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Dhrupad is believed to be the most ancient style of Hindustani classical music that has survived until the present day in its original form. It traces its origin to the text of the Sama Veda (written around 1000 BCE), which was chanted with melody and rhythm. The word Dhrupad is derived from ‘dhruva’, or steadfast, for the North Star (Polaris) and ‘pada’ meaning poetry.
The nature of Dhrupad music is spiritual, meditative, introspective. The objective is not to entertain, but to immerse the listener in an experience of peace and contemplation.
One important aspect of Dhrupad is the emphasis on the purity of the note, the adherence to the raaga and the expression of one’s true voice. While there have been some innovations in terms of the texts that are sung, for the most part the music we hear today is performed as it was centuries ago, in the temples of ancient India, passed down via oral tradition from guru to shishya.
Born in Gujarat, India, Chintan Upadhyay started his training in singing from his parents at a very early age. He is a Dhrupad vocalist from the Dagar Baani tradition. A disciple of Pt. Uday Bhawalkar, Chintan studied in the Guru Shishya Parampara at his residence in Pune after passing the M.A. in classical vocal from Pune University, Lalit Kala Kendra. He did his Master’s under Dr. Vikas Kashalkar and Pt. Vijay Koparkar. He did his Sangeet Alankar under Late Shri Laxmipati Shukla (a disciple of Pt. Omkarnath Thakur) and learned Kirana Gharana Khayal from Shri Ashvin Andhariya (nephew of Late Shri Rasiklal Andhariya). He received a Scholarship for Young Artists from the Government of India in 2002 and was awarded Junior Research Fellowship from the Government of India in 2014 for Dhrupad Music. He has been performing solo concerts since 2006, and has been teaching students both in India and abroad.
Dhaval Mistry is an expert Pakhawaj player. He is well versed in several genres of Indian music: classical, semi-classical, and popular music, in two different Indian classical music languages, vocal and Instrumental, as well as western classical and popular music.
Dhaval was born in Vadodara and was groomed in a musical atmosphere. He is from the sixth generation of the Binkar and Sitar family. He started his training in taalim of Pakhawaj from Jagannath Jagtap who is a very well known Pakhawaj player in Gujarat. He then then trained under Pt.Govind Ram Banarasi, who is an AIR artist and the son of late Pt.Mannu Mrudanga Charya of Banaras. He is now the disciple of the great Pakhawaj maestro Pt.Manik Mund who is the most senior disciple of Pt.Amarnath Misra, Mahant of Sankat Mochan Temple of Banaras. He is a scholar from the Gujarat Rajya Sangeet Natya Academy.