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Dagars & Dhrupad

Dagars & Dhrupad

Divine Legacy

By (author) Humra Quraishi


  • Traces the history of the Dagar family through 20 generations of dhrupad singers
  • Highlights the distinctive approach of the Dagars to dhrupad, which is one of the earliest and most dominant streams of Hindustani classical music
  • Contains exclusive interviews and rare photographs
Full Description

Dhrupad is one of the earliest and most dominant streams that has contributed to Hindustani classical music. According to Faiyazuddin Dagar (1934-1989), ” In the two parts of the dhrupad, the alap [the improvised section of a raga, forming a prologue to the formal expression] is sung in free rhythm over drone, and the pada [word or phrase that signifies the concept of a raga] is more a rhythmic poem accompanied by drumming over the two-headed pakhawaj [the standard percussion instrument used in dhrupad]. It is a devotional and spiritual type of music – and though the basic style has not changed right from the earlier times 15 centuries ago individuality does come in and find its place.”

The book traces the history of the illustrious Dagar family through 20 generations of dhrupad singers and highlights their distinctive approach to this unique form of music. Rare photographs make the book all the more special.

Contents: What is Dhrupad?; Generations of Performers; Conversing with the Dagar Brothers; Death of a Legend; Passage of Time; Carrying on the Legacy; Wasifuddin Dagar Writes…; The Dagar Disciples.

About the Author
Humra Quraishi is a Delhi-based writer-columnist-journalist. Her books include Kashmir: The Untold Story and a volume of her collective writings, Views: Yours and Mine. She has co-authored two books with Khushwant Singh.
Niyogi Books
4th Mar 2016
USA & Canada
9.08 in x 10.16 in
156 Pages
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