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Named in #MeToo allegations, pakhawaj artiste Akhilesh Gundecha is invited to, then dropped from, Tansen Samaroh 2020
Arts & Culture

Named in #MeToo allegations, pakhawaj artiste Akhilesh Gundecha is invited to, then dropped from, Tansen Samaroh 2020

Akhilesh and the other Gundecha brothers — the noted vocalists Umakant and (late) Ramakant — were embroiled in sexual harassment accusations from current and former students of the institute they founded, Dhrupad Sansthan.

Umakant Gundecha named in #MeToo allegation by former student; Dhrupad Sansthan founder denies misconduct
India

Umakant Gundecha named in #MeToo allegation by former student; Dhrupad Sansthan founder denies misconduct

Last month, several anonymous accusations of sexual misconduct had surfaced against two other members of the Dhrupad Sansthan founding family — the late Ramakant Gundecha, and pakhawaj artiste Akhilesh Gundecha.

Gundecha Dhrupad Sansthan forms new IC to investigate #MeToo allegations as students protest handling of harassment plaints
India

Gundecha Dhrupad Sansthan forms new IC to investigate #MeToo allegations as students protest handling of harassment plaints

The students issued a statement through their legal representatives that takes issue with the Sansthan's newly constituted Internal Committee

#MeToo case at Gundecha Dhrupad Sansthan deepens as students allege mishandling of sexual harassment plaints
India

#MeToo case at Gundecha Dhrupad Sansthan deepens as students allege mishandling of sexual harassment plaints

In a collective statement shared by some students of the Dhrupad Sansthan with Firstpost, several issues have been flagged with respect to the gurukul’s official response to the harassment allegations against Akhilesh and late Ramakant Gundecha.

Dhrupad Sansthan in sexual misconduct row; Akhilesh Gundecha steps down amid harassment allegations
India

Dhrupad Sansthan in sexual misconduct row; Akhilesh Gundecha steps down amid harassment allegations

Amid allegations of sexual misconduct, aired on social media this week, Akhilesh Gundecha, a noted pakhawaj artiste, stepped down from his position at the Dhrupad Sansthan.

From Khayal gayaki's glorious past to its changing future, tracing the trajectory of this ancient form of classical music
Arts & Culture

From Khayal gayaki's glorious past to its changing future, tracing the trajectory of this ancient form of classical music

The story of Khayal's origin meanders just like the interpretative practice it calls for. The art form is ailed by growing commercialisation and a decrease in innovation, but practitioners are hopeful that a new generation of musicians will expand its scope

The Friday List: From a virtual Harry Potter festival to Sushant Singh Rajput's posthumous release Dil Bechara, your weekly calendar of virtual events
Arts & Culture

The Friday List: From a virtual Harry Potter festival to Sushant Singh Rajput's posthumous release Dil Bechara, your weekly calendar of virtual events

Every Friday, we'll bring you a curated list of online experiences — performances, talks, tours, screenings — to mark on your weekly calendar.

Dhrupad, across borders: American musician Jody Stecher on learning under ZM Dagar, taking up the sursingar
Life

Dhrupad, across borders: American musician Jody Stecher on learning under ZM Dagar, taking up the sursingar

Jody Stecher is one of the very few Dhrupad exponents of the sursingar, the baritone predecessor of the sarod. His collection of instruments also features the beautiful sursingar that originally belonged to Ustad Zia Mohiuddin Dagar, his guru

My brother, the maestro: Dhrupad meant everything to Ramakant Gundecha; so did the pursuit of excellence
Life

My brother, the maestro: Dhrupad meant everything to Ramakant Gundecha; so did the pursuit of excellence

I can say with confidence that my brother Ramakant Gundecha's biggest dream and singular passion — of training professional Dhrupad artists and enthusiasts — has come to fruition and will continue to grow beyond his wildest dreams | Akhilesh Gundecha writes

Remembering Ramakant Gundecha, the classical music virtuoso who took Dhrupad tradition to the world with his brother
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Remembering Ramakant Gundecha, the classical music virtuoso who took Dhrupad tradition to the world with his brother

Dhrupad virtuoso Ramakant Gundecha, 58, passed away in Bhopal following a heart attack on Friday. His departure leaves behind a void in the world of Indian classical music at large, and in the layered and nuanced tradition of Dhrupad music, in particular.

Dhrupad maestro and Padma Shri awardee Ramakant Gundecha passes away at 56
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Dhrupad maestro and Padma Shri awardee Ramakant Gundecha passes away at 56

The Gundecha brothers, founders of Bhopal's Gurukul Drupad Sansthan, were known for reviving and performing the dhrupad, one of the oldest forms of Hindustani music.

At Varanasi's Dhrupad Mela, a celebration of classical music unlike any other in India
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At Varanasi's Dhrupad Mela, a celebration of classical music unlike any other in India

It does not have the tag of "the biggest" or "the music festival in town" because the town is only Varanasi. The ‘Dhrupad Mela’, however, is among the most joyous celebrations of Dhrupad.

Dhrupad legend Ustad Zia Fariduddin Dagar passes away
India

Dhrupad legend Ustad Zia Fariduddin Dagar passes away

Ustad Zia Fariduddin Dagar (1932-2013), dhrupad vocalist,breathed his last on 8th May 2013 after a brief illness.

Preview: Dhrupad festival for serious listeners
Mumbai

Preview: Dhrupad festival for serious listeners

There are only about 75 students of Dhrupad countrywide because it's an art form that takes serious dedication. The Mumbai-based Dhrupad Gurukul will bring it to public on 12 and 13 October.