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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    Gundecha Brothers 2016 tour

    Dhrupad Music Institute of America is pleased to present Gundecha Brothers 2016 tour. For the schedule, please see below, and also see April 30 – New York City, NY May 1 – The Cosmic Sounds of Dhrupad  - Washington DC May 8 – Fort Lauderdale, FL May 14 – Dallas, TX May 18-20 – [...]

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    Dhrupad Days 2016

    In 2016,  Dhrupad Days is expanding to three locations. Join this music festival, held in May and early June for in-depth workshops, world-class performances, and to meet others interested in Dhrupad. All while enjoying beautiful Seattle, Montreal or Wayne – NJ. Find out more on the Dhrupad Days 2016  page.

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    The Cosmic Sounds of Dhrupad

    Dhrupad Music Institute of America presents, “The Cosmic Sounds of Dhrupad”, the classical music of India, a concert by Padmashri Gundecha Brothers. 1 May 2016 at 5:00 pm, at The Universities at Shady Grove, Auditorium, Building 1, 9640 Gudelsky Drive, Rockville, MD 20850. Tickets are $35 and $25, and are available at the door. For [...]

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    Welcome to the Seattle chapter page.  Find information about our main activities below. Shadaj Series   Shadaj is a series of musical get-togethers. These get-togethers can be concerts, lectures, or group singing. The content will evolve depending on where the participating community would like to take it. We welcome you to attend Shadaj Series events. [...]

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