by Murali Mohana Gowda
The second in the house concert series was held on the 28th of June (also in Bangalore) in the beautiful home of Mr. Jairam and Nalini Jairam who were generous to host the Baithak this time. We were deeply honoured to have Pt. Rajshekhar Vyas ji. He presented Raga Desh to the backdrop of pouring rain. His 'Laag- Daat' works were absolutely magical and unforgettable. He was accompanied on Rudraveena by HK Bloumkane and on Pakhawaj by Ramesh Chandra Joshi.
The Baithak was concluded with a short Alap in Bhairavi.
The Baithak was concluded with a short Alap in Bhairavi.
by S Venkatesan
Photographs courtesy: Chandini Nuggesh
The concept of Taranga is a series of house concerts inviting budding and professional artists and art lovers to come together to bring alive the erstwhile performance practice of Baithak. Taranga is a platform for many aspiring artists to showcase their talent irrespective of their form of art. It brings together like-minded artists and Rasikas.
The salubrious Bangalore weather was a perfect setting for a serene and uplifting session of Dhrupad Music. The singers were students of the famed Dhrupad Gurukul Sansthan, Bhopal, performing a Chamber concert in Bangalore on the 4th of June, 2017.
The opening performance was by Sajan Sankaran, who chose Raga Bhoopali for his presentation. Reflective of the rigorous training from the Gundechas, the sur was spot on right from the word go. Taking the audience along with him, Sajan wove patterns of the raga with impeccable tonal purity. Jod and jhala too were aesthetically constructed, without defying the grammar of dhrupad.
It was followed by Ms Nirupama Venkatesh, a young student of the Sansthan from South India. The enthusiasm and innovativeness of a young mind could be seen in the way she presented her Bhoopali. Although singing the same raga as her predecessor, Nirupama ensured that the audience heard from an entirely different perspective. The alap, jod, jhala and upaj, all bore a stamp of creative expression. However, experience will teach her that she will need to find that delicate balance between creativity and classicism.
The piece de resistance of the evening was the sublime Rudra Veena performance by Murali. The instrument, which forms the bedrock of Dhrupad music, was played with such control and subtlety that the audience were transported to a different realm, as it were. Raga Bhinna Shadaj was explored in its entirety, his dexterous fingers bringing out the subtle microtones through some beautiful gliding patterns between the notes. And, not in the least, the depth and profundity of the notes in the lower octaves merit a special mention in his performance.
I would be failing in my duty if I didn’t mention the amazing percussion support on the pakhawaj extended by Sukhad Munde, to all the three artistes. The beats were in perfect sync and unison with the music which greatly elevated the quality of the performance of the artistes.
Overall, it was a wholesome treat for the small but very attentive audience. It is hoped that we shall get to listen to more such concerts from Taranga.
Mr. S Venkatesan works as a Chief manager at Indian oil corporation (IOCL). Being and groomed into music for more than 40 years, he spends a great deal of time listening to different artists in the arena of Indian classical music. An ardent lover of art and science, his interests vary from music to trains to poetry, amongst which music, quantum mechanics and god are the most sought after.
Ustad Imamuddin Khan Dagar Indian Music, Art and Culture Society and the Dagar Archives
Photographs courtesy: Gunijan Sabha
Gunijan Sabha is organized by Ms. Shabana Dagar, President of Ustad Imamuddin Khan Dagar Indian Music Art & Culture Society and The Dagar Archives.
Scion of the Dagar Gharana, Shree Alimuddin Khan Dagar Sahab founded Ustad Imamuddin Khan Dagar Indian Music Art & Culture Society in 1978. Since then this society is working for enhancement of music, art & culture. Ms. Shabana Dagar and her brother Mr. Imran Dagar are governing the society activities for the last 14 years. They belong to the 20th Generation of the Dagar Family. They are the grandchildren of the late Vidwan Ustad Imamuddin Khan Dagar, exponent of Dagarvani Dhrupad Gharana.
Under the auspices of the society, in year 2009, Shabana Ji and Imran Ji established “The Dagar Archives”. This is the first archive of the Dagar family. It is located on 2nd floor of Ravindra Manch in Jaipur. As the name implies, the archives present the history of the Dagars and hosts rare recordings, rare pictures, artifacts and many more rarities associated with Dagar family.
The society also supports research work. Two students have completed their PhD research work in music under the auspices of the Society and the Dagar Archives.
The society conducts cultural events and Classical music concerts in Jaipur, Delhi
and other cities, focusing on performance and dialogue with artists from different
For further information on the Dagar Archives, Ms Shabana Dagar can be contacted at +91-99298 78604
In memory of PadmaShree Late Pandit Siyaram Tiwari
by Sumeet Anand Pandey
Dhrupad Sabha is a biannual Indian classical music festival dedicated to Dhrupad Style. It is organised by family-run ‘Pandit Siyaram Tiwari Memorial Sangeet Trust’ in March and August in Patna and New Delhi, respectively to pay musical tribute to Doyen of Darbhanga Gharana, PadmaShree Late Pandit Siyaram Tiwari (March 1919 to August 1998).
In his loving memory, his family members have formed ‘Pandit Siyaram Tiwari Memorial Sangeet Trust’, which organises Dhrupad Sabha, a biannual Dhrupad Festival that takes place in March and August in Patna and New Delhi, respectively. Dhrupad Sabha is a step in the direction of preserving, promoting, and popularising Indian Classical Music, particularly Dhrupad among masses, through paying musical tribute to this Dhrupad legend. It follows a single evening format, where one young and one senior Dhrupad artist is awarded followed by their recitals. Besides this, an instrumental recital in Dhrupad style is also the highlight of Dhrupad Sabha.
Started in August 2014, Dhrupad Sabha has awarded ‘Pandit Siyaram Tiwari Varishtha Kalakar Sanman’ to Pandit Abhay Narayan Mallick, Pandit Raghuvir Mallick, Ustad Wasifuddin Dagar, Pandit Ritwik Sanyal (All Dhrupad Vocal) and ‘Pandit Siyaram Tiwari Yuva Kalakar Sanman’ to Sangeet Pathak, Ashutosh Upadhyay, Rishi Shankar Upadhyay and Shubhashish Pathak (All Pakhawaj). Other artists who have performed at Dhrupad Sabha are Pandit Santosh Nahar (Violin), Pandit Ravi Shankar Upadhyay (Pakhawaj), Dr. Reeta Das (Sarod), Shubh Maharaj (Tabla), and Dr. Nishindra Kinjalk (Surbahar). In the Aug 2016 edition in Delhi, Dr. Madhu Bhatt Tailang received the Dhrupad vocal -- Senior award and Sh. Mrinal Mohan Upadhyay received the Yuva award for Pakhawaj.
In a short span of 3 years, Dhrupad Sabha has managed to establish itself as a reputed Dhrupad festival in the country with little support from outside. This could not be possible without the unconditional support of artist community as the programs are largely self-funded so far. The Trust is aiming to organise a mega Dhrupad Sabha in March 2019 celebrating the birth centenary of Pandit ji and seeks support from individuals and institutions, private as well as the government.
The last Dhrupad Sabha was held in March 2017 in Patna.
In memory of Ustad Zia Mohiuddin and Ustad Zia Fariduddin Dagar
by Murali Mohana Gowda
Little did I know an idea of this magnitude could ever be materialized so easily in just one meeting, when I was playing Yaman, one of my favorite ragas at Nalini Aunty's house located in The Valley School, Bangalore (one of those unbelievable events in life that forces you to believe in the unbelievable). Nalini aunty had quite a reputation for hosting an array of classical musicians, including the legends like Ustad Fariduddin Dagar, in the past. But the project I was about to propose to her was nothing like she had ever organized.
A few years ago, when the great Ustad Saheb was in his body, I had the privilege and honor to attend, Gurudarshan shibir in Pune. What I witnessed there would continue to inspire me for years to come.
It was a gathering of all his students and their students under one roof. The great banyan tree of the Dhrupad world. As a student of music it was a great opportunity to learn from one and all, but after Ustad Saheb left his body, we could never meet, though we always wanted to, which came to me as a calling that later took the name SMARAN.
Smaran was intended to bring together the legacy of Ustad Zia Mohiuddin Dagar (Bade Ustad) and his younger brother Ustad Zia Fariduddin Dagar (Chote Ustad), under one roof, in their fond memory. These two great musicians, not only, immensely, contributed to dhrupad but also revived this endangering art by being the most important Gurus (intentionally avoiding the word teachers) of their era. Their able legacy includes many of the extraordinary musicians of today.
An annual festival, Smaran was first held in November 2015 at The Valley School, Bangalore and the second in November 2016 in Dhrupad Sansthan, Bhopal.