About Dhrupadmusic

Dhrupad is the most ancient style of Hindustani (North Indian) classical music that has survived until today in its original form. The Dhrupad tradition is a major tradition of Indian culture.

The nature of Dhrupad music is spiritual, seeking not to entertain but to induce feelings of peace and contemplation in the listener. It is a form of devotional music that traces back to the ancient text of Sam Veda.

Haridas performing for Tansen. In the background king Akhbar.

Dhrupad is a heritage, which was transmitted since pre-Indian times in the so called Gurushishya Parampara system, in which the student lives with the teacher in close proximity. The student gives his life to the teacher and receives in turn, the blessings of this rich music.

Dhrupad however, has enormous relevance to today’s generation. It is a meditation, focusing people to that which is essential in life, the moment, here and now. Dhrupad music is pure energy which vitalises, harmonises and leads to bliss, joy and peace.

Zia Fariduddin Dagar with Uday Bhawalkar 2011

Each Raaga represents a different physical state of nature. Evening ragas have a different tonal system to morning Ragas, creating different atmosphere and evoking different feelings. The musician and the well-trained listener can merge with nature through the tool of music.

Dhrupad is an exquisite listening and singing experience providing entertainment of the highest level!