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Pandit Pradeep Barot

Pandit Pradeep Barot comes from a musical family of many generations. His grandfather Pt. Rodji Barot was a renowned sarangi player who had the honour of being the court musician of Ratlam state. Pt. Pradeep Barot’s father – Shri Mohanlal Barot is a versatile musician who plays the flute, clarinet, saxophone and the harmonium, while his uncle Ratanlal was an accomplished tabla player. Pt Pradeep Barot had his early training in music under the guidance of his father.

Later on, he learnt Sarod from Shri Vasant Rai – a disciple of Baba Allauddin Khan. Eventually, Pt Pradeep Barot became a disciple of Smt. Annapoornadevi – the highly gifted daughter of Baba and herself a great musician. Pt Pradeep Barot plays true to his Gharana – Maihar Gharana – and has a systematic approach to raag vistaar.

In addition to being a performing musician, Pandit Pradeep Barot works in the Music Department of Films Division, Mumbai as in-house resident musician.

Ustad Zia Mohiuddin Dagar

Today Ustad Zia Mohiuddin Dagar’s name has become synonymous with Rudra Veena. This legendary Dhrupadiya and Beenkar was born into the illustrious Dagar family. He had his training in music – both vocal and instrumental (sitar and veena) – from his father “Dhamarnath” Ustad Ziauddin Dagar who was the court musician of Udaipur. After the early demise of his father, Ustadji continued his pursuit based on his early training. He also started his research on Veena and made many changes to bring the necessary depth, resonance and tonal clarity. Ustadji was responsible for the development of the “Rudra Veena” in its present form. He also revived the instrument to concert platform – the first from the Dagar family to take to Veena playing in public.

He was a very versatile musician being equally adept in other instruments like Sitar, Surbahar and Sursringar. He was also a very good vocalist. He was a master of srutis, and had a very good command over raag alaap.

Ustad Zia Fariduddin Dagar

One of the greatest Dhrupad vocalists ever – Ustad Zia Fariduddin Dagar – belongs to the 19th generation of the Dagar family. He had his initial training in music – vocal, sitar and veena – from his father “Dhamarnath” Ustad Ziauddin Dagar. After the early demise of his father, he continued his training under his elder brother – Ustad Zia Mohiuddin Dagar.

Ustad Zia Fariduddin Dagar has done a lot of research, experiments and work on voice control, timbre, tone etc. He also has an amazing control over srutis, and has brought Dhrupad vocal to a never heard before level of singing. He has also done a lot of research on tanpura. He is also a master of the technique of “Anahata Naad”.

In addition to being a great vocalist, he also has a deep knowledge of Sangeet Shastras and many other instruments like Sitar, Surbahar, Sursringar and Veena.


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