February 16, 17, 18, 2006

Prakriti Foundation in association with Sangeet Natak Akademi, New Delhi presents a grand Dhrupad Music Festival Celebrating the oldest form of Hindustani classical music

Venue: The Museum Theatre, Egmore, Chennai

16 th February 2006
6 - 8 pm - Uday Bhawalkar - vocal
8 - 10 pm - Abhay Narayan Mallick - vocal

17th February 2006
6 - 8 pm - Bahawuddin Dagar - Rudra Veena
8 - 10 pm - Gundecha brothers - vocal

18th February 2006
6 - 8 pm - Wasifuddin Dagar - vocal
8 - 10 pm - Asad Ali Khan - Rudra Veena

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Dhrupad 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.
Dhrupad 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.
This 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".

Uday Bhawalkar

Born 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.
He 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 in 2001.
In 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.
He 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.

Uday Bhawalkar
5, Sahawas Society, Lane no.1
Karve Nagar Pune 411052
Tel/Fax- 91-20-25410033, 25461709, 09890116341
Email: udaybhawalkar@vsnl.com, www.udaybhawalkar.com

Abhay Narayan Mallick

Pandit 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.

Singing Style :
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.

Its noteworthy 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.

Achievements :
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.

Record & cassettes :
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.
3. H.M.V. 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.

He retired 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 PARAMPARA.

Contact :
Pt. Abhay Narayan Mallick
Flat No. 56, Arsh Apartment,
Alpha - I, Greater Noida,
Gautam Budha Nagar, U.P.- 201308, India
Tel. No. +91-120-5575145
Mobile : 9213981524
E-mail : sanjaykrmallick@yahoo.com

Flat No. G-103, Orchid, Gundecha Tower,
Thakur Village, Kandevelly - East, Borivelly,
Mumbai, India
Tel No. : +91-22-56032090
Mobile : 09819730914, 09819791039
E-mail : sanllick@essar.com

Sanjay Kumar Mallick

I 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.

Following the 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.

Records & Cassettes:
Released by H.M.V. two Audio Records consisting Dhrupad. Thumri and Bhajan with Pt,. Abhay Narayan Mallick.
Ninaad Music and marketing Companyk, Mumbai has released a legency cassette. Gauhar of Dhrupad and Dhamar with Pt. Abhay Narayan Mallick

Baha'ud'din Mohiuddin Dagar

Baha'ud'din 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.

Abhay Narayan Mallick

Born 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.

Umakant and Ramakant Gundecha
are 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.

Gundecha 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.
They 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.
They 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 in 2001.
At present the Brothers are teaching in Dhrupad Sansthan Bhopal in Guru Shishya Parampara which they have established.
Akhilesh 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.
'Sundaram' 15, Lakeside Professors' Colony
Bhopal - 462002, India
Tel. & fax: ++(91)755.266.0873 (Landline)
Mobile: ++(91) 9300830873
Email: gundecha@sancharnet.in Web site - www.dhrupad.org

Ustad F. Wasifuddin Dagar

Ustad 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.

Wasif's early 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.

The untimely 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.

Wasif performs 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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Ustad Asad Ali Khan

Ustad 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 .

His family 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.

Today, Ustad 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.

Ustad Asad 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 regularly.

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 in 1994.