Dhrupadhamar are two artists committed to reviving a rich music tradition originated from the 1st Century BCE, and demonstrating its relevance in the 21st Century. The duo’s name derives from the Indian words Dhrupad and Dhamār, two of the oldest existing forms of Indian classical music. But if the nature of Dhrupad is spiritual – seeking to induce deep feelings of peace and contemplation in the listener – the one of Dhamār is seen as a relatively light and romantic one, as often associated with the Holi Spring Festival of colours. The mix of these two opposite elements, sacred and secular, devotional and entertaining, has survived through the millennia. The same chanting that resonated in the temples of pre-medieval India, came to be patronized by the royal courts in the 15th Century, and the singers who’s once faced the divinity, where then performing in praise of India’s emperors.
The pure nature of Dhrupad still survives today in the style and musicality which Dhrupadhamar bring to this sacred tradition. Their determination and devotion to these music forms represents their individual, inspired musical journeys to date.
Behind the Dhrupadhamar name, there are the two affirmed artists and scholars Jasdeep Singh and Kirit Singh. Kirit is a disciple of the renowned Dhrupad torchbearer, Pt. Uday Bhawalkar ji, and Jasdeep is one of the few disciples of the world's leading exponent of the Jori tradition of Punjab, Ustad Sukhvinder Singh 'Pinky' ji. Both Jasdeep and Kirit discovered music in their early teens, and today they are both working towards academic research to reveal the roots of the ancient music they perform.
In addition to Dhrupadhamar’s performance, the two artists will introduce the audience to the fascinating history and technique of the ‘Dhrupad’ and ‘Dhamār’ styles, with a brief and informative pre-show talk.
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"I lost all sense of time. Amazing vocal control."
"Beautiful evening. Amazing music. Thank you very much for organising the event."
"Very peaceful and blissful."