Dhrupad Classical Vocal Recital|
by Wasifuddin Dagar
435 Lasuen Mall, Cummings Art Building, Stanford University
Saturday, May 3, 2008 at 7:30 pm
| Dhrupad is the most ancient form of Hindustani classical music that still survives in its original form in India.
The word Dhrupad is derived from 'Dhruva', the evening star, and 'Pada' meaning poetry. Said to have origins in devotional singing in Hindu
temples, its roots are traced back to the 2000-year-old tradition of chanting hymns from the ancient Indian scriptures, the Vedas. Dhrupad was the
dominant form of classical vocal music in North India until the eighteenth century. Dhrupad music is characterized by a purity of tone and raga.
The spiritual and contemplative nature of the music is maintained today as it was in the past.
Ustad F. Wasifuddin Dagar represents the 20th generation of dedicated dhrupad singers from the Dagar family. He is the nephew of Ustad N. Zahiruddin
Dagar and son of Ustad N. Faiyazuddin Dagar - the legendary younger "Dagar Brothers". With a voice that ranges across three octaves, Wasifuddin Dagar
uses subtle variations and improvisations to bring out the personality of each raga. Wasifuddin Dagar performs regularly and extensively on Indian
television and radio, at music festivals, and concerts. His performances have received critical acclaim in The Washington Post and The New York Times
amongst other publications.