13. Dhrupad Web Links

Information on Dhrupad and related aspects of the music of the Mughal era may be found using the advanced features of such Web search engines as www.google.com and entering the appropriate words or names or combination thereof. New information is being posted constantly, and diligent searching can result in the discovery of a wealth of information.

In addition to the various Web sites noted below, an online Usenet newsgroup (with all the positive and negative aspects of open newsgroups) is rec.music.indian.classical, which deals with various aspects of the music of the Indian subcontinent and sometimes carries announcements of events, including performances of Dhrupad.

This newsgroup may be accessed through your Internet browser, or through groups.google.com/groups?hl=en&group=rec.music.indian.classical

Advanced searches of this and other newsgroups may be conducted through groups.google.com/advanced_group_search

A useful general Web site on Dhrupad, with information on Ustad Asad Ali Khan (Ustad is the Urdu honorific title given to distinguished Muslim musicians), as well as the leading Dhrupad vocalists:

The Web site of the late Ustad Zia Mohiuddin Dagar (performer on the rudra vina), his younger brother Ustad Zia Fariduddin Dagar (vocal), and Zia Mohiuddin Dagar's son, Bahauddin Dagar (rudra vina):

Two similar Web sites of Wasifuddin Dagar (vocal), son of the late Ustad Faiyazuddin Dagar (vocal), and nephew of the late Ustad Zahiruddin Dagar (vocal), the brother of Faiyazuddin Dagar (the two brothers were known as the Younger Dagar Brothers):

The Web site of the Gundecha Brothers, senior disciples of the late Ustad Zia Mohiuddin Dagar and Ustad Zia Fariduddin Dagar:

The Web site of the Mallik family, another prominent Dhrupad lineage

In addition, two recording companies, Raga and Makar, have useful Web sites with information on the Dhrupad tradition and on Dhrupad performers available on their labels:

An excellent U.S.-based Web site for purchasing books published from India:

Web sites for individual CD labels or distributors:

General Web sites for CD purchase:

For more information on the performers on this Mughal Gardens Web site, including photographs, go to: www.surbahar.com, which in future will include additional information on the Dhrupad tradition, updated discographies, information on Dhrupad performances, and further links to relevant Websites.

-- Brian Q. Silver

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