Dhrupad is the most ancient style of Hindustani (North Indian) classical music that has survived until today in its original form. The nature of Dhrupad music is spiritual and devotional and traces back to the ancient text of Sam Veda. It is meditative but charged with energy that vitalizes, harmonizes and leads to bliss, joy and peace. It also places great emphasis on maintaining the purity of the raga (tonal scales) and the swara (notes). In the introduction, Amit will speak about this background and how this music style is structured. He will explain and give singing examples of each part (alap, jor, jhala, bandish).
Dhrupad is the tradition in which I grew up and is the tradition that has been in my family for generations. This heritage has been 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. This was exactly how I learned. My grandfather, a court musician to the king, was my first teacher and after winning various scholarships, I spent several years with the late Ustad Zia Faiduddin Dagar and then many more years with the renowned Padmashri Gundecha brothers with whom I performed throughout India.
Since moving to Switzerland in 2012 I have become equally at home performing a solo concert in a concert hall, leading kirtan in the temple, joining a jazz band in a club, leading a mantra workshop or performing for a house concert at a family get-together. I also teach private classes and transmit this heritage to my students.