The Dhrupad Music Institute of America, a 501 (c) (3) Non-Profit organization, was founded to promote, propagate, encourage, and support the performance and teaching of the oldest form of Indian classical music, known as Dhrupad, both vocal and instrumental (on such instruments as the pakhawaj, rudra vina, and surbahar in particular, as well as other instruments), in order to increase public awareness and knowledge of Dhrupad music in the United States.


Dhrupad is an ancient style of Indian classical music. The nature of Dhrupad is spiritual; seeking not to entertain, but to induce feelings of peace and contemplation in the listener. The word Dhrupad is derived from "Dhruva", the steadfast North Star (Polaris) and "pada" meaning poetry. It is a form of music that traces its origin to chanting of the ancient text of Sama Veda. From this early chanting, millenniums ago, Dhrupad evolved into the sophisticated classical form of music, that it is today.


Dhrupad has waxed and waned in popularity over the centuries, and is currently gaining a strong following. Its steadfast, precise, unhurried and improvisational nature is attracting audiences all over the world.

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    International Day of Dhrupad

    March 14, 20017: We wish you a very happy International Day of Dhrupad (IDD). International Day of Dhrupad is celebrated on the occasion of the birth anniversary of Rudra Veena legend, late Ustad Zia Mohiuddin Dagar. Please visit the IDD Facebook page to see and hear beautiful offerings to Ustad Zia Mohiuddin Dagar and statements [...]

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    Dhrupad Days 2017

    Sign up for a musical journey exploring sound in all its breadth, depth and nuance!! The Dhrupad Music Institute of America is pleased to bring you its signature annual music festival, Dhrupad Days. Dhrupad Days is across four locations in the April-June time frame *Boston*Seattle*Montreal*Wayne Visit http://dhrupad.com/dhrupad-days/dhrupad-days-2017/ for location dates. Each location offers a 3-5 [...]

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    Campaign 2016

    2016 is an exciting year for DMIA, because this year we turned five!! Please see the anniversary letter from our President describing DMIA’s  work in promoting Dhrupad to date (http://dhrupad.com/about-dmia/annual-letters/). Your support made all of that possible. Help Dhrupad continue to bloom and flourish. Make a generous donation today!! (http://dhrupad.com/donate/) Our Campaign 2016 goal is $7,500 and [...]

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    Parama Swara – Concert – Satruday May 20 – Dhrupad Days Seattle

    Saturday, May 20, 7:00 pm – 9:30 pm PONCHO, Kerry Hall, 710 E. Roy Street, Seattle, WA 98102  Ticket link will be available soon! Parama Swara A Dhrupad Vocal Concert By Padmashri Gundecha Brothers “Parama (Supreme/Transcendental) Swara (note that’s complete in all dimensions)” is expected to be rich in the perfectly tuneful and beautiful notes [...]

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    Concerts – Friday – May 19 – Dhrupad Days Seattle

    Friday, May 19, 6:00 pm – 8:30 pm PONCHO, Kerry Hall, 710 E. Roy Street, Seattle, WA 98102 Ticket link will be available soon! Schedule A General Talk About Dhrupad – Padmashri Gundecha Brothers 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm Want a bit of background on Dhrupad? In this engaging lecture, Padmashri Gundecha Brothers will provide [...]

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    Workshops – Dhrupad Days Seattle – May 19-21

    Dhrupad Days is a music festival held in Seattle May 19-21 A central offering of Dhrupad Days is in depth workshops. Seattle Dhrupad Days offers two workshops – Vocal ( three days) and Rhythm (two days) conveniently scheduled for over the weekend, to minimize time away from work. Learn about Dhrupad Learn from world renowned [...]

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    New Jersey Region – Learn ancient Indian singing from Dr. Payton MacDonald

    A note from Payton: Dear Dhrupad fans, I’ll be teaching a class on Dhrupad at the wonderful meditation center Neolyth in Montclair, New Jersey. It’s four weeks, every Wednesday night at 7:00 p.m., starting on November 30. Suggested donation of $10. A course pack will be included. Attached is the flyer. I hope you’ll join [...]

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    DC Region – Nirmalya Dey Concert

    The DC Region of Dhrupad Music Institute of America collaborates with The Gandhi Memorial Center to present an evening of Dhrupad music with Nirmalya Dey & Mohan Shyam Sharma.  Friday, June 3, 2016 at 7:30 pm, Golden Lotus Temple. Admission: $20 payable at the door.      

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