Dhrupad Kendra offers scholarships

Ramakrishna S R
Senior Editor, News
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This is a quick note for musicians interested in learning the ancient form of dhrupad.

Dhrupad Kendra in Bhopal is now looking for students for its four-year course, beginning August 2011. The centre, the only one of its kind in the world, teaches dhrupad in a gurukul-style setting.

Khayal is the reigning form in Hindustani music today. Dhrupad is older and is considered more rigorous.

"My job over the next few years would be to train and produce professional dhrupad singers and promote them nationally and internationally to become successful dhrupadiyas," says Ashish Sankrityayan, director of the centre.

The centre is supported by the Madhya Pradesh government, which offers ten scholarships of Rs 2,000 a month. The last date for applying is July 28.

Dhrupad Kendra is administered by the Ustad Allauddin Khan Sangeet Evam Kala Academy. Its mobile number, if you wish to call, is +91 9810520201

"Dhrupad is the oldest surviving form of Indian classical music and traces its origin to the chanting of Vedic hymns. Since the 1960s, Dhrupad has grown enormously in popularity internationally because of the richness and sophistication of its musical concepts and its roots in Indian spiritual philosophy," says a note from the centre.

Dhrupad Kendra was established in 1981 under the directorship of the celebrated dhrupad exponent Ustad Zia Fariduddin Dagar.  Candidates can apply by email or post. The eligibility is secondary schooling, some background in music, and age between 14 and 30 years. The centre offers to relax these norms for "very exceptional candidates".

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