The Dhrupad Music 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 On The Cello

    We welcome you to a Dhrupad music concert by Nancy Lesh Kulkarni on the cello, accompanied by Pt. Akhilesh  Gundecha, pakhawaj. Includes a pakhawaj solo by Pt. Akhilesh Gundecha Date: May 25, Time: 7:00pm – 9:30pm. Includes ~15 minute interval. Doors open at 6:30pm. Venue:  Independent Order of Odd Fellows (also known as Ballard Alki Lodge IOOF), [...]

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    Gundecha Brothers US Tour

    Padmashri Gundecha Brothers  are touring the US and Canada between May 2nd and June 8th, 2014.  They are conducting in depth workshops between May 24 and May 30 as a part of Dhrupad Days music festival in Seattle. Their concert schedule is below: May 2: Birmingham, AL May 3: Atlanta, GA May 4: Washington, DC [...]

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    Dhrupad Days 2014

    Dhrupad Days is coming up in May!! Visit the Dhrupad Days 2014 page to find out more, about this annual festival that is fast becoming a “must attend” for Dhrupad lovers across the US, and the world. It is held annually in Seattle, affectionately dubbed “Dhrupad Nagari” or, “City of Dhrupad”. Come for workshops by [...]

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  • Get Involved

    There was a time, when Dhrupad was supported by royalty. Today, it is up to you and me to ensure that this ancient art form thrives. We welcome and are very grateful to everyone who supports Dhrupad and DMIA. There are several ways of supporting DMIA, by donating, volunteering, and contributing creatively. More information on [...]

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  • About DMIA

    The Dhrupad Music Institute of America is a 501 (c) (3) Non-Profit organization based in Washington DC, with a presence in several locations across the United States.  Our aim is to promote, propagate and teach Dhrupad, both vocal and instrumental (on the pakhawaj, veena, surbahar, and other instruments), as well as to propagate Indian classical [...]

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