Vocal (Dhrupad) by
Gundecha Brothers with
Gundecha - Pakhawaj
Sunday, April 27, 2008,
College of St. Catherine, St.
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About the Artistes:
Umakant and Ramakant Gundecha are
two of India's
exponents of the Dhrupad style of music. Born in Ujjain
in Central India, both were initiated
music by their parents. The Gundecha
Brothers received conventional university education and
learned the art of Dhrupad singing under the renowned Dhrupad vocalist Ustad Zia Fariduddin Dagar
as well as from Ustad
Zia Mohiuddin Dagar (the distinguished performer of Rudraveena)
at the Dhrupad Kendra in Bhopal.
Ramakant have sung the great works
of Hindi poets, Tulsidas, Kabir, Padmakar and Nirala in Dhrupad style.
have released many recordings through H.M.V, Music Today, Rhythm House,
Senseworld Music, Sundaram Records, IPPNW Concerts Berlin, Navras
and Audio Rec London. The brothers
have performed at many important international music festivals and
all over the world. They have been featured on Indian TV, and have been
broadcast on British, U.S.,
German and French, Japan
and Australian Radio as well. The Gundecha brothers have been awarded
scholarships and titles, including a scholarship from the Govt of
Pradesh from 1981 to 1985, a National Fellowship from 1987 to 1989, the
Ustad Allauddin Khan Fellowship in 1993, Sanskriti Award in 1994, Kumar
Gandharva Award in 1998 and the Dagar Gharana
Award by the Mewar
Foundation in 2001.
Akhilesh Gundecha has learned
from Pandit Shrikant Mishra and Raja
Chhatrapati Singh JuDeo. He has accompanied many of the Dhrupad
including Ustad Z.F. Dagar, Ustad
Fahimuddin Dagar, Pt. Siyaram Tiwari, Shrimati
Asgari Bai, Dr. Ritwik Sanyal and Bahauddin Dagar. He has
also given solo recitals in the Tansen Festival in Gwalior,
Haridas Sangeet Samaroh in Mumbai, the Dhrupad Samaroh in Bhopal and many
other festivals. He has received
scholarships from the Ustad Allauddin Khan Sangeet
and from the Govt. of India. Akhilesh has performed in Germany, Switzerland,
and is regularly featured on Radio and Television. He holds a Master’s
in music and a Graduate degree in Law.
is located just behind the O’Shaughnessy Auditorium in
the campus of the College of Saint
Catherine (2004 Randolph Ave, Saint Paul, MN 55105). The Recital Hall is Building 24 in the campus map (see
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Cleveland and Fairview and is nearest to the intersection of Randolph
and Prior Avenues. The Recital Hall is located right behind the better
known O'Shaughnessy auditorium. Parking is free after hours and on
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and IMSOM Members and Donors. This concert is co-sponsored by KFAI
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