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The stars of dhrupad

The Gundecha Brothers are outstanding representatives of the northern Indian dhrupad way of singing. This Hindustani song-tradition reaches back into Vedic times, and the Gundecha Brothers´ special contribution is cautious innovation.
The brothers Umakant and Ramakant Gundecha are stars of dhrupad, the oldest style of singing still surviving in northern India. After studying music at the Madhav Music College in Ujjain, the brothers were trained as dhrupad singers by the well known singer Ustad Zia Fariduddin Dagar and his elder brother, the veena-virtuoso Ustad Zia Mohiuddin Dagar in Bhopal.
Even today, dhrupad is held to be the quintessence of classical Indian music and has led to or influenced nearly all later styles and forms. Typical of dhrupad, which is sung mostly by two people, is the strict system of shaping the drawn-out musical form, the restrained use of ornaments, the wayward rhythmical variations and a contemplative manner. The name ´dhrupad´ comes from the words ´dhruva´ and ´pada´ and means ´fixed verse´. The idea is that the text, the melody and the rhythm relate to each other in a fixed way and are part of the composition.

The Gundecha Brothers´ singing is marked by a great feeling for melody, an imposing register, and a fullness and power, which are expressed in their timbre. By cautiously renewing the dhrupad-tradition, they have reawakened interest in this temple-music even in India; and by incorporating texts from the poets Tulsidas, Padmakar, Nirala and Reshav Das, they have revitalised its poetic force. The broad range of their musical interests has led them to work several times with Astad Deboo, the leading Indian choreographer.

The Gundecha Brothers have won many awards and appeared at many festivals like the Flanders Festival in Belgium, and in the Smithsonian Institute in Washington DC.


Events at the HKW:
29th February 1992
Indian Festival 1992
Classical Music from India
Umakant and Ramakant Gundecha
Dhrupad-Song
Organiser: House of World Cultures

9th July 1995
Gundecha Brothers
Dhrupad-Song from Northern India
Organiser: House of World Cultures

Works

Bhaktamar Stotra: Chants Of Jainism

Published Audio,
2006
Sense World Music

Sattva

Published Audio,
2005
Sense World Music

Tears On A Lotus

Published Audio,
2004
Sense World Music

Darshan

Published Audio,
2004
Sense World Music

Ancestral Voices

Published Audio,
1998

Raga Darbari

Published Audio,
1997

Gundecha Brothers in Concert, Live in Berlin

Published Audio,
1995

Bhaktimala Rama Vol. 1

Published Audio,
1994
Music Today

Naad Sugandh Vol.1/2

Published Audio,
1993
Label HMV

Young Masters Vol. 1

Published Audio,
1992
Music Today

Bhaktimala Hanuman Vol. 1

Published Audio,
1991
Music Today

Bhaktimala Shiva Vol. 1

Published Audio,
1991
Music Today

Projects

This artist took part in the following project(s) organized/funded by the culturebase.net partner institutions.

Festival of India

(07 September 91 - 17 March 92)

Www

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"Raga Bihag- Night Melody Raga - Alap and Dhamar"

Excerpt from "Raga Bihag - Night Melody Raga - Alap and Dhamar" taken from the CD "Dhrupad Concert - Night Melody Raga"
IPPNW-Concerts
Haus der Kulturen der Welt, 09.06.1995

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