Trained Students

Bihar Brothers

Dhrupad Vocal  Duet  by  Sanjeev  &  Manish
Bihar Brothers – Both Sanjeev and Manish hail from Bihar and have been trained in Gurukul , Dhrupad Sansthan Bhopal  under Gundecha Brothers  from last 8 years.

Sanjeev Jha

Sanjeev has the honour of being the first male Dhrupad Singer to be trained at the Dhrupad Sansthan (Gurukul) by world renowned Dhrupad Singers, Padmashri Gundecha Brothers (Shri Umakant Gundecha& Shri Ramakant Gundecha) of Bhopal,underthe Guru Shishya Parampara.  Since 2007he has been under their able guidance and has been performing with them at many reputed platforms throughoutthe country and abroad.

He received his initial training from Ustad Habeeb Khan(Hazipur) from1994 -1996and Pandit Arun Bhaduri(SRA,Kolkata) from1996-1998.Sanjeev has done his Bachelor in Music(B’mus) from Banaras Hindu University(BHU) and Masters in Music(M’mus) from Delhi University.

HONOURS & TITLES:

SirDorabji Tata Fellowship(For Advanced Study in Dhrupad)

Surmani(2009)

PERFORMANCES:

Some of the platforms that he has performed on, include:

  • HARIDAS SANGEET SAMELAN(Mumbai)
  • Smriti Nandan (Bangalore) organized by Sunaad
  • SAWAI GANDHARVA HALL(Pune)
  • INTERNATIONAL YOUTH FESTIVAL(Pushkar,Rajasthan)
  • DESI MARGI SANGEET SAMELAN(Kudari,Uttar Pradesh)
  • DHRUPAD RAJANI(Dalla,Uttar Pradesh)
  • Dhrupad Samaroh- Chandra Mandapam, Space, Chennai.
  • Dhrupad Jugalbandi Utsav (Doordarshan Bhopal), Live on DD Bharati
  • Dhrupad Parv – Utthan Manch, Haldwani (Uttarakhand)
  • Dhrupad Parv dedicated to Ustad Zia Fariduddin & Zia Mohinuddin Dagar– Udaipur (Rajasthan)

He accompanied his Gurus and performed with them, on a Five-country Dhrupad tour organized by ICCR, in October 2013 (Singapore, Phillipines, Belgium, Argentina, Brazil).

WORKSHOPS:

  • Conducted a week long Dhrupad Workshop in Ranchi, in August 2012.

He was one of the founder faculty for the Dhrupad Sankula which was started in Bengaluru in September 2012, in association with the Valley School and the Shrishti School of Design, Bengaluru. He continues to go there from time to time, whenever required.

He has been training students in Dhrupad at the Shriram Bharatiya Kala Kendra, Delhi, on behalf of his Gurus since 2009.

He is also training a batch of students in Dhrupad, in Gurgaon, since October 2012.

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Manish Kumar

Manish Kumar is an accomplished Dhrupad (Hindustani Classical Music) Vocalist.

He started his basic training at the age of 15 at Samastipur. Later he came to Varanasi and joined the Faculty of Performing Arts, BHU for his Diploma in Vocal (Hindustani Classical) Music, and then got his B.Mus. and M.Mus. degrees from Indira Kala Sangeet Vishwavidhyalaya, Khairagarh.

Dr. Vijay Kapoor, from Varanasi is his first guru. Later he came to Bhopal and joined Dhrupad Sansthan. He learnt the art of Drupad singing under the Guru-Shishya Parampara from Padmashri Gundecha Brothers for more than 8 years and has completed his Dhrupad singing Course from here. He still continues to learn from the Gundecha Brothers in Bhopal.

Manish Kumar has received the National Scholarship from the Govt. of India for Dhrupad Singing (2009-11). He also was awarded a scholarship from the Sir Dorabji Tata Trust, Mumbai for his studies in Dhrupad Sansthan.

He is currently an active performer of Dhrupad Music and is also currently teaching on behalf of Dhrupad Sansthan at its branch in Hyderabad. Some of his major performances are listed below:

  • Nagpur – Pratibha Utsav, 2010
  • Jabalpur – Pratibha Utsav, 2010
  • Katni – Prasansh (CBI), 2011
  • Dattia – Devi Mahotsav, 2011
  • Omkareshwar – Gaan Mahotsav, 2011
  • Manav Sangralay – Shraddhanjali, 2012
  • Bharat Bhavan – Gaayan Parv, 2013
  • Haldwani – Harela Dhrupad Parv, 2013
  • Udaipur – Dhrupad Parv (DD Bharti), 2014
  • Hyderabad- RSI club 2014

Ramesh Chandra Joshi

Ramesh has the honour of learning the Pakhawaj from Shri Akhilesh Gundecha at the Dhrupad Sansthan, Bhopal (Gurukul) under the Guru Shishya Parampara since 2008.  Since then he has been under his guidance and has been performing  with reputed artists at many platforms throughout the country.He has had the good fortune to receive lessons in Pakhawaj (aashirwaad) from Dadaguru Late Pandit Srikant Misra ji too.Ramesh has completed his M.A. (Acharya) in Sanskrit. He has also completed Sangeet Prabhakar (Prayaag Sangeet Samiti) and Sangeet Bhaskar (running, from Chandigarh).

PERFORMANCES:

  • Dhrupad Samaroh (Chandra Mandapam, Spaces, Chennai)
  • Music Academy (Chennai)
  • Baiju Bawra Sangeet Samaroh (Ravindra Bhavan, Bhopal)
  • Baiju Bawra Sangeet Samaroh (Chanderi, MP)
  • Bhartiya Nritya Kala Mandir (Patna)
  • Azad Bhawan ICCR (New Delhi)
  • Smriti Nandan Hall, Bangalore (organized by Sunaad)
  • Sawai Gandharva Hall, Pune
  • Ahemdabad – organized by Saptak Society
  • Dhrupad Jugalbandi Utsav (24-27 November, 2011), Doordarshan Bhopal
  • Dhrupad Parv (4-7 July, 2012) – Doordarshan Kendra, Bhopal
  • Pakhawaj parv 2013- Dooadarshan Kendra Bhopal,
  • Rashtriya Dhrupad Samaroh Udaypur 2013,
  • Pakhawaj Parv Pune 2014
  • Rachana Mahotsav –Almora
  • Dhrupad Parv – Utthan Manch, Haldwani
  • Bhakti Sangeet 2013- Nehru Park, Delhi

are some of the platforms at which he has performed.

ARTISTS ACCOMPANIED:

  • Padmashri Gundecha Brothers
  • Pandit Mukul Shivputra
  • Smt. Sulochna Brihaspati
  • Radhika Umdekar Budhkar (Vichitra Veena)
  • Many upcoming Dhrupad singers from the Dhrupad Sansthan, Bhopal.

OTHER ACCOMPLISHMENTS:

  • Played in both styles, “solo” and “Accompanying artist” at various places.
  • Playing with Sunaad in music and Drama show of Swar Katha Upanishad.
  • He is teaching Pakhawaj regularly in the Dhrupad Sankula inaugurated recently in Bengaluru (since September 2012) in association with the Valley School and the Shrishti School of Design, Bengaluru.
  • Working as a staff accompanist at the Shriram Bharatiya Kala Kendra, Delhi.

Contact:

+91 9410936936/ +91 8982119061

Email: Rameshgurukul2008@gmail.com


Supriyo Maitro

Supriyo Maitro is one of the most prominent aspiring Dhrupad vocalists of Dagar Vani style. He  studied Dhrupad under the tutelage of Padmashree Gundecha Brothers in  Guru shishya paramampara at Dhrupad Sansthan. He did his post-graduation in music from Rabindra Bharati University and after qualifying UGC NET he has served as an Assistant Professor in music for almost 2 years under Vidyasagar University. Not only he is an Intense Performer but also very popular facilitator of many workshops on Music at various parts of India like Dehli, Bangalore,Kolkata ,Guwahati Etc.

His album “Dhrupad Amor” is released In South America and currently working on other albums too.
He has been instrumental in designing softwares on Indian music with reputed IT organizations. He has recorded alap of 50 ragas for a internationally reputed software company to make a Raga-Detective software and record tanpuras  of all the pitches for a musical instrument company which is very popular in the market.
Being a Graded artist of Akashvani Delhi, he has been giving regular performances in Air and Doordarshan.
He is the first trained teacher of Dhrupad Sansthan Distance Learning Program, offering lessons through Skype across the globe .
His list of performances goes on to be:

1)Gharana Music Circle – Varanasi-2009
2) Vriddhashram- Bhopal-2009
3)Murshidabad Kalabhavan- 2010
4) Kalamandir-Kolkata-2010
5)Parampara Annual festival -kolkatta-2011
6) Dhrupad Mahatsav- Shiliguri-2011
7) Teesta-Torsha Festival-Malda-2011
8)Uttar Banga Sangeet Sammelan-Coachbehar-2011
9)Dhupad Jugalbandhi Mahotsav Doordarshan Kendra-Bhopal -2011
10)Malhar festival – ICCR – Delhi along with respeted gurus Gundecha brothers-2012
11) Tathya Kendra Youth Festival, Jalpaiguri, 2012
12)Uttam Mancha, Kolkata, 2012
13)Town Hall, Kolkata, 2012
14)Neelachal Ashram, Puri, Odissa 2013
15).Banaras Hindu University Fine Arts Gallery-Varanasi- 2013
16).Badal Raag Festival,-Bhopal2013
17)Gram Gyanpeeth Sangeet Sandhya,-Pipariya 2013
18)Belur Math, Ramakrishna Mission-23rd January2014
19)Dumdum Sangeet Chakra-Kolkata,2014
20)Voice of Art,-Durgapur,2014
He has given vocal support to his Guru – Padmashree Gundecha Brothers in many reputed concerts and festivals.

Youtube link:

1) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5Rwmhf6JGBY
2) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YvlGKMsjhvs
3) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zALhqJmGQdI
4) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fMa2IZz1G

Contact:

1. Email: supriyodhrupad@gmail.com,
2. Face Book: https://www.facebook.com/supriyo.maitro
3. Mobile: 9039303892, 8989015604


Shri Dnyaneshwar Deshmukh

Shri Dnyaneshwar Deshmukh has been a student of Pakhawaj for 12 years, The journey took an interesting turn in 2009 when he was inducted into Dhrupad style of Pakhawaj playing by the great maestro Pt.Akhilesh Gundecha.

He is being trained under Gurushisya tradition at Dhrupad Sansthan under the tutelage of both Pt. Akhilesh Gundecha and Padmashri Gundecha Brothers. Prior to this he also received the valuable training by Shri Panduranga Appa Datar.Pakhawaj has been a tradition in his family and his father Shri Rangnath Deshmukh is a well known name in Maharashtra

Shri Dnyaneshwar Deshmukh has been performing all over India and Abroad on various respected platforms as a  Solo artist as well as an accompanist, such as

Concerts:-

1)Dhrupad Sandya-2010, Bangalore & Pune

2) Sawan Mahostav-2010,Ujjain

3)Haridas Mahostav-2011,Mumbai

4)International Youth Festival-2011, Pushkar Rajasthan

5)Gurupujan Festival-2011,Pune(Solo)

6) Dhrupad Jugalbandhi Festival-2011 Doordarshan,Bhopal

7)Aas-Paas-2012, Bharath Bhavan Bhopal

8)Ut.Rehmat Ali Khan Smriti Samroah-2012, Bhopal

9)Dhrupad Parv-2012 Doordarshan, Bhopal

10)Parvatiya utthan Manch Dhrupad samaroah-2012,Haldwani(Solo)

11) Badal Raag-2012 Bharath Bhavan, Bhopal

12)Arambh-2012 Bharath Bhavan, Bhopal(Solo)

13)Doverlane Festival 2013, Kolkata.

14)Pakhawaj Parv 2013 Doordarshan, Bhopal & Udaipur.

15) Saptak Festival 2014, Ahmedabad.

16)Pakhawaj Festival 2014 Doordarshan, Pune.


Contact:
Mobile: +91-9039664566
Email: maulidhrupad@gmail.com


Aliya Rasheed

Aliya Rasheed is a young visually impaired Dhrupad singer from Lahore, Pakistan. Her captivating voice and innocent charm have been a source of delight to South Asian audiences since her professional debut in 2005. Her music and the story of her musical journey will surely find an appreciative ear abroad as she embarks on her first American tour in June 2011.

Aliya grew up listening to music on the radio and singing sufi devotional songs at home. Impressed by her extraordinary voice and native musical sense, her family encouraged her musical pursuits as a young adult. She started learning music at the Sanjan Nagar Institute of Philosophy and Arts (www.sanjannagar.org) in Lahore, established by the renowned attorney and musicologist, Mr. Raza Kazim. Then, in DATE, Aliya was offered the chance to take her music to a higher level, when Ms. Shubha Sankaran (www.dhrupad.com), the noted Surbahar player from Washington, D.C., recommended that Aliya study Dhrupad music under the guidance of Dhrupad Maestros Umakant and Ramakant Gundecha at the Dhrupad Institute in Bhopal, India (www.dhrupad.org). Mr. Raza Kazim (www.sanjannagar.org) sponsored her studies in India. In 2001, She seized the opportunity and crossed the border to India in order to learn Dhrupad – the oldest and most demanding of Indian classical vocal forms. Following the traditional format of learning (guru-shishya parampara), Aliya left her family and all that was familiar, and took up residence in the home of her teachers in Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh, for a period of several years. Aliya feels honored to be the first female Pakistani Dhrupad artist to undergo formal training in India, and this at a time when Indo-Pakistan relations were hardly easy.

Since September 2005, Aliya has been working as a vocal teacher in the musicology department of the National College of the Arts (NCA) in Lahore. She is also teaches music at the Sanjan Nagar School. Some of her major performances are as follow:

  • Parampara (The Tradition): in Bhopal, organized by the Dhrupad Institute in Bhopal, 30th April 2005, and in New Delhi, organized by the Indian Council for Cultural Relations, 6th May 2005.
  • Swayam Siddha, Bhopal (An international Program of Women Artistes, on the Occasion of International Women’s Day), organized by Bharat Bhavan, Bhopal, 10th March 2008.
  • Morning Concert, Mumbai, organized by Pancham Nishad, 30th April 2008.
  • Dhrupad Festival, Kolkata, organized by Krishnayam, 16th March 2008.
  • Dhrupad Evening, Bhopal, organized by Bharat Bhavan, Bhopal, 28th Aug. 2008.
  • Sambhav 2010, Delhi, (An International Event on Physically and Mentally Challenged Artists), 13th November 2010.
  • Gujarat University, Punjab, Pakistan, 17th December 2008.
  • Faisalabad, Punjab, Pakistan, 16th February 2009.
  • Gujarat University, Gujarat, Punjab, Pakistan, 5th March 2009.
  • All Pakistan Music Conference (APMC), Lahore, 4th Jan 2009, and Karachi, 26th March 2009.
  • National Conference on Rural Women of Pakistan, Islamabad, 15th October 2010.

Contact : aliyadhrupadworld@gmail.com Mobile: 0092-3444212100 (Lahore, Pakistan)


Amita Sinha Mahapatra

Amita , comes from a music loving family of Bishnupur, west Bengal. She was initiated in to music by her parents and encouraged by them to become a dhrupad singer. She did her masters in music (Hindustani Classical Vocal) from Visva Bharati university, Shanti Niketan, West Bengal and stood first class first . She got her initial training in dhrupad from Shrimati Kaberi kar. Later on she joined the Dhrupad Sansthan Bhopal where she learned the art of
Dhrupad in the Gurushishya Parampara from Umakant Ramakant Gundecha .
She received Merit scholarship from Visvabharati university , Shanti Niketan from 1997 to 2000 . She also received the Sachi Shankaran Fellowship and Sir Dorabji Tata Scholorship   for higher studies in Dhrupad Sansthan Bhopal.

She has performed in many music festivals in India including ‘Arambh’ – Bharat Bhavan Bhopal, Dhrupad Mela- Varanasi, Dhrupad Festival – Gwalior,
Yuva Mahotsav  of Sangeet Natak Academy, Kal ke kalakar Festival, Mumbai , Dhrupad Sandhya – Pune, Bangalore. She has given vocal support to her Guru – Gundecha Brothers.in many concerts .

Contact: “Amita Sinha” <amitadhrupad@yahoo.com>,
Mobile: 08989016448
Address: Amita Sinha Mahapatra
C/O Dhrupad Sansthan
(An Institute of Dhrupad)
Behind Van Nidhi Nursery,
Suraj Nagar, P.O. National Judicial Academy,BHOPAL-462044 INDIA


Lakshay Mohan Gupta (Sitar) & Aayush Mohan Gupta(Sarod)

In an era when most youngsters are turning towards materialism and western music, Lakshay Mohan and Aayush Mohan, who hail from Delhi, are dedicated to learn Indian Classical Music and preserve this rich tradition for the future generations. It is the outcome of this dedication that they have attained a high level of virtuosity and purity in their music and show an extraordinary command over their instruments. Their performances show a deep understanding of the intricacies of Swar , Laya in  Ragas.

Lakshay Mohan and Aayush Mohan have been learning Indian Classical Music for many years under eminent gurus such as Pt. Uma Shankar Mishra, Padmabhushan Smt. Sharan Rani, Pt. Balwant Rai Verma and Pt. TejendraNarayan  Majumdar. Also They are taking training in Dhrupad  Ang (Style) from  Padmashri Gundecha Brothers.

After years of rigorous training and practice, Lakshay and Aayush have emerged as amongst  the finest young musicians of the Maihar Gharana. Having developed an ingenious and deeply personal interpretation of their Gharana’s rich musical heritage, they produceaesthetically appealing music which reaches the depths of the hearts of listeners. Reviews of  their concerts have been published in leading national dailies like The Hindu, Dainik Bhaskar, Deccan Herald, Hindustan, Jansatta and The Asian Age.They were selected by the All India Radio to perform for a special broadcast on the occasion of the United Nations International Broadcasting Day. Lakshay has been awarded the Delhi Pratibha Puraskar by the Arts and Cultural Trust of India.

After listening to their performance, music legend Pt. Jasraj hailed them as one of the most talented musicians of the younger generation. They have enthralled the audiences with their performances at prestigious classical music festivals and venues such as theKamani Auditorium, India Habitat Center, New Delhi; Ramakrishna Mission Institute of Culture, Kolkata; All Bengal Music Conference , Kolkata ; Bharat Bhavan, Bhopal ;  Durgiana Rag Sabha, Amritsar; RIMPA Festival 2012 held at The Ravi Shankar Centre, New Delhi. Their recent performance at The Ravi Shankar Centre was highly appreciated by Bharat Ratna Pt. Ravi Shankar ji who was all praise for them after the concert and gave them his blessings.

Contact:
Mobile: +919810059112, +919717721665
Email: lakshaymgupta@live.in, aayush.sarod@gmail.com


Shivala

Being a graduate from the Paris Conservatory, Shivala is a musician who has studied classical Indian music and thereafter Dhrupad since 1998. While still continuing studying and researching, she holds performances and courses in countries all over the world.

Born in 1963, in Bretagne, west of France, Shivala started her musical life as a child composing songs with a guitar accompaniment. After three years of Jazz training, she studied double base at the conservatory of Rennes for three years. Then she did an intensive research course on consciousness under the guidance of the spiritual master Maharishi Mahesh Yogi for three years, and also worked with him in India for many months on a Vedic music project. Later she moved to Paris where she studied for three years at the conservatory of Rueil Malmaison and thereafter for six years at the conservatory of Paris 11ar.

During her years as a student in Paris, she had a very clear and deep experience of how music and sound can affect mind, body and emotions. She got interested in natural scales and microtones, which are used in the original Indian classical music, and which is different to the tempered scales of western music. By this, she started to be interested in Indian music, and after seeing a concert with the renowned sitar player Ravi Shankar, she got a desire to study it deeply.

During her stay as a student in Paris, she started learning to play Sitar. Some time after her graduation at the conservatory, she undertook a 3 years intensive study in Khayal singing – which is a part of the Indian classical music called Gandharvaveda – at MUM (Maharishi University of Management) in the United States. She then discovered the genre of Dhrupad, which is the oldest surviving genre of music in India, and the origin of Indian classical music. Since 2001, she has been a student of the world famous Dhrupad singers, the Gundecha brothers. Since most of the knowledge of Dhrupad is based on oral traditions, and has been at risk of becoming extinct, Shivala has an ongoing project of writing a book about this system of music.

Contact:
Email: shivala@mail.com
Website: http://dhrupadmusic.com


Inoue Sou

Inoue Sou began to study music when he was six years old. He is trained in traditional Japanese shrine music (Kagura Ongaku) on flute and drums from Mr Makino Saburo. Sou has been performing since 1984. He has played in many shrine ceremonies in Japan. As a soloist, he has performed in Japan and other countries around the world since 1999.

Sou began, in 2003, to study Hindustani classical music on bansuri (Indian flute) from Mr Nakagawa Hiros (disciple of Pandit Hariprasad Chaurasia) in Kobe, Japan. Sou’s interest to understand deeper the construction of Indian classical music (especially Alap) made him travel to India in 2008 to study classical vocal music in the Dhrupad style from the Gundecha Brothers. He has begun now to perform Dhrupad and continues to study at Dhrupad Sansthan in Bhopal, India.

Performances

Shrine music

Solo

  • 2001   December    Poland, Warsaw University, Warsaw
  • 2002   January         Italy, Japanese School, Rome
  • February Greece, Japanese Embassy, Athens (Workshop programme for Greek children to introduce Japanese culture)
  • March Turkey, Onsekiz Mart University, Çanakkale

With shrine music performing arts group

  • 2003   June  Portugal in Lisbon, Coimbra, Viseu and Porto

(sponsored by Japan Foundation and Sony, Portugal)

Dhrupad vocal

  • 2010 May, Japan, Keio University, Tokyo
  • 2010 May, Japan, Artist place, Q2, Kobe
  • 2010 August, India, Karnataka, Smriti Nandan, Bangalore
  • 2010 August,  India, Maharashtra, Gandharv Hall, Pune
  • 2010 November, India, Rajasthan, Prem Prakash Ashram, Pushkar
  • 2011 January India, Rajasthan, City Palace , Jaipur (accompanying the Gundecha Brothers)
  • 2011 February India, Madhya Pradesh, Pitambara Peet Temple, Datia

Branan Dubh

Born in Australia, Branan first began playing keyboard and guitar as a teenager. His love affair with Indian classical music began over two decades ago, after attending a concert of the late Ustad Ali Akbar Khan. He studied sarod for a while, in Sydney, and also tried his hand at various wind and percussion instruments before turning seriously to the study of the voice. His dhrupad training began in earnest with the Gundecha Brothers in 2002 at Dhrupad Institute,  Bhopal, India  and continues as a life-long dedication to the art form.

He currently lives in Perth, Western Australia where he teaches and performs in both the classical context and some fusion projects with local musicians. In Australia he endeavours to propagate a better appreciation of Indian raga music while maintaining his commitment to music as a path to the soul.

Contact: brandubh@earthling.net


Astha-Pradeep

Astha-Pradeep are young Dhrupad Vocalists of the Dagar tradition. As male-female constitute balanced harmony in Nature, the mission of this husband-wife duo is to transform this harmony into Art. They have performed at various reputed concerts in India. On various occasions their performances have been broadcast on Doordarshan and the Radio.

Astha-Pradeep started their initial training in the Indian Classical Music with Pt. Chandrashekhar Tiwari and Pt. Chandrashekhar Khanwalkar.

Their keen interest in Indian classical music led them towards Dhrupad music, which is considered to be the purest form of the Indian Classical Music. They pursued their advanced Dhrupad vocal training with Padmashree Gundecha Brothers in the Guru-Shisya Parampara.

In Dhrupad, the minute micro note enables the extremely pure structure of Raag. This style is usually performed in Jugalbandi (a form of duet), typically sung by brothers.

The concept of Astha-Pradeep Jugalbandi is based on various unique factors:-

  • This Jugalbandi allows wide range (more than 4 octaves), as the male-female combination allows more versatility in sound.
  • As this Jugalbandi is based upon the male–female voice structure, it has a soothing tonal qualities.
  • The Astha-Pradeep Jugalbandi has a wide range of octaves as it has various combinations of harmony in the Raags.
  • This Jugalbandi has a unique creativity giving one of its kind asthetic beauty to Dhrupad.

Phone: +91-9410581515, +91-9927727077
Email: dhrupaddhara@gmail.com, pradeep0189@gmail.com


Rupali Jain

Dr. Rupali Jain, born in Dhar M.P., received her initial training in music from Shri Madhav Raje in Khandwa. In 2000 she completed a post graduate degree in music from Devi Ahilya Vishwavidhyalaya, Indore with first position on the merit list. Then in 2010, she received her doctorate degree (PhD). For the last four years she has been studying Dhrupad singing with the Gundecha Brothers in Dhrupad Sansthan Gurukul, Bhopal.

Rupali is a recipient of the Sir Dorabji Tata Scholarship and the National Scholarship from the cultural department, government of India. She earned the title of “Surmani” for her performance for Sursingar Sansad, Mumbai. Currently she holds the position of Principal at Kiran Vividha Kala College, Bhopal.

Concerts:

  • 2011 Kal Ke Kalakar (Mumbai)
  • 2010 Dhrupad Sandhya (Chennai)
  • 2010 Dhrupad Sandhya (Bangalore and Dharwad)
  • 2010 Dhrupad Sandhya (Pune)
  • 2009 Sanskrit Kaumudi (Vidisha)
  • 2008 Dhrupad Samaroh (Teekamgarh)
  • 2007 Sadhna Mahotsava by South Central Zone Cultural Center (Nagpur)
  • 2006 Pratibha Utsav by North Central Zone Cultural Center (Bhopal)

Manoj Kumar

Manoj Kumar has received training in Dhrupad from Padmashree Gundecha Brothers for over 6 years. He studied under their tutelage in the guru shishya parampara of the Dhrupad Sansthan in Bhopal. During this time, he was the recipient of a scholarship from the Sir Dorabjee Trust, Mumbai. Manoj Kumar also holds a masters degree in music from Raja Mansingh Tomar University, Gwalior.

Concerts:

  • Indira Gandhi Manav Sangrahalaya (Bhopal)
  • MANIT (Bhopal)
  • IIFM (Bhopal)
  • Bharat Bhavan (Bhopal)
  • Devi Ahilya Fort (Indore)
  • Panchmadi (Madhya Pradesh)
  • Darbar Hall (Darbhanga)
  • Lucknow Mahotsav
  • Bharatiya Nritya Kala Mandir (Patna)

Contact:
Mobile: +91-9179416908, +91-9424784228
Email: dhrupad.manoj@gmail.com


Virginia Nicoli and Igino Giovanni Brunori

The two artists met in the year 2006 sharing the same quest of music as a spiritual path. They both has been trained  since childhood in in western classical music, Virginia Nicoli with the silverflute and Igino Giovanni Brunori with the saxophone. Soon after they met, they began to study indian classical music with the bansuri. They graduated in bansuri in the Indian Classical Music Conservatorium of Vicenza, and after they deepen the study of bansuri with Pandit Rajendra Prasanna.

In 2009 they started to study with the Gundecha Brothers in the Dhrupad Sansthan of Bhopal. In Dhrupad they found the sound path they were looking for in music. Thanks to the suggestion of their Gurus to use their western instruments in Dhrupad music. They started applying this music style on their instruments, creating a unique sound. They are now performing in Italy and abroad.

Website: http://www.samvadmusic.com/


Ateeq Ur Rehman

Ateeq Ur Rehman has the honor of studying Pakhawaj at Dhrupad Sansthan, Bhopal, where he has received intensive training from world renowned Pakhawaj player Pandit Akhilesh Gundecha . He is also very happy to have learned other delicacies and valuable knowledge of music from Padmashree Pandit Ramakant Gundecha and Pandit Umakant Gundecha whilst at the Gurukul.

Ateeq was born in Lahore, Pakistan. He started music as a guitarist and played some stringed instruments but his lasting passion with percussions came when he started to study Dhol with Pride of Performance award recipient Ustad Pappu Sain in Lahore. He Studied Musicology from National College of Arts, Lahore. He initially studied tabla with Raza Shoukat (disciple and son of Main Shoukat Hussain) and later studied dhol with Sufi Dhol player Pappu Sain. Presently he is a faculty member in Musicology department in National College of Arts, Lahore and has been performing in Pakistan. Ateeq looks forward to continuing his studies at the Gurukul in Bhopal.


Vishal Bhattarai

Vishal Bhattarai from Lumbini,Nepal. He was interested in music from childhood. He has got basic music education at Bageshwari Sangeetalaya,Butwal in 2004. Then he began to learn Indian Classical Vocal Music at Shree Ram Bharatiya Kala Kendra,New Delhi in 2008.

Vishal began to study Dhrupad vocal music under the renowned vocalist The Gundecha Brothers (Disciple of Ustad Zia Fariduddin Dagar & Ustad Zia Mohiuddin Dagar) in Gurukul Dhrupad Sansthan-Bhopal since 2010.He performs widely and continues to practice at Kathmandu,Nepal.

Concerts:

  • 2011 – Dhrupad Shivir-Gurukul-Dhrupad Sansthan -60th anniversary of Japan-India diplomatic relations (Presented by embassy of Japan)
  • 2012 -Guru Darshan-Pune, India international center-New Delhi
  • 2013 -Mahashivaratri festival-Pashupatinath temple, Bhopal
  • 2014 -World Peace Pagoda-Lumbini,Nepal, Kirateshwor Sangeet Ashram,Pashupatinath,Nepal, Yalamaya Classic concert Patan,Nepal

Contact:
Mobile: +977 9803601424
Email: dhrupadcaravan@gmail.com


Ana Amit

Dhrupad Vocal  Duet  by  Ana Miriam & Amit Sharma

Amit Sharma

Amit grew up in a music family, the Sadhu Baba Ghrana. His grandfather KhaniaLal Bandhavi was a Dhrupad singer of the Shadhu Baba Gharana, who performed at the court in Rewa M.P. for twenty years. From the emperor he got the honour title of “Bhandhavi”. Since the age of ten his grandfather taught Amit and he performed Dhrupad various times with him.

After his grandfather’s death at 1994, he learnt with the Dhrupad legend Ustad Zia Fariddudin Dagar in Bhopal under Sir Ratan Tata trust scholarship. From 2006 to 2009 he studied ardently under the able guidance of Padamshri Gundecha Bandhu, in the Guru Shishya Parampara System at Dhrupad Sansthan in Bhopal. He got a scholarship from Dorabaji Trust Mumbai and got awarded Surmani 2009.

He has given vocal support in various concerts to his Guru Padmashri Gundecha brothers. Amit started his performing carrier in 1992 and since 2010 he is performing internationally. He performed on various big stages of Europe such as International Festival of Music and Dance Uhuru 2014, Festival of Modern Music Basel 2014, Iskcon Temple Zurich 2014, German India Society 2012 & 2013, Museum Rietberg 2013, Indian Classical Center Assisi Italy 2010 and many others.

Ana Miriam Sharma-Bohni

Ana has twelve years of training in western classical singing, two years in flute, and four years in violin. She has given solo, choir and orchestra performances for more then twelve years.

In 2001, Ana had an unexpected call to sing. From then on, Ana tried out various kinds of singing like overtone singing. Only after a Dhrupad workshop in the Swiss Alps with Monica Lacombe, she knew that she had found what she was looking for. Having studied several months with Pandit Uday Bhawalkar in Pune 2004, she decided to dedicate her life to this music.

Since 2004 Ana has been seriously studying Dhrupad Style Indian Classical Music with different leading exponents in Indian Classical. In 2008-2009 she studied ardently under the able guidance of Padamshri Gundecha Bandhu, in the Guru Shishya Parampara in Bhopal.

Since 2010 Ana also sings with her husband Amit, the duet performance is called “JugalbandiAnamit”. She teaches Dhrupad at several colleges. Ana applies Dhrupad also in Buddhist Mantras. She created further a set of Sound Yoga exercises, where she combines Dhrupad, Vipassana Meditation and Pranayam Yoga.

Contact:
www.dhrupadsoundyoga.ch
Phone: 0041 78 733 38 27
Email: dhrupadsoundyoga@gmail.com


Payton MacDonald

Dr. Payton MacDonald is a composer/improviser/percussionist/Dhrupad singer/educator. MacDonald studied Western music at the University of Michigan (BFA) and the Eastman School of Music (MM, DMA), USA.

His Western composition teachers include Sydney Hodkinson, Robert Morris, Dave Rivello, Bright Sheng, and Augusta Read Thomas. His Western percussion teachers include John Beck and Michael Udow. Further studies include tabla with Bob Becker and Pandit Sharda Sahai, and Dhrupad vocal with the Gundecha Brothers.

In 2013-2014 MacDonald was a Senior Fulbright-Nehru Scholar, studying Dhrupad vocal with Gundecha Brothers at Dhrupad Sansthan in Bhopal, M.P. As a Dhrupad singer MacDonald has performed in India, USA, Netherlands, and Ireland. After his debut concert at Bharat Bhavan in Bhopal, M.P., the Hitaveda newspaper wrote: “Dr. Payton MacDonald with his melodious voice spread the beauty of Dhrupad, its subtle finer points and the way he sang seemed to be spiritualistic. His solo Dhrupad performance was encouraging and not less than any young Indian Dhrupad singer.”

The Patrikaa newpaper wrote: “In an entertaining performance the artist presented in an amazing manner what is accepted as the most difficult form of Indian music.” Regarding his Western percussion playing,The New York Times described him as an “energetic soloist” and The Los Angeles Times described him as an “. . . inventive, stylistically omnivorous composer and gifted performer . . .” MacDonald is an Associate Professor of Music at William Paterson University in Wayne, New Jersey, USA.

Contact:
www.paytonmacdonald.com


Roman Das

Roman Das has been going through rigourous training of Pakhwaj under Pt. Akhilesh Gundecha for the last 5 years. He has also been learning Dhrupad vocals from Padmashre Gundecha Brothers.
Roman has learnt khayal vocal of Kirana Gharana and tabla of Farukhabaad & Banaras Gharana.

He is a much sought-after accompanist for eminent dhrupad, vocal and instrumental indian classical musicians.The specificity of his playing lies in his handling of the techniques of accompaniment. It is marked by his imaginative variations anticipating the singer’s variations while keeping the required coordination and respecting the mood of the raga. He has a personality of his own and yet blends in with the performance.

Roman has played in an album named “Dhrupad Amor” (Indo-French Dhrupad Duet), realised in South America. He was awarded the National Scholarship for young Artist by the Ministry of Culture, Government of India.

Pakhawaj Accompaniment with Gundecha Brothers

  • Bharatiya Vidya Bhawan Platinum Jubilee Festival, New Delhi
  • Baiju Bawra Dhrupad Festival, Chanderi
  • Dhrupad Parv, Sangeet Natak Academy Uttarakhand
  • Dhrupad Smaran 2016, Dhrupad Sansthan, Bhopal

Pakhawaj Accompaniment with other artists

  • Banaras Hindu University, Fine Arts Faculty.
  • Annual Ustad Allarakkha Music Festival,Jalandhar
  • Saptak Festival, Bharat Bhawan, Bhopal
  • Badal Raag, Bharat Bhawan, Bhopal
  • Dhrupad Festival (In the Memory of Ustad Zia Fariduddin Dagar), Bharat Bhawan, Bhopal
  • Darbhanga Dhrupad Festival, Darbhanga University
  • Alliance Francaise, Sunaad, Bangalore.
  • Kerela Sangeet Natak Academy, Trivandrum
  • Dhrupad Samaroh (Chandra Mandapam), Spaces, Chennai
  • Ashta Prahar, India Islamic Centre, New Delhi
  • Dhrupad Festival, India Habitat Centre, New Delhi
  • Workshop & Performance, Maulana Azad National Institute of Technology, Bhopal

Solo Performances

  • Pakhwaj Parv, Doordarshan-DD Bharati
  • Pakhwaj Parv, Doordarshan-DD Bharati
  • Virasat, Dehradhun, SPIC MACAY
  • Annual Cultural Assembly, Israel Embassy, New Delhi

Performance Youtube Links

  • https://youtu.be/nEtfmMP2P5o
  • https://youtu.be/jgiAgizDimE
  • https://youtu.be/xrkLys7YFKw

Contact:
Phone: +91-9981815901
Email: dasroman@gmail.com, romanpakhwaj@gmail.com


Ahsan Zulkernaeen Niloy

Ahsan Zulkernaeen Niloy was born and brought up in Jahangirnagar University, Dhaka, Bangladesh. He was initiated into music by his father Ashraf UddinAhmed at the age of 4.

Later on he received taalim from Ustad MustaqurRahman (Agra Gharana), Abdullah Al Mamun(RabindraSangeet), ShriAshitdey (Indore-KiranaGharana), ShriSujit Mustafa (Indore-KiranaGharana).

Since January 2014, he has been learning Dhrupad (Dagar Vanee) from respected Gurujis Pandit Umakant Gundecha & Pandit Ramakant Gundecha.

Awards and Recognitions

  • 1st prize in Khayal singing (2009) in Inter College National Cultural Festival, Dhaka;
  • 1st prize in the national television competition, ‘NotunKurhi’ in the year 2004, awarded by the Prime-minister of Bangladesh
  • 1st prize in 2005 on the yearly occasion ‘JatiyoRabindrasangeetSommilon’, awarded by the departed cultural icon WheedulHuq

Albums

  • ’Around Silence’’; Genre:Ethno-Jazz, modern improvisation; released in UK in 2013/03; published by English jazz label- Leo Records; spread all over Europe (France, Spain, Italy, England, Czech Republic, Poland, Russia) and America (US, Canada, Brazil)
  • ’Dodecameron’’; Genre:Ethno-Jazz, modern improvisation;
    Released in Saint Petersburg, Russian Federation in November 2012; Published by ‘SvobodnayaKultura’

Important Performances

  • Smaran 2016, Bhopal, India
  • Annual Classical Music Festival, Shilpakala Academy, Bangladesh
  • The Daily Star Classical Music Program, Bangladesh
  • Performance in ‘The Saint-Petersburg Court Chapel’, Saint-Petersburg, Russia
  • ‘Cultural Centre Dom’, Moscow, Russia.
  • International Sitar Festival 2012, Saint-Petersburg, Russia
  • Gallery ‘12th July’, Saint-Petersburg, Russia

Performance Youtube Links

  • https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FcVImWQhAQA&feature=share

Contact:
Phone: +91-9826748424
Email: ahsan@smosm.com


C.S. Balasubramanian (Bala)

C.S. Balasubramanian (Bala) started his journey in music at the age of 10 when he learnt to play the mandolin from Mysore Ananthaswamy in Bangalore. Bala was initiated into Hindustani music, on the mandolin, from Shri Hari Krishna Pahwa. Bala continued playing the mandolin during his school and college years primarily as an accompanist to light music.

Bala started learning the sarod from Ustad Aashish Khan and then continued his learning from Ustad Ali Akbar Khan , at the Ali Akbar college of music in San Rafael. Currently he is continuing learning sarod from sitar maestro T. Radhakrishna in Bangalore.

Bala has been learning Dhrupad vocal from the the Gundecha brothers since March 2014.

Bala is also part of Sunaad, a musical performing group from Bangalore, where he sings and provides accompaniment on the sarod and rabab and mandolin.

Contact:
Email: csbala@gmail.com


Hannah Louise Winzentsen

Hannah Louise Winzentsen,born in Hamburg, Germany. Played western guitar since the age of seven, studied Visual Arts at HfBK Hamburg, Hannah has been (mostly) living in India since 2005.

She studied Indian classical slide guitar (Mohanveena) with Dr. Sanjay Verma in Varanasi, makes music for short films of her father Franz Winzentsen since 2012.

She studies the Vichitraveena in the Dhrupad Sansthan Gurukul since 2013 with the Gundecha Brothers, Pt Umakant and Pt Ramakant Gundecha.


Satyendra Singh Solanki

Satyendra Singh Solanki was born on 19th July 1990 and well-groomed in a musically inclined environment. His father Shri Ajay Singh Solanki is very good tabla artist. A Young rising star of Santoor Satyendra Singh Solanki was blessed to receive training from Pt. Omprakash Chourasiya. He is also taking comprehensive training in the intricacies of dhrupad style by Padmshri Pt. Umakant Gundecha & Pt. Ramakant Gundecha. He has received awards and blessings from great musicians and gurujans.

Satyendra graduated in Electronics and Communication Engineering. He has also won many competitions, state and National level. His programs are frequently broadcast from All India Radio and Doordarshan. He has performed in many prestigious music festival in National and International Level. Satyendra Singh Solanki is a “A” grade Artist from All India Radio & Doordarshan.

Awards and Recognitions

  • Parimarjan Puruskar by Kala Mandir Sangeet Sanstha, Bhopal(M.P.)
  • YOUVA KHOJ “KAL KE KALAKAR” Samman by Abhinav Kala Parishad Bhopal (M.P.)
  • National Scholarship 2011-12 by Ministry of Culture, Govt. of India
  • Sangeet Prabhakar from Prayag Sangeet Samiti Allahabad (U.P.)
  • Saar Chitra Sethiya Scholarship 2013-14 by SAAR India.
  • Ganayogi Panchaxari Gavayi Youth Award-2015 by Kala Vikas Parisat, Gadag, Karnataka
  • “A GRADE” Artist from All India Radio and Doordarshan

Important Performances

  • Madhukali Mahitsava, Bhopal(M.P.)
  • Ninad Sangeet Samahroh, Bhopal(M.P.)
  • Yuva Khoj Samahroh organized by Abhinav Kala Parishad, Bhopal(M.P.)
  • Yuva Sangit Nrtiya Mahotsav, Dharwad (Karnatka)
  • Ud. Rehmat Ali Khan Sangeet Samaroh,Bhopal(M.P.)
  • Arambh Sangit Samaroh organized by Bharat Bhavan Bhopal
  • IDEA Jalsa Music for The Soul Concert, Bhopal
  • Yuva Naad organized by ICCR Bhopal.
  • Ud. Rehmat Ali Khan Sangeet Samaroh,Bhopal(M.P.)
  • Tapi Utsav 2014, Surat(Gujrat).
  • Varsha Mahotsav, Mumbai organized by Patel Music Foundation
  • Swar Ganga organized by Navonmesh, Ujjain.
  • Pt. Lalmani Smriti Kal Hamara Hai, organized by Madhukali Bhopal
  • Shastriya Sangeet Kala Manch, Muzaffarpur, Bihar
  • Bharat Ratna Pt. Bheemsen Joshi Sangeet Samaroh, Gadag, Karnataka
  • Shani Jayanti Sangeet Samaroh, Indore
  • EUROPE Concert Tour May-June 2015
  • Shree Sandipani Sangeet Mahotsav, Porbandar(Gujarat)
  • 20th Sangeet Sakalp Saptah organized by SAPTAK, Ahmedabad
  • Tansen Sangeet Samaroh 2015, Gwalior
  • Sharda Utsav 2015, Mumbai
  • The Colors of Peace 2016, Kathmandu, Nepal
  • Simhastha Sangeet Samaroh 2016, Ujjain
  • Pt. Jitendra Abhisheki Sangeet Samaroh 2016, Ujjain
  • Santoor Samaroh 2016, organized by Bharat Bhavan, Bhopal
  • Yuva Varsha- 2016, Organized by Shurti Mandal, Jaipur
  • Pt. Lalmani Mishra Sangeet Samaroh 2016, Kanpur
  • Swar Prabhat organized by Sangeet Natak Academy, New Delhi
  • Sargam Mahotsav, Rajkot
  • Uttradhikar organized by Cultural Department, Bhopal, M.P

Phone: +91- 9981447754, 9826374975
Email: satyendrasantoor19@gmail.com
Website: www.satyendrasantoor19.wix.com/satyendrasantoor