Two Dhrupad musicians return to HWS for an encore concert
(March 15, 2005) GENEVA, N.Y.–Two musicians trained in an ancient form of Indian classical music will perform at Hobart and William Smith Colleges later this month. The Dhrupad style is the oldest existing form of the Indian classical music, and is a major heritage of Indian culture.
Uday Bhawalkar and Manik Munde will give a demonstration at 8 p.m. on Tuesday, March 29, in Stern Hall room 103, and a concert at 8 p.m. on Thursday, March 31, in the Geneva Room of the Warren Hunting Smith Library. Both events are free and open to the public.
Bhawalkar learned Dhrupad under master musician Ustad Zia Fariduddin Dagar, at the Dhrupad Kendra in Bhopal. Later he continued his training also under Dagar's elder brother Ustad Zia Mohiuddin Dagar, the renowned Veena maestro. Bhawalkar has been awarded a National Scholarship and Junior Fellowship from the cultural department of the Indian Government. He has performed at concerts and music festivals in India, throughout Europe, in Mexico and the U.S.
Munde is one of India's leading pakhawaj masters, and studied with master musicians Bhakta Ganesh Anna Chaudhari, Pandit Mahant Amarnath Mishra and Govind Deshmukh. He has accompanied major instrumental and vocal artists in Dhrupad, both in India and on numerous European tours, and has appeared in a number of CD recordings on the Auvidis, Nimbus and Makar labels. He first visited the U.S. with Ustad Zia Mohiuddin Dagar and Ustad Zia Fariduddin Dagar during the Festival of India in 1985, and accompanied Bhawalkar in a 1999 American tour; he completed his third tour of the U.S. in 2000 with Shubha Sankaran.
Bhawalkar and Munde performed at the Colleges in 2002.