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{Youtube Link :Raga Adana, Tokyo Summer Festival} 

 

{Do listen to this and feel soothed! A part of the content from their website is provided below} 

The Gundecha Brothers present  vocal music known as Dhrupad, the oldest and most profound form of classical Hindustani vocal music. Dhrupad developed in India  in medieval times, and we have examples of  distinct compositions attributed to the legendary Tan Sen (or Tansen) , who both as a player of BEEN and a vocalist was one of the nine jewels of the royal court of the great mughal emperor Akbar. Dhrupad was a dominant form of vocal music in northern India until the eighteenth century, when it was gradually overtaken by the lighter ,more florid vocal style as KHAYAL (literally, imagination).

A customary full performance of Dhrupad is in two parts – The Alap, an extended melodic improvisation that explores the mood of Raga, and the Dhrupad or Dhamar – a composition set to distinct poetic text with Pakhawaj accompaniment. The Alap itself goes through three states known as Vilambit, Madhya and Drut. The Vilambit Alap explores the distinctive melodic features of the Raga without recourse to rhythm. The customary vocal range of Dhrupad is two to two-and-a-half octaves, and the alap begins with tonic (do or C in western term) of the middle octave as its center. The vocalists sing in extended improvised passages and generally begin by moving downward, note by note, exploring the lowest octave, sometimes finally reaching a distinctly dramatic point by touching the deep tonic of that octave.  Although there are no lyrics to this singing, certain syllables – ri, na, ra num, te, ta, ra , na – are used to articulate the melody. ….. 

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After exploring the lowest octave, the singers move up into the middle octave – again singing in alternate improvisations that set new progressively higher watermarks – ultimately reaching another dramatic stage…this gradual, progressive ascent is the most dramatic element about the Dhrupad alap….

 

…..{Do read more…. – Dhrupad.Org}

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