Gundecha Brothers

Gundecha Brothers

Umakant and Ramakant Gundecha are the leading exponents of the Dhrupad style of music. They are among the most active performers in Indian and international circuits.

For their contribution to the field of Dhrupad and Indian Classical Music, they were conferred the “Padmashri” in 2012 and the “Sangeet Natak Akademi Award, 2017” by the Govt. of India.  

Born in Ujjain in Central India, the brothers were initiated into music by their parents. The Gundecha Brothers received conventional university education and learned the Dhrupad vocal art under the renowned Dhrupad vocalist Ustad Zia Fariduddin Dagar and also with Ustad Zia Mohiuddin Dagar (the distinguished performer of Rudra Veena) under guru shishya paramapara  in Dhrupad Kendra Bhopal.

The Gundecha Brothers have sung great Hindi poetry by Tulsidas, Kabir, Padmakar, Nirala in Dhrupad style . They have recorded about 50 cassettes and CDs by H.M.V, Music Today, Rhythm House, Times Music, Sony, Senseworld Music,  Sundaram Records, IPPNW Concerts Berlin, Navras and Audio Rec London. They have also sung for many television channels in India and have been broadcasted on British, U.S., German and French, Japan and Australian Radio as well. As well as being an integral part of all of India’s prestigious music festivals, the Brothers have also performed and conducted workshops at many important international music festivals and institutions in about 25 countries in Europe, U.S.A, Australia, Japan, Egypt, Singapore, Bangladesh, U.A.E and Hongkong.

Other awards and honours:
M.P. Govt. Scholarship – 1981 to 1985
National Fellowship – 1987 to 89,
Ustad Allauddin Khan Fellowship,  1993
Sanskriti Award, 1994
Kumar Gandharva Award  by Govt. of Madhaya Pradesh, 1998
Dagar Gharana Award by Mewar Foundation,2001
Rajat Kamal – National Film Award for the Best Music Direction , 2006
Puttaraj Gawai Award   from Puttaraj Gawai Pratishthan, Dharwad,  2010
Tehzeeb Award from Tehzeeb Foundation ,Karachi, Pakistan, 2014
Lifetime Achievement Award  from Union Bank of India ,2017
Madhya Pradesh Gaurav Puraskar by Govt. of Madhya Pradesh ,2017
Spandan Lalit Kala Samman, 2017
Vatsala Bai Joshi Award by  Sawai Gandharva Festival, Pune 2017
Swati Tirunal Award – Dhrupad Mela 2018
Dhrupad Sadharani Geeti Alankaran by
Rajasthan Vidyapeeth, Udaipur 2018
Pandit Siyaram Tiwari Birth Centenary Award 2019

Akhilesh Gundecha has learned Pakhawaj playing from Pandit Shrikant Mishra and Raja Chhatrapati Singh JuDeo. He is post graduate in music and graduate in Law. Has also got scholarship from Ustad Allauddin Khan Sangeet Academy,Bhopal and Govt. of India. He has accompanied many of the Dhrupad Maestros like- Ustad Z.F. Dagar, Ustad Fahimuddin Dagar, Pt. Siyaram Tiwari, Shrimati Asgari Bai, Dr. Ritwik Sanyal and Bahauddin Dagar. He has also played solo recitals in Tansen Festival-Gwalior, Haridas Sangeet Samaroh Mumbai, Dhrupad Samaroh Bhopal and many other festivals. He has toured, USA ,Europe, Japan, Australia. He is regularly featured on Radio and Television.