Dhrupad Days 2016 – Seattle – May 18 to 22

Seattle – Space Needle, Puget Sound, Olympic Mountains

Welcome to Dhrupad Days in Seattle!! In its fourth year, Seattle Dhrupad Days offers in-depth workshops and concerts. Seattle is a beautiful city – come alone or come with family, and explore the city over the weekend, while attending music concerts in the evenings. Read on for the full schedule and accommodation options.

May 18 to 20 – Workshops – Vocal, Instrumental, Rhythm

Dhrupad Days workshops in Seattle are offered in  collaboration with Cornish College, a premier college of the arts. The workshops are for all skill levels, age 12 and above.  They are an immersion in music, and are for enhancing musicality by learning the ancient art of Dhrupad from the world renowned Dhrupad Masters, Padmashree Gundecha Brothers. This is the fourth year we are offering these workshops in Seattle, and every previous year’s workshops have received rave reviews.

Kerry Hall – Workshop and Concert Venue

Dates: Wed, Thu, Fri, May 18, 19, 20
Time: Daily 10:00am to 1:00pm & 2:30pm to 5:30pm.
Venue: Cornish College, Kerry Hall, 710 East Roy Street, Seattle, WA 98102
: Advance sign up required.  Scholarships are available.
For workshop fees and to sign up, please click:
Scholarship deadline – April 1. Early bird deadline – May 6.
Vocal and Instrumental (vocal, string, wind, bowed instruments)
Rhythm and Percussion (taal and rhythm for percussionists, as well as for vocalists and instrumentalists)
Artists and Teachers:
 Padmashree Gundecha Brothers


1) Arrive early to the concerts to avail of free parking at Cornish’s parking garage near Kerry Hall
2) Broadway Ave, a couple of blocks from Kerry Hall has several wonderful options for dinner
3) We will have delicious, garam garam (hot) Jaipur Avenue Chai and Samosas from Chowpaaty Chaat for sale before each concert

May 20 – Swara Yoga – Carnatic Music Concert by Sri Ganesh Rajagopalan

Time:7:30 – 9:45pm
Venue: Cornish College, Kerry Hall, PONCHO Concert Hall, 710 East Roy Street, Seattle, WA 98102
Entrance: Tickets available for advance purchase or at the door (unless sold out)
Artists: Sri Ganesh Rajagopalan – Vocal and Violin, Sri Nirmal Narayan – Mridangam, Sri Dr. Ravi Balasubramanian – Ghatam, with special guest Pandit Akhilesh Gundecha – Pakhawaj.
Preview video: Swara Yoga, Meditation Concert

Sri Ganesh Rajagopalan will be presenting a meditation concert called “Swara Yoga”. Swara Yoga is an innovative technique developed by Sri Ganesh Rajagopalan to heal Body, Mind and Soul through music. Swara Yoga consists of the following segments:

1) Prabhodha – Awakening with Violin and Vocal Music
2) Aananda – Alaapana, Swara Kalpana
Break for 10 min
3) Swara yoga – Group Singing with Sri Ganesh Rajagopalan
4) Anantha – Infinite Bliss with Music

The violin has been an integral part of Indian music history for the past 200 years. From its inception, there have been countless violin players but only a few of them can be identified for their tonal excellence and creative genius. Ganesh Rajagopalan is counted among the best of them. Deeply embedded in the Carnatic tradition, Rajagopalan marries his technique and background with various forms of music ranging from Hindustani to jazz, folk, blues and much more.

Co-sponsored by Lakshmi Venkateshwara Temple (SVETA)

May 21 – Waves in Sound  – Dhrupad Music Concert by Padmashree Gundecha Brothers
Opening Hindustani Music Vocal  Concert by Smt. Srivani Jade

Time:4:30pm – 6:00pm
Venue:Cornish College, Kerry Hall, PONCHO Concert Hall, 710 East Roy Street, Seattle, WA 98102
Tickets available for advance purchase or at the door (unless sold out)
Artists: Smt. Srivani Jade – Vocal, Sri Anand Karve – Harmonium, Sri Ravi Albright- Tabla

In this opening concert to “Waves In Sound”, Hindustani vocalist Smt. Srivani Jade performs with Sri Anand Karve on harmonium and Sri Ravi Albright on tabla.

Srivani Jade was introduced to music at the age of four by her father Bhavani Prasad Jade and uncle Raghavendra Tilwalli. She studied Khayal initially with Dr. Sharad Gadre in the Gwalior style (2002-03), and since 2006, with Pandit Parameshwar Hegde in the Kirana style.  She performs regularly both in India and North America, including at music festivals such as the Sawai Gandharv Bhimsen Mahotsav (2014) and Devanandan Ubhayaker Yuva Sangeet Utsav (2009).  Srivani performs in the khayal style and also sings an eclectic repertoire of light classical music, such as, Thumri-dadra, Tappa and Bhajans. Her sweet voice, and strong artistic command over the genre, creates a very pleasing atmosphere in her concerts.

Srivani has taught music courses at the University of Washington where she has been invited as a  Visiting Artist. She has five solo albums to her credit and has lent her voice and music on independent films such as Tapasya (2003), Siddhanto (2014) and stage productions such as Indian Ink (Sound Theater Company).

 Waves in Sound – Dhrupad Music Concert

Time: 7:30pm – 9:45pm
Venue:Cornish College, Kerry Hall, PONCHO Concert Hall, 710 East Roy Street, Seattle, WA 98102
Entrance: Tickets available for advance purchase or at the door (unless sold out)
Padmashree Gundecha BrothersPadmashree Umakant Gundecha -Vocal, Padmashree Ramakant Gundecha – Vocal and Pandit Akhilesh Gundecha- Pakhawaj

Padmashri Gundecha Brothers are widely recognized as the torchbearers of the Dhrupad tradition and the foremost authority of the intricacies and nuances of this already highly nuanced form of music. They have taken Dhrupad to new heights with their innovative presentation, while strongly maintaining a hold on the core principles.

Gundecha Brothers perform in the jugalbandi style. Almost eerily in tune with each other, the Brothers perform the improvisations in Dhrupad (aalaps) singing both together and back and forth at four different speeds. Like a kaleidoscope of sound, their voices merge in fascinating and ever-changing combinations.

Having explored a raga (ancient intervals of notes sung through the centuries) in this manner, they present compositions set to the same raga accompanied to the rhythmic beat of the pakhawaj. Together, they create mind bending improvisations to rhythm.

In a typical concert, they will expand a raga (chosen on stage) in depth in all its forms – improvisation, compositions, free form and to rhythm. Then they will choose additional ragas rendering them in shorter explorations.

Come discover harmonics and waves within the waves of sound when these distinguished artists perform at PONCHO, Kerry Hall.

May 22 – Kirtan

Time: 12:00pm-1:00pm
Venue:Gurudwara Sikh Center of Seattle, 20412 Bothell Everett Hwy, Bothell, WA 98012
: Free. Donation appreciated.
Padmashree Gundecha BrothersPadmashree Umakant Gundecha -Vocal, Padmashree Ramakant Gundecha – Vocal and Pandit Akhilesh Gundecha – Pakhawaj

Kirtan – Padmashri Gundecha Brothers will perform kirtan, in the Dhrupad style (the form of music in which Gurubani was first sung)


Want to savor Dhrupad Days a bit longer? Continue the experience with “Sacred Voices” in nearby Vancouver, in the evening of the last day

Sacred Voices
Sunday, May 22nd – 7:00pm
Laura C. Muir Performing Arts Theater
Douglas College, New Westminster

Tickets: $25
Contact: 778.321.6048

Principal Artists and Teachers

The principal artists for Dhrupad Days and teachers of the workshops are Padmashree Gundecha Brothers.

The Gundecha Brothers are world renowned Dhrupad artists. They are founders of and educators at Dhrupad Sansthan, a premier institution of music in Bhopal – MP, India. Their extensive performing and teaching experience, as well as their fine research into the production of musical sound makes them highly sought after teachers. Along with deep academic knowledge of Dhrupad, they have a wealth of practical tools, tips and tricks to help any student further their musical journey.


For guests coming from outside of the Seattle area, there are several lodging options and guests should make their own arrangements well in advance. Please find a list of options below. The Bacon Mansion is recommended due to its proximity to the class location. Students can reserve single rooms or they may room with roommates to reduce costs – rooms start at $129 for a single and $159+ for doubles (or more).

1. The Bacon Mansion Bed and Breakfast (Within walking distance to the workshop location) - or 800.240.1864.

2. The Capitol Hill Neighborhood has several bed and breakfasts in almost any price range. You can use to search for these accommodations.


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