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Dhrupad Singer
Dhrupad Singer

Date & Time

Thursday Thu, 3 Nov 2022


Location (for BIC Venue, BIC Hybrid and BIC Cafe)

Bangalore International Centre
7, 4th Main Road, Domlur II Stage
Bangalore, Karnataka 560071 India
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+91 98865 99675 bic@bangaloreinternationalcentre.org

Sanjeev Jha and Manish Kumar will present self-composed, raga based bandishes of the famous saints Vidyapati, Tulsidas & Surdas along with some self-written and composed bandishes. The singers would take the listeners through the meditative aspect of this ancient form of music. While Dhrupad is seeing a revival, its meditative and reflective aspect still remains largely unrevealed. The Dhrupad Bandhu through their efforts are trying to bring this very aspect to light.

The compositions are laden with ancient wisdom, both through the lyrics as well as that of its sounds. Over the years the duo have developed a unique style of presentation which is enjoyed by both the old and the new generation. It is their constant endeavour to take this art form to grassroot levels. They believe that this art form is meant not just for entertainment but also has spiritual and therapeutic benefits. The evening holds the promise of revelations and divine bliss.

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Sanjeev Jha

Dhrupad Singer

Sanjeev Jha received his initial training from Ustad Habeeb Khan (Hazipur) and Pandit Arun Bhaduri (SRA,Kolkata). He has done his Bachelor in Music from Banaras Hindu University and Masters in Music from Delhi University. He has the honour of being the first male Dhrupad Singer to be trained at the Dhrupad Sansthan under the Guru Shishya Parampara, from 2007. He was a part of the ICCR team that performed in a five-country Dhrupad tour in Singapore, Phillipines, Belgium, Argentina and Brazil.

Besides performing at various platforms across India, Sanjeev has been imparting Dhrupad training in Delhi. He was a member of the Dhrupad faculty at the Shriram Bharatiya Kala Kendra, Delhi. He has been a visiting Professor at the Ashoka University in Sonepat, Haryana where he taught a group of undergraduate students. Sanjeev is also the co-founder of Naadyatra Foundation, an NGO dedicated to promoting the dhyaan aspect of Indian Raag music.

Manish Kumar

Dhrupad Singer

Manish Kumar received his initial music training from Dr. Vijay Kapoor (Varanasi). He has completed a Diploma in Vocal (Hindustani Classical) Music and a Bachelors in Music from Banaras Hindu Universiry, Varanasi. He got his Masters in Music from the Indira Kala Sangeet Vishwavidhyalaya, Khairagarh. He has been under the guidance and training of the Gundecha Brothers since 2007.

Manish received the National Scholarship from the Government of India for Dhrupad Vocal (2009-11). He was also awarded a scholarship from the Sir Dorabji Tata Trust. He is the co-founder & Director of the Dhruvpad Gurukulam Foundation in Hyderabad and is actively teaching Dhrupad. He is also a “Graded artist” of All India Radio.

Dnyaneshwar Deshmukh


Shri Dnyaneshwar Deshmukh belongs to Varkari Sampraday. Pakhawaj has been a tradition in his family. His father, Shri Rangnath Maharaj Deshmukh is a well-known name in Varkari Sampraday, Maharashtra. His musical journey took an interesting turn in 2009 when he was inducted into the Dhrupad style of Pakhawaj, by Pt. Akhilesh Gundecha.

He is being trained under the Gurushisya tradition at Dhrupad Sansthan under the tutelage of Pt. Akhilesh Gundecha and Padmashri Gundecha Brothers. Prior to this, he also received valuable training under Shri Panduranga Appa Datar. He has been performing all over India and overseas on various respected platforms, as a solo artist as well as an accompanist.