Ashish Sankrityayan is an exponent of the Dagar tradition of dhrupad. His main teachers have been Ustads Rahim Fahimuddin Dagar, Zia Fariduddin Dagar and Hussain Sayeeduddin Dagar. He has also received valuable guidance from Ustads Nasir Aminuddin Dagar and Zia Mohiuddin Dagar. Since 2011 he has been the Guru and director of the Dhrupad Kendra, Bhopal. Ashish Sankritiyayan will discuss the book with the panel moderated by Jay Visvadeva.
The book is titled Dhrupad of the Dagars, Conceptual Foundations and Contemporary Questions, being published by Munshiram Manoharlal Ltd. Delhi. It deals with the conceptual foundations on which the tradition of the Behram Khani Dagars is based and also tries to analyse the history of the tradition within the overall context of Indian music and the vast changes in the environment and the patronage of music that came about in the last few centuries. It establishes through the documented teachings of the various Dagars and in particular Rahim Fahimuddin Dagar - reportedly the last storehouse of knowledge of the Behram Khanis, that dhrupad is the culmination of a long process of development from the vedic chantings and differs fundamentally from the forms that developed later in the very conception of a note, of tonal relations and of raga. It also analyses the present state of the Dagar tradition and the phenomenon of dhrupad finding a global audience in the last fifty years.
In association with SAMA Arts Network & the Dhrupad Institute UK