Dhrupad in the USA

Last month I had the pleasure of touring the USA as a dhrupad singer, playing in a number of cities across the country. I performed traditional ‘jugulbandhi’ (duet) with gurubhai Sou Inoue from Japan, accompanied on pakhawaj by Dnyaneshvara Deshmukh from India. We all trained with the Gundecha Brothers and met at their school, the Dhrupad Sansthan in Bhopal, India. The tour was instigated by our teachers and organised by the Dhrupad Music Institute of America. … Continue readingDhrupad in the USA

Recent study trip to India

I have just returned from a 10 week study trip to my teachers’ school, or ‘gurukul’, in Madya Pradesh, India. The project was largely funded by a grant from the Ian Potter Cultural Trust, which helps artists to develop their skills overseas. The Gundecha’s gurukul (The Dhrupad Sansthan) is situated in a rural environment, just outside of Bhopal, in the central heart of India. Students come from all over India and around the world to study in the ancient dhrupad style of Indian raga music. … Continue readingRecent study trip to India

Sikh Music and Tradition

For this post I decided to speak a little bit about Sikh music and tradition, since this has been one of my projects for the last couple of years and it seems that so few people here know anything about what is at the heart of this sizable cultural group. The Sikh Panjabi population inAustraliais huge, but their religion is a mystery to many. Many are also subjected to racial harassment and confused for Islamic terrorists, since the men traditionally show their faith with a long beard and a turban covering their head. So who are these distinctive looking people, what do they believe in and why is music so important to them? … Continue readingSikh Music and Tradition

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