Student Feedbacks

“Après un premier séjour un Inde du Sud durant lequel je me suis
initié à la musique carnatique auprès d’un maître de violon de
Puducherry, j’ai découvert le chant Dhrupad avec Yvan Trunzler à Lyon
puis suis venu à Bhopal, au Dhrupad Sansthan, pour étudier deux mois
auprès de Umakant et Ramakant Gundecha.

Le Dhrupad Sansthan est vraiment très accueillant et parfaitement
adapté pour les étrangers désireux de découvrir ce type de musique
Indienne. Les niveaux des étudiants sont très hétérogènes (de
débutants à musiciens professionnels) et les classes sont ouvertes aux
instrumentistes. Beaucoup d’étrangers vont et viennent dans cette
école et, quel que soit votre projet, les frères Gundecha sauront
adapter leurs enseignements pour vous transmettre au mieux leur amour
de la musique.

Par ailleurs, le cadre est idéal : l’école est au milieu d’un coin de
campagne silencieux et reposant, les chambres, de une, deux ou trois
personnes en fonction des périodes d’affluences, sont très agréables,
les trois repas de la journée sont assez basiques mais nourrissant et
l’ambiance au sein de l’école est détendu et studieuse.

Venir étudier ici auprès de trois grands maîtres du Dhrupad et dans
des conditions pareils est une grande chance.”

Pierre Fey ( France)

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“Provo una profonda gratitudine per il tempo che ho potuto trascorrere in questo luogo unico e prezioso.

Il Gurukul è una bolla magica all’interno della quale si realizza l’incantesimo di una luminosa condivisione sonora. L’universalismo del Dhrupad rende possibile un profondo e proficuo interscambio tra studenti di ogni parte del mondo.

Grazie alla grande generosità dei Guruji (Umakant, Ramakant e Akhilesh) e alla loro encomiabile dedizione, qui, la trasmissione del sapere musicale è al contempo scienza del suono e percorso dell’anima.”

Nicola Biondi, Italy (Italian)

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“StudierenimGurukul hat mirsehrvielgelehrt, diesePräzision, mit der gesungenwirdbeigleichzeitigermentalerentspanntheitist super. Dhrupad gehtsehrtief und so sind die Gundechas und ihreMusik. Gleichzeitigsindsiegeerdet und einfach. Ichkonntehier auf mehrerenEbenenvielmitnehmen, fürmeineMusik und fürmeinLeben.”

michaelakermann,österreich

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“КогдаГуруслишкомвелик, чтобыпоместиться в однотело ..
БратьяГундечанепростоталантливыемузыканты, но и прекрасныеучителя, к которымприезжаютучитьсядрупадумузыкантыразногоуровнясовсехуголковЗемли. В Гурукулевсеспособствуетобучению – начинаяотглубокойдушевнойсвязимеждуГуру и учениками, заканчиваякрасивымсадом, уютнымикомнатами и вкуснойедой. ОсобенностьГурукула в том, чтооннаходитсявдалиотцивилизации и ничегонеотвлекаетотучебы – единственныезвуки, которыеможноуслышать в Гурукуле – этозвукимузыкальныхинструментов и голосаучеников. Всеученикиприсутствуютназанятияхдругдруга – этодополнительноразвиваетслух и даетвозможностьучитыватьнетолькосвоиошибки, а такжеучитьсямастерству у болееопытных.
ОбаГурузамечательныеучителя – онипередаютсвойопыт с разныхсторон, используютразныеподходы и упражнения. Друпад – этобольшечеммузыка, большечемкачественноеисполнениераг, большечемзвуки – этотончайшиевибрации, которымнаучитьнетакпросто, нобратьямГундечаэтозамечательноудается – своимполемонирасширяютпространство в уме и сознании и у васначинаетполучатьсязвучатьтак, каквыдаженепредставляли, чтоможете.
Я получилабесценныйопыт и благодарназакаждуюминуту, проведенную в Гурукуле. Жду с нетерпением, когдаприеду в следующийраз.”

ПранамГуруджи

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“Como estudanteuniversitária de canto popular, eufiqueiprofundamenteimpressionada com o sistema de ensino do gurukul.  O « approach » destatradição me pareceumaisintuitivo, e de certa forma, maisconectado com umaessênciamuitoprofunda, coisa da qualeusentiafalta no ambienteuniversitário. Nãosóisso, estesistema de ensino é muito  eficaz. Certosobstáculos de técnica vocal com osquaiseuvinhalidandohámuito tempo foramresolvidosemsomentedoismeses de estadia com osirmãosGundecha. Volteipra casa cantando um pouco (pouquinho!!) de Dhrupad mas tambémcantandomusicabrasileiramuitomelhor, com um ouvido e umatécnica de improvisaçaobemmaisdesenvolvidos!  Fora issoprecisodizertambémqueosirmãosGundechanãosãosomentebons cantores, elessãoexcelentesprofessores, dedicados e pacientes. Fiqueimuitoimpressionada com estaexperiência, tanto é quefaçoquestão de voltaraestudar com eles.”

Cristina Duarte , Brazil ( Portuguese)

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בשני הקיצים האחרונים נסעתי ללמוד בגורוקול של הגונדצ’ה בבהופל המקום בפאתי העיר  מוקף בשדות  מטופח ויפיפה . כל בוקר המורים מגיעים ומלמדים .השיעורים הינם אישיים אך לא פרטיים כל אחד יושב מול המורה בתורו והשאר מקשיבים [זה לא חובה ] . הרמה של התלמידים ממתחילים גמורים ועד זמרים שכבר סיימו תואר בביצוע.

רוב התלמידים הודים בשנות ה20ובדרך כלל יש גם 2 3 זרים מכל גיל ולאום. תנאי המחייה טובים והאוכל בסיסי אבל אפשר גם לקנות ולבשל שם .וכל זה ניתן על בסיס תרומה אל אף שיש מחיר מומלץ והוא זול ממש .

אז מי שרוצה ללמוד דרופד או להעמיק את הידע בראגות כזמר או נגן כלי מומלץ להגיע לבהופל ולשבת להתאמן ברצינות.

NuritOfer, Isreal ( Hebrew)

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“L’esperienza al gurukul di bhopal e’ statameravigliosa, unastrutturaconfortevole dove poterpraticareedapprenderel’arte del dhrupad. La praticagiornaliera e’ intensa e alternalezioni di gruppo a momenti di approfondimentoindividuale. Unottimoposto dove le potenzialita’ musicali e dell’esserepossonoesseresviluppate grazie allaguidaattenta e continua deimaestriGundecha. Sicuramenteun’esperienza da riproporre in occidentesia per la didatticache per la qualita’ di comunita’ di musicistipraticanticheviene a crearsi; l’energiautilizzata per la pratica da tuttiimusicistiresidenticreaunaforzanotevolechemiglioral’apprendimentodelprincipiante e l’approfondimento per ilmusicistapiu’ esperto, anche per le occasioni di interplaying chesipresentano. Esperienzaassolutamente da fare e consigliare a musicistiprofessionisti e appassionatidellaMusica Indiana.”

Linda  Palazzolo, Italy ( Italian)

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“私は2008年から5年半をドゥルパド・サンスターンで過ごしました。グルクルに来たばかりの私は、ヒンディー語で一、二、三を数えることも出来ませんでしたし、右手だけで(私は左利きですから余計…)カレーを食べることも、サレガマを正しく歌うことも出来ないあり様でした。グルジーは最初にグルクルでのレッスンだけでは君はどうにもならないので、とにかく練習するようにと、基礎的な宿題・課題を沢山与えて下さいました。

その練習は朝四時からの低音(カラチ)練習やメール・カンド(三つや四つの音を使って全ての組み合わせを決められた順番のとおりに歌う)や、発声の基礎、発音はもちろん厳しく指導されました。その過程で、喉を壊したり声が出ない日が数週間続いたり、体調を崩したりと大変精神的、肉体的にも辛い経験をしました。

しかしそんな自分をいつも奮い立たせたのは、グルジーがどんなに多忙でも、毎日グルクルにドゥルパドの未来のパフォーマーを育てるために情熱を持って教えに来られ、息を呑むほど美しい歌を聞かせてくださり、あぁ自分もいつの日かあんなに美しい音を出したい、と思えたからです。

私は今後、よりいっそう修行を続け、今までドゥルパドに親しみのなかった人たちや地域に、この音楽を届ける役目を果たしてゆきたいと思っています。グルジーに感謝をこめて。”

2013/9/3 井上想

Inoue Sou, Japan ( Japanese)

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“Gurukul, nichtnureinGarten des Wachsens, sondernwahresweltkulturerbe: dass menschen allernationen und religionenzusammenlebenwiegeschwisteruntereinemdach, mit den gleichenstimmensingen, jenseitsallersprachen :aaaranana!
Dhrupad alslebensweg, das heisstverfeinerung des geistes, des herzens, wer gut lauschenkannlerntbesser, und der gartenlehrtuns, dassalleswaechstzu seiner zeit.
alllerdreiengurujeesarbeit, unermuedlich, praezise, grosszuegig, geduldig, ist von unschaetzbarem wert.
ichverbeugemich, mitliebendem dank,
Pranam!

‘the substance of art is mindfulness.’ (thichnhathanh)

Pranam, bow down to soundless sound
to the feet of dhruva-pada
thousand feet of naad
to the milk (the shrutis)
the churning of the milk
to the stillness
oh coloured mind, fineness refined
every day one more leaf grows
another falls.”

Hannah, Germany

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“To my mind, Dagar Bani Dhrupad constitutes one of the worlds’ great cultural treasures and I feel extremely fortunate to have the opportunity to study it with such wonderful teachers as the Gundecha Brothers. The work they are doing in creating the Bhopal Dhrupad Sansthan is, as far as I know, unparalleled as far as creating an environment which brings the traditional Guru-Shishya-Parampara system into the twenty first century in a way which welcomes students from many different cultural backgrounds and without compromising the traditional rigour of this teaching method. I have found the Gundecha Brothers and their families to be at all times exceptionally generous, supportive and liberal with their teaching, their encouragement and their support. The physical environment of the Gurukul is beautiful and peaceful, and generously comfortable and the student community is welcoming and supportive.

I wholeheartedly recommend the Bhopal Dhrupad Sansthan to anyone who wishes to study this art form.”

- Mr. Chris Sprague from Australia <chris@melbournemusic.info>

“What impressed me the most at first was Gundecha Brothers insatiable desire of spreading and teaching Dhrupad, in it’s Pure form. To the point of you forgetting space and time. Your Passion and Love for Dhrupad could be felt through your teaching and has enliven for me that sense of wonder and sacredness for this amazing sacred divine form of Musical expression. And your sense of chhand, in the alap, is absolutely mind blowing, almost beyond this world. At last, but not least: You do not impose your stile to the students. You adapt your phrasing in accordance to their own self expression and teach us, that way, to be more aware of one own musical tendencies and talent so it can blossom freely. And thank you so much, for all that. I’m very impressed!”

- Ms. Florence Morfiosse (Shivala) from France <shivala@mail.com>

“My experience at Dhrupad Sansthan has exceeded all expectations. We are so fortunate that the Gundecha family is carrying on the traditional Gurukul method of teaching and preserving the art of Dhrupad for future generations. I highly recommend this school to anyone and everyone who is interested in exploring the music of India, and I feel certain that everyone can experience the joy and spiritual depth of this music here at Dhrupad Sansthan.”

- Ms. Jennifer Melmon from USA <jmelmon@yahoo.com>

“I have come to Dhruapad Sansthan to study music but I feel that around the music there are also many facets of the cultural environment that are transmitted through this intensive traditional teaching method. The Guru-Shishya-Parampara reveals to me the cultural ground from which the music springs thus giving me a much deeper and richer understanding of the music itself. The Gundecha Brothers are very generous in welcoming me and making me a part of their religious, cultural and social functions and celebrations, and for this I feel most fortunate.”

- Mr. Inoue So from Japan <sou_nd13@hotmail.co.jp>

“I’m very happy to be studying in Dhrupad Sansthan. I don’t know a better adapted place to learn Dhrupad, one of the oldest singing styles. Gundecha Bandhu is doing extremely important work to keep this ancient heritage alive.”

- Ms. Anna Bohini from Switzerland <potenziale@gmx.ch>

“Here at Dhrupad Sansthan I love following the rhythm of nature, getting up with the sun, sleeping near the stars, listening to the birds, and enjoying the colours of each season. This enviironment gives me inner peace for practice. Every morning, afternoon and evening I sing with the tamboura. It is my daily companion. When my voice and the tone of the tamboura meet, I feel myself flowing slowly in the depth of sound. Every day I experience the grace of being intimate with the notes, then external preoccupations and all kinds of thoughts become inconsequential. In the palm of Dhrupad, I feel myself blossoming day by day. We hear this music in the clear voices of our gurus. It is a continuous meditation, a meeting with true emotions, a journey of the soul. In this place the peaceful solitude is balanced with the moments I share with the other students. Everyone respects one another, and this helps us to rise in the field of music.”

- Ms. Deborah Ollevier from Belgium <deboll_7@hotmail.com>

“I am really grateful that I had a chance of studying Indian music and culture in Dhrupad Sansthan Bhopal. What impressed me most was the friendly atmosphere from Indian people in Gurukul. This was my first visit to India.

What I learned about Dhrupad is that it is so ancient, so deep and harmonic. It led me involving in the pure Indian music and I can’t help myself surviving without it. Actually I am living now with this kind of music in China and with all memory of my days and nights spent in Gurukul.”

- Mr. Xue Ting from China <digting3@hotmail.com>

- A loving thank you note from Tara Kini, Raje, Gita and Essmath of Sunaad Group, Bangalore. Please click here to see.

- A Feedback note from Georg Gratzer. Click here to see.