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Dagars & Dhrupad
Divine Legacy
Paper Type: Art Paper (Matt) | Size: 248 x 222mm
All colour; 201 photographs
ISBN-10: 9383098759 | ISBN-13: 978-93-83098-75-0

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Dhrupad is one of the earliest and most dominant streams that has contributed to Hindustani classical music. According to Faiyazuddin Dagar (1934–1989), ‘In the two parts of the dhrupad, the alap [the improvised section of a raga, forming a prologue to the formal expression] is sung in free rhythm over drone, and the pada [word or phrase that signifies the concept of a raga] is more a rhythmic poem accompanied by drumming over the two-headed pakhawaj [the standard percussion instrument used in dhrupad]. It is a devotional and spiritual type of music … and though the basic style has not changed right from the earlier times—15 centuries ago—individuality does come in and find its place.’ Dagars & Dhrupad: Divine Legacy gives glimpses of the rich heritage of this haunting form of music that has enthralled audiences worldwide. It traces the history of the illustrious Dagar family through 20 generations of dhrupad singers and highlights their distinctive approach to this unique form of music. Rare photographs make the book all the more special.

Humra Quraishi
Humra Quraishi
Humra Quraishi is a Delhi-based writer-columnist-journalist. Her books include Kashmir: The Untold Story and a volume of her collective writings, Views: Yours and Mine. She has co-authored two books with Khushwant Singh.