Indian Vocal Concert Held on Campus
The William Paterson University Music Department showcased North Indian Hindustnai Dhrupad performers on September 18 in the Hunziker Black Box Theatre.
The William Paterson University Music Department showcased North Indian Hindustnai Dhrupad performers on September 18 in the Hunziker Black Box Theatre. The performance featured Aliya Rasheed, Amita Sinha Mahapatra, and Sukhad Munde. The evening also included a pre-concert clinic as a preview of the music.
The performers are senior students of Ramakant Gundecha, a vocal teacher who won the highly praised 2012 Padma Shri award from the Indian government. Rasheed became interested in Dhrupad music when she was sponsored to study the genre in India in 2001. She continued to work with the Gundecha Brothers in Bhopal and is considered to be the first female Pakistani Dhrupad artist to earn formal vocal training in India. Mahapatra received a Master’s degree in music from Vishwa Bharati University at Shantiniketan, West Bengal, and started her Dhrupad training from Smt Kaberi Kar. Munde has accompanied many great Dhrupad vocalists and instrumentalists and continues to be involved in solo performances, duets, and larger ensembles.
Dhrupad is one of India’s oldest and most devotional art forms. It can be presented by a solo singer or an ensemble of multiple performers. Dhrupad follows other genres of Indian music by being monophonic, having a single melodic line with little to no chord progression.