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Pandit Uday Bhawalkar dhrupad
Pratap Awad pakhawaj
Meghana Bhawalkar tanpura
Wake up on Saturday and immerse yourself into the spiritual and mesmerising sounds as the raga unfolds with no rush or care in the world, allowing a sense of peace to settle into the crevices of your mind. Bhawalkar returns to the Darbar Festival after his sold-out concert in 2011. At his musical and creative peak, he carries forward the remarkable Dagar style of dhrupad taught to him the intense Guru Shishya (teacher student relationship) by the Zia Fariduddin Dagar, and later under his guru's elder brother, Zia Mohiuddin Dagar. Dhrupad is considered to be the foremost improvisational classical systems from India which is rooted in its micro tonal slow development. Each note with pauses allows the space to bend notes through its shrutis (there are 22 sub notes between any two musical notes) which create both a primal and forceful development of the raga. Awad supports with the rhythmic accompaniment on the pakhawaj, the instrument of choice for dhrupad concerts for over 600 years.
“We have been accustomed to hearing dhrupad from childhood. This genre maintains its aristocracy and preserves its dignity within its wide boundaries. We have learnt two things from dhrupad – one side we have its wide sweep, its sobriety. On the other side is its self control, maintaining a balance within its aesthetics. It is essential to have a knowledge of ancient Indian dhrupad style music - this will save us from being seduced by weak and frothy music.” Rabindranath Tagore
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