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Dhrupad Indian Vocal Workshop


May 19 –May 21
F, S, Su
10:30am – 5:00pm


Kerry Hall, 710 East Roy St, Seattle, WA


The price of this course is $245.00

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Cornish College of the Arts is pleased to offer a Dhrupad vocal workshop, in collaboration with the Dhrupad Music Institute of America (DMIA).

This workshop is taught by the internationally renowned Gundecha Brothers, and is part of DMIA's annual music festival, Dhrupad Days.

Dhrupad is an ancient style of Indian Classical music. It traces its origins to chanting of the Sama Veda. From this chanting, millennia ago, Dhrupad has evolved into an elegant and nuanced performing art. Its steadfast, precise, gentle and improvisational nature is attracting audiences all over the world.

Dhrupad is known for its emphasis on precision of pitch and for a wealth of detailed improvisational techniques. Both of these are useful skills in any form of music. It is also known for being a broad and systematic study of musical sound. Thus, this workshop is beneficial to those from a wide range of musical backgrounds and interests.

As with other forms of Indian Classical music, Dhrupad is set in the raga system. For the workshop, two to three ragas will be chosen, and used to teach creation and structure of alap, use of special syllables in Dhrupad, development of a raga, and compositions in the chosen ragas.

The workshop offers both lectures and practical training on Dhrupad and Indian Classical music, and also offers training in voice techniques. The practical training is conducted in small groups, and plenty of individual attention is provided.

Who should enroll?

Students ages 12 and older. Students of Indian heritage are especially encouraged to attend, as are those with little or no prior knowledge of Indian music. Professional musicians from all areas of music are also encouraged to attend. This course is for those who want to learn Indian Classical music, those who want to improve and refine their techniques and understanding of music, as well as for those who want to improve their appreciation when listening to Indian Classical music.

Daily Schedule

May 19, May 20, May 21: 10:30 am-5:00 pm with 1.5 hour break from 1:00pm-2:30pm

Workshop attendees will be divided into two groups. Group that spends the morning with Umakant Gundecha will be taught by Ramakant Gundecha in the afternoon session, and vice versa for the group that spends the morning with Ramakant Gundecha.

Umakant Gundecha will focus on exercises and compositions.

Ramakant Gundecha will focus on voice, philosophy of raga and Dhrupad theory.

Course content includes:

  • Dhrupad overview and philosophy
  • Raga and Voice in Indian music
  • Voice Techniques in Dhrupad and its practice
  • Addressing musical problems of each student individually
  • Alap in the chosen ragas
  • Tala practice Composition in the chosen ragas
  • Music and meditation

Where to stay?

For guests coming from outside of the Seattle area, there are several lodging options and guests should make their own arrangements well in advance. Please see suggested options below. The Bacon Mansion is recommended due to its proximity to the class location. Students can reserve single rooms or they may room with roommates to reduce costs.

  1. The Bacon Mansion Bed and Breakfast (Within walking distance to the workshop location) - or 800.240.1864.
  2. The Capitol Hill Neighborhood has several bed and breakfasts in almost any price range. You can use to search for these accommodations.

What to bring

Instrumentalists may bring their instrument if they have one. Instruments such as rudra veena, sitar, surbahar, sursringar, saxophone and flute are suited to Dhrupad. While the class is a vocal class, the instructors will try and find time to provide instrumental tips and instruction. Inquiries from instrumentalists regarding suitability are welcome.

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