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Ouverture spirituelle • Hinduism II: Dhrupad


  • 21 July 2015, 20:30



Dhrupad is the oldest form of classical music still practiced today in India; it forms part of Hindustani and Northern Indian music. Originally, Dhrupad was sung at temples as a form of prayer, in order to pay homage to the divine through sound. Dhrupad, a form of singing that sets mainly Sanskrit texts, has been handed down orally through centuries from one generation to the next, mainly within families of musicians, and today also from master to students. A Dhrupad performance begins with the Alap, a slow, gradual introduction of the raga through flowing melodic patterns. Then the tempo increases slowly, until the faster passages are dominated by playful and dynamic ornamentations. Uday Bhawalkar is one of the most important Dhrupad protagonists of the younger generation.

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Uday Bhawalkar, Vocals
Pratap Awad, Pakhawaj
Prassanna Vishwanathan, Tanpura and Vocals