Dhrupad, the Yoga of the voice

For the first time in Madrid, will count with the presence of the Gundecha Brothers, three of the biggest international representatives of the oldest musical tradition in the North of the India: the Dhrupad. They will offer a concert at Replika Teatro Friday, may 29, and a workshop on 30 and 31 May entitled 'The Yoga of voice' in Aushadhi School of Yoga.


Still surviving uncut from its original source, the Dhrupad is the oldest musical style of Hindustani classical music (deel norte de la India): the source, "the Mother Music”. From its origins (that can be crawled in the text millennial) Sāma Veda), the Dhrupad has lived many transformations along the history: of be a practice of chants magic practiced by Yogis, wise mystical resigned and santos, is developed in an entertainment of high culture for them large emperors in the middle ages, and currently is considered a performable musical art appreciated in all over the world, especially by public specialised.

Regardless of its historical developments, the source from which the Dhrupad emerged is the the absolute experience through sound, and its deeper meaning is the overcoming of our identity (both in the case of the interpreter and the listener) ego through the expansion of consciousness through the journey of sound. In sum, the Dhrupad is a Yoga of voice, a sound Yoga.

Aushadhi workshop

With its fascinating and hypnotic musical system based on characteristic scales manners (rāgas) and rhythmic cycles (tālas), the Dhrupad, the way older Hindustani singing (in the North of the India), has recently attracted the interest of many people, precisely at a time when he was at risk of extinction.

Indeed, in recent decades have found great inspiration in the study of the Dhrupad people as varied as practitioners in pursuit of self-knowledge (from Yoga or other traditions), singers and musicians instrumentalists (based on the music of) modal tradition, improvisation, jazz, etc.), actors, percussionists, ethnomusicologists, music lovers in general and in short, anyone interested in moving into the depths of the mystique of the sound. For everyone, this workshop will be of great help and interest; Since It will work both in Group and individually (direct disciple relationship), the workshop is appropriate for anyone, regardless of its technical level and experience (from people without any kind of musical experience to professional musicians).


The program of the workshop will cover:

  • Theoretical teachings about the Rāgas, the Tālas and the voice in the Dhrupad.
  • Meeting of the natural voice: vocal culture in the Dhrupad and practice techniques.
  • I work with the specific needs of each student individually.
  • Meditation on the sound journey.
  • Micro-afinacion in the singing of Rāgas (or in the interpretation instrumental with instruments not temperate).
  • Development of Ālāp in the rāga chosen by each attendee.
  • Rhythmic development: Tāla and Laya, practice presentation of the Pakhavaj, characteristic drum double patch that the rhythmic role in Dhrupad Singing.
  • Bandishes: traditional compositions in different rāgas.

The workshop will be taught in English with interpretation directly to the Castilian.

Schedules Saturday 30 and Sunday 31 May
10:00-11:30 group class
11:30-11:45 break
11:45-14:00 classes
14:00-16:15 food
16:15-17:15 Dhrupad Yoga Nidra
17:15-18:15 group class
18:15-18:30 rest
18:30-20:30 individual lessons

(Times are approximate; by the nature of the teaching, may vary depending on the flow of each session)

Duration: 16 hours

Contribution: €145 (students of Aushadhi) / €160 (external students)

Triodos Bank 1491 0001 2621 4019 5617 Eva left Espeita

Where: Aushadhi School of Yoga. Paseo de las Delicias 47-51 (pedestrian passage) Madrid

Registration: contacto@aushadhiyoga.com

More information: http://www.aushadhiyoga.com/index.php

The Gundecha brothers

In the current world music scene, the Gundecha Brothers they are the most active performers of this ancestral musical genre that we know as Dhrupad. They have done numerous tours, visiting more than 25 countries to the throughout the world and have recorded more than three dozen CDs, published by different national and international labels.

In 2012, Umakant and Ramakant Gundecha, received from the Government of India Padma Shri, one of the highest honorary titles of this country, for his immense contribution to the development and the diffusion of Indian classical music.

Following his profound educational vocation, as well as its commitment to keeping the Dhrupad alive, along with Akhilesh (his younger brother, drummer of pakhāvaj) have created, coordinated and taught in the Dhrupad Sansthan, located in Bhopal (Maddhya Pradesh, India): a unique musical Academy based on the direct ancestral relationship disciple (guru-shishya), with students from more than 20 countries, as well as of course from many parts of the India.

Born in Ujjain, in central India, the brothers were initiated into music by his parents. The three combined University studies with his official studies in music in what in the West would be tantamount to the Conservatory. At the beginning of your score, Umakant and Ramakant joined the dhrupad dāgar lineage, to build a deep relationship of direct learning with their teachers Ustad Zia Fariduddin Dāgar and Ustad Zia Mohiuddin Dāgar in the Dhrupad Kendra of Bhopal. Akilesh, meanwhile, studied the art of the pakhāvaj with the prominent percussionists Pandit Shrikant Mishra and Raja Chhatrapati Singh Judeo; In addition to his brothers, has accompanied nearly all the great singers and instrumentalists of Dhrupad in India.

The Gundecha brothers have a wide impact media, and appear regularly on radios and televisions of the Indian subcontinent. He is considered by audiences and critics that they are among the most prominent exponents of Dhrupad of all time. They regularly travel the world performing and teaching this form of music.

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