Dhrupad Days 2013 was held in Seattle from June 24-July 7. Here is the summary in press features, pictures, videos, ragas, taalas and testimonials:
Dhrupad in Seattle – Sruti Magazine
Seattle celebrates ancient Hindustani vocal tradition – Seattle Times
‘Dhrupad Days’ Indian music festival visits Seattle – NW Asian Weekly
Additionally, video highlights of “Day of Dhrupad” performances aired on TV Asia Community Roundup program, July 9th.
Cornish College workshop performance
DMIA retreat performance
Ragas, Taalas, Compositions
Here are the ragas, taalas and compositions learned by those attending the various workshops that were a part of Dhrupad Days 2013:
Raga Malkauns – “Jayati Jayati Sree Ganesha”, Chautaal
Raga Malkauns – “Shankara Girijapati”, Sooltaal
Raga Malkauns – “Natata Shiva Shankara”, Basant taal. Lyrics by Dr. Puru Dadheech, Music by Gundecha Bandhu. Composed especially for Dhrupad Days
Raga Bhimpalasi – “Namo Anjani Nandanam”, Sadara
Raga Hamsadhwani – “Sadho Mana Ka Maan Tyago”, Chautaal
Raga Bhupali – “Shankara Suta Ganesha”, Sooltaal
Comments on Cornish College Workshop
I could participate in the Dhrupad workshop for only two days out of five. I wish I could have stayed for the full workshop.
I consider Pt. Ramakant Gundecha to be one the few Siddha Purushas in the field of Dhrupad music.
He is really able to perform nada bheda, i.e., explain the nuances and intricacies of Dhrupad. What is most important is that he can do this at the desired level, from that of a lay person to that of a specialist.
I just cite one example. When he was explaining the unsuitability of a keyboard instrument in the Indian classical music, he walked over to a piano located in the room and played the raga Malkauns (this was the raga he was teaching about) and then sang the same to demonstrate the incompatibility between the two.
I am so glad I could attend the workshop even if for two days. There is something special about seeing the master demonstrate his mastery of Dhrupad, unbelievable breath control, in a very intimate setting. Attending a Dhrupad performance by Gundecha Brothers is always very satisfying, but to get a glimpse of his mastery from such close quarters as in the setting of a classroom and his attempt to make the students sing aalap and composition, no matter how rudimentary, is incomparable. His emphasis on details, I mean minute details, sitting posture, etc., was so impressive. All this would have been impossible in any other setting.
Of course, I’d recommend continuation of such efforts in the future.
Last but not least, I wish to commend Ms. Vibhavaree Gargeya for her extraordinary organizational skills. None of this would be possible without her efforts. Thank you so much, Vibhavaree.
Comments on DMIA retreat
The Dhrupad experience was really wonderful for me. I so needed to be surrounded and immersed in the music. It was helpful in so many ways. I loved singing with the support of so many other voices, the intensive practice was enlivening for me. The songs still keep floating around inside of me.
Comments on DMIA retreat
A big thank you to you for organizing such a wonderful event so perfectly! There wasn’t a moment when I thought anything could have been better. I thoroughly enjoyed every moment of the time I spent in Seattle. The day long sessions with Ramakant ji were very informative, engaging and of course helped a lot in voice training.
I really do admire the passion, thoughtfulness and meticulousness that went into organizing this event. Looking forward to more such events.
Comments on DMIA retreat from an attendee
DIMA retreat was excellent. Quality of instruction very good and the number of participants was not too big – making it a good learning experience. I also liked that we had access to good food for lunch and there were activities planned for the evening.
Comments on Cornish College workshop
The workshop was great! I learned SO much. He gave us a great mix of Hindustani theory and history, and voice culture. His one on one feedback was invaluable as well as in the group dynamic. I feel inspired in my practice and my heart was opened and touched by the generosity and warmth of spirit showered on us by Ramakant-ji. I am grateful for this opportunity and look forward to studying again with this amazing master at the nearest opportunity.
Studying with Ramakantji was a joy. I really appreciated his emphasis on voice culture.
DMIA really did a spectacular job of putting this event together. Housing , meals, concerts…all great. I was surprised at how much I enjoyed “What is Dhrupad?”… provocative!
Comments on Dhrupad Days
It was fun to be involved in such a unique event. Dhrupad Days was a truly enriching experience for everyone who came who is interested in dhrupad. I’m no rasika but every little bit I can learn deepens my capacity for listening and appreciation of the subtleties.
Thank you for all your efforts in keeping the dhrupad tradition alive and well in Seattle.
Minu Seshasayee and Akshat Bhargava
Short and sweet on DMIA retreat
We fondly cherish this awesome retreat!