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Singing Indian Classical Music - Dhrupad Vocal Weekend Workshop

May 24 — 26, 2014 , M S Su, 10:00 am — 4:30 pm
Kerry Hall Poncho, 710 East Roy St, Seattle, WA

This course is currently full. If you have any questions, please contact us. Make sure to specify which course you're writing about.

  • Ages
    12 +
  • Housing
    Not Available
  • Scholarships
    Not Available

Daily Schedule Reminder for Times on May 24th
May 24: 1-6 pm with 1/2hr break

Cornish College of the Arts is pleased to offer two three day workshops in Dhrupad - Vocal and Pakhawaj, in collaboration with Dhrupad Music Institute of America (DMIA). These workshops are taught by the internationally renowned Gundecha Brothers, and are a part of DMIA’s Dhrupad Days 2014 http://dhrupad.com. Please visit that page for information about other events and activities that are a part of Dhrupad Days 2014.

The Gundecha Brothers will be performing at Cornish College Playhouse on May 30th, a culmination of the festival’s Dhrupad activities.

We invite you to join the courses, DMIA activities, stay for the performances, and if traveling from outside Seattle, partake in the wonderful tourist opportunities the city offers.

This workshop is taught by Umakant Gundecha and Ramakant Gundecha (Gundecha Brothers), India’s leading exponents of the Dhrupad style of music. 

Course Description
Dhrupad is an ancient style of Indian classical music. The nature of Dhrupad is spiritual; seeking not to entertain, but to induce feelings of peace and contemplation in the listener. The word Dhrupad is derived from “Dhruva”, the steadfast North Star (Polaris) and “pada” meaning poetry. It is a form of music that traces its origin to chanting of the ancient text of Sama Veda. From this early chanting, millennia ago, Dhrupad evolved into the sophisticated classical form of music, that it is today. Its steadfast, precise, unhurried and improvisational nature is attracting audiences all over the world.

Dhrupad is known for its emphasis in precision in pitch and for a wealth of detailed improvisational techniques. Both of these are useful skills in any form of music. Thus, this workshop is beneficial to all musical backgrounds and interests.

The workshop offers lectures and practical training on Dhrupad and Indian Classical music, and also offers voice techniques and training. All attendees will start out together, and the class will be split in two groups to enable better individual focus.

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, as well as for those who want to improve their appreciation when listening to Indian Classical music.

Instrumentalists can also attend this workshop, and should bring their instrument. String and wind instruments such as rudra veena, sitar, surbahar, sursringar, saxophone, flute and trombone are suited to Dhrupad. Inquiries from other instrumentalists regarding suitability are welcome.

Daily Schedule
Memorial Day Weekend Workshop:
May 24: 1-6 pm with 1/2hr break
May 25: 10-4:30 pm with 1.5 hour break
May 26: 10-4:30 pm with 1.5 hour break

Dhrupad and Meditation - 30 minutes (only for Sunday and Monday of Memorial Day Weekend Workshop)
Lecture on Raga and Voice in Indian music - 30 minutes
Voice Techniques in Dhrupad and its practice - 60 minutes
Addressing musical problems of each student individually- 30 minutes
Alap in the chosen raga - 60 minutes
Tala practice -15 minutes
Composition in any raga - 45 minutes
Question and Answer Session - 30 minutes

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 find a list of options below.

1) The Silver Cloud Hotel on Broadway (Short bus ride to the workshop location) - http://www.silvercloud.com/seattlebroadway or 800.590.1801

2) The Bacon Mansion Bed and Breakfast (Within walking distance to the workshop location) - http://www.baconmansion.com or 800.240.1864

3) 11th Avenue Inn Bed and Breakfast (Short bus ride to the workshop location) - http://www.11thavenueinn.com or 206.720.7161

The Capitol Hill Neighborhood has several bed and breakfasts in almost any price range. You can use http://www.airbnb.com to search for these accommodations.

Rupesh Kotecha

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Ramakant Gundecha
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The Gundecha Brothers are the most active performers of the ancient Indian musical vocal genre known as Dhrupad on the world musical scene today. They have made numerous international tours visiting more than 25 countries around the globe and have recorded more than three dozen CDs from various national and international music labels. In 2012, Umakant and Ramakant, both vocalists and the elder of the three brothers, received from the government of India the Padma Shri, the fourth highest civilian honor of India, for their contribution to Indian classical music. Together with Akhilesh, the youngest brother and a performer on the barrel drum known as pakhawaj, they operate the Dhrupad Sansthan in Bhopal, India, a unique musical academy patterned on the ancient guru-shishya (teacher-disciple) tradition of education, with students from more than 20 countries, as well as from various parts of India, participating. Born in Ujjain in central India, the brothers were initiated into music by their parents. All three received conventional university educations while also studying music. Umakant and Ramakant learned from the renowned Dhrupad vocalist Ustad Zia Fariduddin Dagar, and also with the late Ustad Zia Mohiuddin Dagar (the distinguished performer of rudra veena) at the Dhrupad Kendra in Bhopal. Akhilesh, the youngest brother, studied the pakhawaj with the prominent percussionists Pandit Shrikant Mishra and Raja Chhatrapati Singh JuDeo, and in addition to his brothers, has accompanied almost all of the major Dhrupad vocalists and instrumentalists of India. All of the brothers appear regularly on local and national radio and television.

Rupesh Kotecha

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Umakant Gundecha
Instructor

The Gundecha Brothers are the most active performers of the ancient Indian musical vocal genre known as Dhrupad on the world musical scene today. They have made numerous international tours visiting more than 25 countries around the globe and have recorded more than three dozen CDs from various national and international music labels. In 2012, Umakant and Ramakant, both vocalists and the elder of the three brothers, received from the government of India the Padma Shri, the fourth highest civilian honor of India, for their contribution to Indian classical music. Together with Akhilesh, the youngest brother and a performer on the barrel drum known as pakhawaj, they operate the Dhrupad Sansthan in Bhopal, India, a unique musical academy patterned on the ancient guru-shishya (teacher-disciple) tradition of education, with students from more than 20 countries, as well as from various parts of India, participating. Born in Ujjain in central India, the brothers were initiated into music by their parents. All three received conventional university educations while also studying music. Umakant and Ramakant learned from the renowned Dhrupad vocalist Ustad Zia Fariduddin Dagar, and also with the late Ustad Zia Mohiuddin Dagar (the distinguished performer of rudra veena) at the Dhrupad Kendra in Bhopal. Akhilesh, the youngest brother, studied the pakhawaj with the prominent percussionists Pandit Shrikant Mishra and Raja Chhatrapati Singh JuDeo, and in addition to his brothers, has accompanied almost all of the major Dhrupad vocalists and instrumentalists of India. All of the brothers appear regularly on local and national radio and television.

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