posted on Jan, 3 2010 @ 02:07 PM
dhrupad is an amazing music for meditation (the alap only, the short composition & bhajan that follow are then nice to come down)
these alap are usually between 45 min & 90 min of heavy psychedelism (don't play that for a social gathering !)
it's a very strictly structured music at least 8 centuries old.
Main families nowadays are Dagar & Mallik (both muslim and it's actually also very interesting and open-minding to hear any of those going wild on
Hindu bhajan - bom shiva!)
i recommend highly Uday Bhawalkar (vocals - had learnt from the Dagar family) and PUSHPARAJ KOUSTI (Subahar -ancestor of the sitar). Those two are
mastering their art with a striking humility (was lucky enough to see them perform).
Not as brilliant and perfect but still amazing artists are the Gundecha Brother, Dagar brothers (vocals) and Bahaudin Dagar (rudra veena - two-headed
sitar-like with amazing low-frequency sounds).
It's not easy to find this music, the best is to go to a sharing platform like soulseek to get good quality (& compression) recordings.
Alternatively, go to India or look for Dhrupad festival, I know they organize some in canada and Europe during summer but I doubt those masters are
note also, that Dhrupad is not very popular anymore in India and that now, more and more of dhrupad students are actually westerners ! we can expect
Dhrupad to slowly lose its roots from India and become an international movement in the next decades (which is cool otherwise it would just
edit to add that you won't find any alap in youtube only compositions (with the pakawaj), but you will on google videos (you might see me too in the
[edit on 3-1-2010 by ::.mika.::]