The doyen of the Mewati Gharana, Sangeet Martand Pandit Jasrja is one of the foremost vocalists in the Indian classical music scene today. Born into a family that has presented the Indian music world with four generations of outstanding musicians Jasraj carried forward the melodious family musical emotional quality that touches the soul of each listerner. He has been performing and enchanting millions of hearts for over 50 years and has created a very rich and vast treasure of sur and taal.
Ashwini Bhide Deshpande
Amongst the vocalists of the younger generation of the Jaipur Atrauli Tradition of Khayal singing Ashwini bhide Deshpande is an artiste of great Caliber. Born into a family with strong musical traditions she began her classical training at the age of five under the guidance of Pandit Datar. After graduating with a sangeet Visharad from Gandarva Mahavidyalaya she started receiving guidance from her mother Smt. Manik Bhide a great khayal singer herself Ashwini has inherited all that was best in her mother’s style and has been able to add a lot to he repertoire with great sensitively and intellect. Presently she is receiving guidance from Pandit Ratnakar Pai, a veteran of the Jaipur gharana. Systematic exposition of the Raag structure brilliant phrasing variety of taan patterns ease and grace in all of the three octaves make her singing an aesthetically pleasing experience.
Daughter of renowned singer Gangubai Hangal Late Krishna Hangla trained in the Kirana Gharana by her mother and provided glimpses of her prodigious talent early on in her career. Born in Hubli, Karnataka, Krishna Hangal benefited immensely from the grooming that she received from her mother form an early age she used to accompany her mother for concerts. Her naturally sensitive and melodious voice combined with the intense training that she underwent resulted in a distinct individual style fluid in expression and abundant in emotive content.
She was a regular performer for all India Radio and Participated in all important music festivals including prominent one like Tansen Festival Gwalior and Sawai Gandharva Festival Pune She was a recipient of many honours including the Rajyotsava. Award Chandrahas award and Shiromani Award she also received the Karnataka Gaana Kala Tilaka from the Karnataka Sangeet Niritya Academy.
Ustad Zahiruddin & Faiyazuddin Dagar were born in 1933 and 1934 respectively and are the younger sons of Ustad Nasiruddin Khan Dagar. They underwent their musical training under their elder brother the late Ustad N Mohinuddin & Ustad N. Aminuddin Dagar. Through their harmonious singing together they have helped perpetuate the tradition of Jugalbandi in the Dhrupad singing. This has been a unique feature of the Dagar family for generations. The Dagar brothers have dedicated themselves to the preservation of the Dhrupad form which can be traced back to the nineteen unbroken generation in their family. They have been imparting training in Dhrupad to interested students and have inspired the formation of Dhrupad Societies in Jaipur Delhi and Paris all contributing to the renaissance of this ancient art form.
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