Women in Music – A concert of classical Indian Dhrupad Vocal Music
Presenting an all female Dhrupad Trio
Sun 18 June 7.30pm
THIS EVENT HAS BEEN POSTPONED TO SUN 18 JUNE DUE TO VISA DELAYS FOR INTERNATIONAL ARTISTS
A rare treat to hear the oldest form of Indian vocal music performed by exceptional women singers from India and Pakistan. Anita Sinha & Aliya Rasheed, accompanied by Anuja Borude on the Pakhawaj (drum) present the sublime music of the Dhrupad style of singing.
Dhrupad is one of the oldest forms of compositions in classical Indian music. Its name is derived from the Sanskrit dhruva (immovable, permanent) and pad (verse), a combination that means "pillar". The term denotes both the verse form of the poetry and the style in which it is sung.
A Dhrupad has at least four stanzas, called Sthayi , Antara, Sancari and Abhoga. The first stanza is a melody that uses the middle octave's first tetrachord and the lower octave notes. The second uses the middle octave's second tetrachord and the higher octave notes. The third stanza is the development phase, which holistically builds using parts of the first & second, and it uses melodic material built with all the three octave notes. The final part is the concluding section, that brings the listener back to the starting point, with rhythmic variations, using diminished notes like a gentle goodbye.
Artists Aliya Rasheed and Amita Sinha learnt Dhrupad in Bhopal. On occasion singing together, during one such session their gurus noted how wonderfully the textures of their voices blended and suggested they should explore singing together. Thus began their unique journey – a rare Indo-Pak collaboration that crosses national borders.