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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    Dhrupad Days 2018

    New things are coming up in Dhrupad Days 2018 – we have a new location (LA), a seven day in depth shibir (in Seattle) and some of the Dhrupad Days locations will be showing a new film on Dhrupad. Check out all this and more – visit the Dhrupad Days 2018  ( page, and fill [...]

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    Campaign 2017

    Campaign 2017 – Help grow the garden of Dhrupad Dhrupad needs your support. It needs water, nutrients, care so that the new saplings, established flora, and seeds that have been sown grow into a beautiful garden, in the sunlight and thrive. Be a part of this beautiful garden. Donate now , and support this art form. [...]

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    Padmashri Gundecha Brothers Tour

    DMIA is pleased to support Padmashri Gundecha Brothers 2017 US and Canada tour. For the full concert schedule, please see – Performance Calendar For concerts and workshops that are a part of Dhrupad Days, please see – Dhrupad Days page

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  • SuraviTour

    A Sitar and Santoor concert by Pdt. Indrajit Banerjee (Sitar), Pdt. Tarun Bhattachaya(Santoor) and Sri Subrata Bhattacharya(Tabla) Date: October 1, 2017,  3:30PM Venue: SVETA Temple 18109 NE 76th St #105, Redmond, WA 98052 Tickets: $20 advance purchase Join on Facebook !!  

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    Wind Whisperers From India

    Uniting North and South India on one stage, Wind Whisperers from India will be a meeting of instruments from the woodwind section and the chordophone section and will feature bansuri (side blown flute) exponent Ronu Majumdar from North India and saraswati veena (multi-stringed chordophone) virtuoso Rajhesh Vaidhya from South India in the ancient art form [...]

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    A scintillating evening of Carnatic Music

     G. Shrikanth (vocal) accompanied by Sri Raman Iyer (violin) and Sri Nirmal Narayan (mridangam) Date: August 9,  7pm Venue: House Concert at 10536 115th Pl NE, Kirkland, WA 98033-5016 Suggested donation: $20  Join on Facebook!!

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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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