dhrupad samaroh festival
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Music speaks to the soul and invokes feelings that cannot be conveyed in words. India has a rich musical history, with many rulers acting as patrons. It has produced many prolific composers, skilled instrumentalists, and melodious vocalists. India has an abundance of voices, instruments, compositions, and styles of music. It hosts many music festivals every year, including the Tansen Music Festival and the Dhrupad Samaroh. These music festivals seek to celebrate this coalescence of melodies.
The Dhrupad Samaroh is an ode the ancient Dhrupad style of Hindustani Music. It is a space for talented vocalists to display their mastery of the Dhrupad style and flaunt their compositions and favoured pieces of the Dhrupad style. The Dhrupad Samaroh is held in Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh, every year, and is a venue to behold some of the foremost names in the Indian classical music industry.
The Dhrupad style of Hindustani Music has its origins in the Vedas. It is a devotional form of music, and also contains layers of spirality embedded in it. The word ‘dhrupada’ is made from two words- ‘dhruva’ referring to the Pole Star that always has a fixed position, and ‘pada’ meaning poetry. The Dhrupad style comes from the Sama Veda. The Sama Veda, when recited with the aid of Samgana, carries a rhythm and a melodic tune. This led to the rise of vocal styles called ‘Chhanda’ and ‘Prabandha.’ The merging of these two styles subsequently led to the development of the Dhrupad style. So, the Dhrupad style carries the heritage and history of the Vedic times. It was also a renowned form in the Mughal Era, with the exemplary maestro Tansen himself being a learner and performer of the Dhrupad vocal style. The Dhrupad style has stood the test of time with many music aficionados from all over the world gathering at the Dhrupad Samaroh to savour the Dhrupad style of music.
The Dhrupad Samaroh is a prestigious platform, attracting stalwarts of Indian classical music to exhibit their talent during the festival. They perform several compositions in the Dhrupad style of music, moving the audience to different emotions with every performance. The Dhrupad Samaroh is held to remember the rich culture and tradition of the Dhrupad style of Hindustani Music.
The Dhrupad Samaroh is a vocal exhibition that leaves the audience in a state of calmness and contemplation. It invokes a mood and feelings that cannot be described. They can only be felt by the heart. This is exactly what makes the Dhrupad Samaroh one of the most beautiful music exhibitions in the world and makes thousands of people around the globe gather to experience this joy. Therefore, you must spare some time to attend the Dhrupad Samaroh and be a witness to the timeless Dhrupad style of Hindustani Music.
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