand father Pt. Shri Beni Madhav Mallick.
He was a great master of Dhrupad and was a source of inspiration for his
cousin Pt. Ram Chatur Mallick.
At the age
of 10 years, he stunned his elders by tuning the Tanpura perfectly and
won-over his guru to become disciple. He started the training of music
under Guru-Shishya Parampara from his guru Late Padamshri Pt. Ramchatur
Mallick at the age of Fourteen under the patronage of Raja Bahadur Bishweshwar
Singh. He started to learn the moods and the divine structure of ragas.
He learnt the finer and intrinsic parts of the ragas with relevant text.
He grasped the rare Bandishes and Dhrupad which the tradition has been
sustaining since centuries under the Guru – Shishya Parampara. After continuous
strict perseverance and a daily and systematic 8 Hrs of Riyaazand Taleem,
he managed to accompany his guru as vocal supporter at the age of Twenty
years. This way his learning continued for 18 years since he started.
After 5 years
of learning , in 1954 he gave his first performance at Raj Nagar Durbar
(Court) on Durga Puja Eve. The Jublient and generous “ Maharaja” gave him
Rs.501/- as a prize greatly impressed by him. He patted his shoulder and
advised to keep it up.
He has a major
touch of his guru's style of singing. His divine voice coupled with his
vibrant and devotional style distinguishes him from other singers. He has
got gravity and sobriety in tone – production. There is profuse use of
meend and gamak in the Alaap portion when the laya is fast. He gives prime
importance to the clarity of the text in Dhrupad singing besides, being
strict in its rendition as it has been taught by his master. His renditions
in the Taar-Saptak soothes the senses of listners.
that he not only sings Dhrupad but has equa authority and panache on Khayal,
Thumri, Kajri and other folk forms. Being a regular attendant of Durbar
for 18 years with his guru, he has a stock of rare Bandishes. In his style,
his spell-bound performance often deceives the audiences, who misjudge
him to be a Khayal or Thumri maestro.
He is a top-grade
artist in A.I.R. He is a recipient of the Sangeet Natak Academy Award in
2001. In 1971 he received fellowship from Sangeet Natak Academy, New Delhi.
He got the title of “SURMANI” from Sur Singar in 1972; “DHRUPAD BHUSAN”
from Dhrupad Society, Indore in 1990, & “DHRUPAD RATTAN” from Dhrupad
Society, Indore in 1996 to name a few.
He was the
jury member in the selection committee for “TANSEN AWARD” and “SHIKHAR
SAMMAN” in 1996. He was also the jury member for the “KALIDAS AWARD” and
“KUMAR GANDHARVA AWARD” in 1999.
As an artist
he has performed throughout the country, attending all musical concerts
and conferences. In a seminar convened by Sangeet Research Academy, Kolkata,
he demonstrated the ancient bandishes of Dhrupad. He performed at the Russian
Embassy where he won great applaud and was made the patron of “Indo-Russian
Cultural Committee”. He participated in “International Music Festival”
in 1993, organized by ICCR and Sangeet Natak Academy. In 1981, he accompanied
his guru, Pt. Pamchatur Mallick in the “Indian Festival” held in Germany
which attracted the crowd by his effective ancient Dhrupad singing. Germans
took great interest in Dhrupad and appreciated his style. Many students
have done M.A. (music, Doctorate and Phd. under his guidance.
1. The German
Govt. has released a compact disc along with his guru a German Co. has
prepared his individual compact disc.
2. A French
Co. has also released L.P. record and CD with his guru which was broadcasted
by UNESCO and was supplied to Pakistan Govt. on request.
has released his three cassettes in which he has sung Dhrupad Dhamar, Hori
and a Bhajan.
4. His latest
release is a cassette & C.D. by NINAAD Co. in which you have sung Dhrupad
– Dhamar in different Ragas.
as Dean Cum H.O.D., faculty of Music from Asia's only music university
“ Indira Kala Sangeet Vishvidyalaay Khairagarh, Chhattisgarh. At present
he is working for the expansion and propagation of Dhrupad – the ancient
form and root of the India Classical Music.”Dhrupad” which was sung by
Swami Hari Das and Tansen. At present he is striving to up the glory of
his illustrious ancestor. He has made many disciples including Sanjay Mallick
and Lata Mallick & Ajay Pathak who are still learning under the GURU-SHISHYA
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got inspiration in Music from my family itself. In our Mallick Gharana
enriched the Gauhar Bani which was introduced by Late Pt. Radha Krishna
Sharma & Karta Ram Sharma the followers of this Mallick Gharana from
Tansen to Bhupat Khan. My grand father Padamshree Late Pt. Ramchatur Mallick
who was a great mastro of Dhrupad under this tradition which flourished
in the Royal Court of Darbhanga. At present this tradition is being following
by S.N.A. Awardee & Dhrupad Rantna Awardee Pt. Abhay Narayan Mallick
who is my father and a leading Dhrupad Exponent of this era.
same tradition in Music I undertook the basic training in Music from my
Grand Father Late Padamshree Pt. Ramchartur Mallick. Under his guidance
I learnt the basic tacts of Dhurupad Gayaki (Sytle of singing) of Sainia
Gharana after the death of my Grandfather, Padamshree Pt. Ramchatur Mallick,
following the Guru Shishya Parampara I undertook music training under the
guidance of my father and Guru Pt. Abhay Narayan Mallick. As for my specialization
I got training of khayal, Thumri Dadra & Chaiti also from my Guru.
H.M.V. two Audio Records consisting Dhrupad. Thumri and Bhajan with Pt,.
Abhay Narayan Mallick.
and marketing Companyk, Mumbai has released a legency cassette. Gauhar
of Dhrupad and Dhamar with Pt. Abhay Narayan Mallick
represents the 20th generation of the Dagar parampara of the Dagarbani
school of Dhrupad music. He began his training under the tutelage of his
father, the great Rudra-Veena maestro, Ustad Zia Mohiuddin Dagar at the
age of eleven.
After the demise
of his father, he continued training in music under the able guidance of
his uncle Ustad Zia Fariduddin Dagar, an eminent Dhrupad vocalist.
He has performed
in prestigious Sammelans and Samaroahs in India and abroad. He has also
recorded with labels such as: Music Today (India); Makars (France); Indian
Music Archives (USA). He has been featured in various Classical Music programmes
on the Doordarshan (CPC, and National) Channels; Star Plus Channel (Ninad);
and on the Music Asia Channel. He has also featured in the documentary
film - Dhrupad, 1983 and the feature film The Cloud Door, 1994 both directed
by Mani Kaul.
in 1937 in Amta, Bihar, Abhay Narayan Mallick received his training in
dhrupad from Ram Chatur Mallick. He belongs to a distinguished family
of dhrupad musicians - the Darbhanga-Mallick gharana. In a career spanning
nearly four decades, A.N. Mallick has not only performed widely, but has
also popularised the dhrupad music of his gharana within the country and
abroad. He has participated in every notable music festival, including
the various dhrupad mela-s. A teacher of eminence, A.N. Mallick has a large
number of disciples; he earlier taught at the Indira Kala Sangeet Viswavidyalaya,
Khairagarh. A top-grade artist of All India Radio, he has a number of awards
to his credit. His renderings of dhrupad, dhamar, thumri and bhajan have
been published by recording companies in India, Germany and France.
and Ramakant Gundecha
one of India's leading exponents of the Dhrupad style of music. They are
among the most active young performers of Dhrupad in Indian and International
circuits. Born in Ujjain in Central India, both were initiated into music
by their parents.
Brothers received conventional university education and learned the Dhrupad
vocal art under the renowned Dhrupad vocalist Ustad Zia Fariduddin Dagar
and also with Ustad Zia Mohiuddin Dagar (the distinguished performer of
Rudra Veena) in Dhrupad Kendra, Bhopal.
have recorded more than 25 CDs and cassettes for many Indian and International
recording companies. The Gundecha Brothers have sung great Hindi poetry
by Tulsidas, Kabir, Padmakar, Nirala etc. in Dhrupad style and have also
composed music for several documentaries. They have been broadcasted on
British, U.S., German, French and Japan Radio. As well as being an integral
part of all of India's prestigious music festivals, the Brothers have also
performed and conducted workshops at many important International music
festivals and institutions in about 20 countries.
have received National Fellowship from 1987 to 89, Ustad Allauddin Khan
Fellowship in 1993, Sanskriti Award in 1994 and Kumar Gandharva Award in
1998 by Govt. of Madhya Pradesh and Dagar Gharana Award by Mewar Foundation
present the Brothers are teaching in Dhrupad Sansthan Bhopal in Guru Shishya
Parampara which they have established.
Gundecha has learnt Pakhawaj from Pandit Shrikant Mishra and Raja Chhatrapati
Singh JuDeo. He is a post graduate in music and a graduate in Law. Has
also got a scholarship from Ustad Allauddin Khan Sangeet Academy, Bhopal
and Govt.of India. Has accompanied many of the Dhrupad Maestros like -
Ustad Z.F. Dagar, Ustad Fahimuddin Dagar, Pt. Siyaram Tiwari etc. He has
also played solo recitals in Tansen Festival - Gwalior, Haridas Sangeet
Samaroh Mumbai, Dhrupad Samaroh Bhopal and many other festivals. He has
toured Europe, U.S.A, Canada, Australia, Japan, Singapore, Bangladesh,
U.A.E and Hongkong. Is regularly featured on Radio and Television.
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F. Wasifuddin Dagar
F. Wasifuddin Dagar represents the 20th generation of dedicated dhrupad
singers in the Dagar family. He is the nephew of Ustad N. Zahiruddin Dagar
and son of Ustad N. Faiyazuddin Dagar, the legendary younger "Dagar Brothers".
Though traditionally his family has always performed dhrupad as a duet,
Wasif (short form of his name) successfully presents the dynamic of a duet
in a solo performance by maintaining the distinct musical approaches and
styles of both his father and uncle.
See a rather detailed
resume of Ustad Wasifuddin
training was with his uncle Ustad N. Zahiruddin Dagar, and his father Ustad
N. Faiyazuddin Dagar. Wasif also had the good fortune of the tutelage of
his grand uncle Ustad Rahimuddin Khan Dagar, a dhrupad exponent and his
grandfather's younger brother. Other elders including uncles Ustad N. Aminuddin
Dagar, and Ustad N. Mohiuddin Dagar (renowned vina virtuoso) have also
greatly influenced him. Wasif continues to benefit from the knowledge,
experience and guidance of his uncles Ustad. R. Fahimuddin Dagar, Ustad
Z. Fariduddin Dagar, and Ustad. H. Sayeeduddin Dagar.
demise of his father in February 1989 paired Wasif with his uncle and teacher
Ustad N. Zahiruddin Dagar, who taught him the crucial aspects of jugalbandi
(duet) a specialty of the Dagar family. As the "Dagar duo" they toured
extensively. Their concerts and music was the subject of the French television
documentary "Dagarvani" in 1992. They have also recorded in Switzerland,
India, and America with major recording labels. Since the demise of his
uncle Ustad N. Zahiruddin Dagar in 1994, Wasif has been carrying on the
tradition of Dagarvani solo. His rendition of dhrupad is a unique blend
of his uncle's training, his father's quality of voice and temperament,
and his in-depth knowledge of the dhrupad tradition. His innovative alap
notes are spacious and colorful, ranging across the three octaves delineating
the personality of the raga in great clarity. His gamaks are fast and sonorous
yet retain the softness and sweetness of the raga inherent in dhrupad renditions.
Over the years he has developed subtle variations and improvisations by
modulation of volume and sound application to present many shades of the
same musical phrase. The composite effect of his dhrupad rendition remains
traditional, merging techniques and styles of both his teachers. His is
very popular with young listeners for his lively lecture demonstrations
illustrating old Vedic technicalities through metaphors from daily life.
regularly and extensively on Indian television and radio, at music festivals
and concerts. He performed for the UNESCO in France, and also toured the
Netherlands, Belgium, Switzerland, Hungary in 1998, for the United Nations
Peace Summit, and the World Festival of Scared Music of the Dalai Lama
in 2001. In several very successful concert tours, he has performed extensively
in the United States including at the Smithsonian Institution in Washington
DC, at Harvard University and several other prestigious venues. He has
also toured Japan and Europe. A May-June 2003 concert tour is scheduled
in France, Switzerland, the Netherlands, and Finland. His performances
have received rave reviews in The Washington Post, The New York Times and
other world press. Despite his active concert schedule, Wasif still finds
time to teach many talented youngsters grooming the next generation of
torchbearers for this ancient august tradition.
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Asad Ali Khan
Asad Ali Khan is one of the few active masters of the Rudra Veena (or Been)
today. He represents the beenkar gharana of Jaipur. He is also the last
surviving exponent of the Khandarbani - one of the four traditional schools
(banis) of dhrupad .
traditions go back seven generations into the 18th century when his ancestors
were royal musicians in the princely court of Jaipur. His great grandfather
Ustad Rajab Ali Khan and his grandfather Ustad Musharraf Khan were famous
been players in the court of Alwar. In the early decades of this century,
his father Ustad Sadik Ali Khan moved to the court at Rampur. It was here
that Asad Ali Khan began his training under his father. The training was
rigorous, with Asad Ali Khan practising for upto 14 hours a day. This lasted
for 15 years.
Asad Ali Khan is an undisputed master of his instrument, the Been . He
has perfect command over its exacting technique and his virtuosity on this
instrument is unparalleled. He is noted for the purity of his style as
well as the mood of profound contemplation evoked by his music. Ustadji
displays a refined and sublime spirit that he has developed through an
unstinting devotion to the music.
Ali Khan has perfomed in many countries all over the world. He also teaches
music at the University of Delhi in India and has conducted courses in
the US of A. He also has several music recordings to his name. He is a
top grade artist at the All India Radio and his programs are broadcast
His music has
been well recognized and he has recieved several awards and honors. He
has the Veena Visharad - the highest possible degree for music - from the
Benaras Hindu University and the Sangeet Shiromani Award from the Lalit
Kala Academy of Kanpur. In 1985, he received the Sangeet Natak Academi
Award, which is the most distinguished accolade for a musician in India.
He also won the Tiruna Dhrupad Award, Kashi in 1988 and Sahitya Kala Parishad
Award, Delhi in 1989. One of his most recent accolades was the Tansen Award