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GUNDECHA BROTHERS

Umakant and Ramakant Gundecha have emerged as the torchbearers of the great dhrupad tradition, which they have inherited from their gurus, the Dagar brothers. Born in Ujjain, the Gundecha brothers had their musical training at the Madhav Music College in Ujjain. After obtaining post-graduate degrees in music, both brothers received rigorous training in dhrupad from the renowned vocalist Ustad Zia Fariduddin Dagar and his elder brother, the veena virtuoso Ustad Zia Mohiuddin Dagar, at the Dhrupad Kendra in Bhopal.

The Gundecha brothers' rendition of dhrupad is marked by a sense of melody, sensitivity, and an emphasis that takes the listener back to dhrupad's ancient and timeless roots. The brothers have, in fact, led the way in the revival of dhrupad by incorporating the poetry of Tulsidas, Padmakar, Nirala and Keshav Das into their music. This has served to significantly enhance the poetic content of dhrupad. Over the last several years, the brothers' fame and popularity have spread steadily both in India and abroad. They have been featured internationally in various festivals including the Festival of India held in various countries and have won the hearts of audiences and critics alike.


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