DHRUPAD recital by Manoj Saraf

Event Date: 
10 June 2017 - 6:00pm

Somaiya Centre for Lifelong Learning


Sanskar Trust

invite you to a

Dhrupad recital of renowned vocalist​​

Manoj Saraf


with vocal support by

Sarosh Bana & Kushal Gopalka


at 6.00 pm on 10 June 2017 Saturday 



Dhrupad is the most ancient style of Hindustani classical music that has survived until today in its original form. It is a form of devotional music that traces its origin to the ancient text Samaveda that was chanted with the help of melody and rhythm, called Samagana. Gradually this developed into other vocal styles called Chhanda and Prabhanda with the introduction of verse and meter. The fusion of these two elements created Dhrupad. By the

​11th century, Dhrupad music had crystalli​s​ed into a perfected form that​has retained its original structure and purity till today.

Dhrupad owes its richness to a majestic and systematic unfolding of traditional ragas. It is primarily vocal music,​though it is also performed on the rudra veena. After a solo elaboration of the raga, the vocalist sings a composed prayer and its improvised variations set to a specific rhythmic cycle. 

Accompaniment is provided by the ‘pakhavaj’​,​ a horizontal drum with a deep vibrant sound. Originally sung in the temples, ​Dhrupad also gained royal patronage until the end of princely rule and India’s independence in 1947. Since that time,​Dhrupad music has shifted to the concert stage, and has won the appreciation of enthusiastic audience​s ​in India and abroad.​


About Manoj Saraf

Manoj Saraf is an accomplished Dhrupad exponent. After his early training in music with Shree Mohan Shukla, he joined the Alauddin Khan Sangeet Academy in Bhopal for advanced training in Dhrupad style. He studied under his guru, Ustad Zia Fariduddin Dagar, and also received the blessing of Ustad Zia Mohiuddin Dagar. Today he speciali​ses in rendering Dhrupad in the Dagarbani style, with emphasis on Alap, Jod and systematic Badhaat (improvisation) of the raga.

Manojji has performed at prestigious venues and music festivals all over India, and also for plays ​for​ films and television shows. He has been awarded a National Scholarship by the HRD Ministry, Govt. of India.


Date: Saturday, 10th June 2017

Time: 6.00 pm to 7.30pm





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