Nafeesuddin and Aneesuddin Dagar

Nafeesuddin and Aneesuddin Dagar

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Dhrupad is the oldest and most profound style of Indian classical vocal music. Nafeesuddin and Aneesuddin Dagar represents the 20th generation of dedicated dhrupad singers in the famous Dagar family.

Biography

Short bio:
Nafeesuddin & Aneesuddin Dagar represents the 20th generation in the unbroken chain of the Dagarvani dhrupad vocal tradition, the oldest form of Indian classical music. They are the sons of renowned Dhrupad master Ustad Sayeeduddin Dagar. Born in Delhi, in 1973 and 1974 respectively, the young Dagar Brothers began their initial training under the guidance of their father and their illustrious uncles Ustads Zariruddin & Faiyazuddin Dagar, known all over the world as "Dagar Brothers". Since their first concert in 1999, they have been actively promoting Dhrupad in India and abroad, giving many concert and workshops in India, Bangladesh, Germany, Holland, Belgium and France.

Complete bio:
NAFEESUDDIN & ANEESUDDIN DAGAR
Dhrupad was the dominant form of classical vocal music in North India until the eighteen century when Khayal, a lighter, faster and more florid form gained wider acceptance. The Dagar family's contribution to the perpetuation and enrichment of the Dhrupad art form, while preserving its original purity, has been so precious, that the family can be said to represent a microcosm of the history of Indian classical music.
Nafeesuddin & Aneesuddin Dagar represents the 20th generation in the unbroken chain of the haloed dhrupad vocal tradition. They are the sons of renowned Dhrupad master Ustad Sayeeduddin Dagar, the youngest of the seven Dagar Brothers, who has been based in Pune for the last 20 years. Born in Delhi, in 1973 and 1974 respectively, the young Dagar Brothers began their initial training under the guidance of their father, Ustad Sayeeduddin Dagar and their illustrious uncles Ustad N. Zariruddin Dagar & Ustad N. Faiyazuddin Dagar, known all over the world as "Dagar Brothers". At present they continue to polish their art under the guidance of their illustrious maternal uncle Ustad R. Fahimuddin Dagar as well as with their famous cousin Faiyaz Wasifuddin Dagar. They are today’s Dagar Brothers, as so rightly proclaimed by an ardent follower of Dagarvani Dhrupad, after their first concert at their ancestors’ place in Jaipur, Rajasthan, in 1999. Since then they have been actively promoting Dhrupad in India and abroad, giving many concert and workshops in India, Bangladesh, Germany, Holland, Belgium and France. Among the highlights of their numerous performances in India was the ceremony led by the great Pandit Bhimsen Joshi presenting the brothers a pair of tanpura as a blessing for their career. For their dedication and singing skills, the brothers received the Suramani Award from Mumbai's Sur Singar Samsad in 2001. And in 2004, they were honoured by Anikumar Mishra "Zunna" gold medal in Varanasi.

PANDIT MOHAN SHYAM SHARMA
Mohan Shyam Sharma is one of the leading pakhavaj master of his generation. He has has held the distinguished classification of an A-grade Artist of All India Radio since 1987, and participated in a variety of prestigious local and national radio and television programs since that time.
His accomplishments include a wide range of accompanying performances with the leading practitioners of vocal and instrumental music in the ancient Dhrupad style. He has appeared widely in performances in Europe, Great Britain, USA, the former Soviet Union, Japan and throughout South Asia. His performances included three appearances with the legendary Pandit Ravi Shankar, including a major concert in New York City at Carnegie Hall.
He regularly accompanies Nafeesuddin & Aneesuddin Dagar since 1999.

See http://www.dhrupadsangeetashram.com/dhrupad.html
to know more about Dhrupad.

Lyrics

"Poojana chali..." - Raga Malkauns, Dhrupad in Chautal

Written By: Anonymous

"Poojana chali Mahadeva
chandra vadanee mriga nayanee
hansa gamanee Parvatee.
Kara liye agra thale
pushpana ke gundhe hara
mukh diye jaraye
devana deva Mahadeva"

Tanslation:
Parvati, whose face is as bright as the moon, whose eyes are as beautiful as those of a deer and whose gait is as graceful as that of a swan, is going to worship Mahadeva, the great God among the Gods.
She is carrying in her hand a large flat dish with incense, the flower garland and the lighted lamp with several wicks for Mahadeva, the great God.

"Shankara girijapati..." - Raga Malkauns, dhrupad in Sultal

Written By: Anonymous

"Shankara girijapati Parvatee pateeshvara gale mund mal mahamaheshvara.
Jata men Ganga trilochan trishuladhara namo kaylashpati pativara bhuvaneshvara."

Translation:
O shiva, you are known as Shankara, a god of welfare, as Girijapati, a spouse of Girija (name of Parvati, as she was the daughter of the reverd mountain) and as Parvati Patishwara, a divine spouse of Parvati. You wear a garland of skulls around your neck and are known as Mahamaheshwara, the greatest among the gods.
The river Ganges resides in your locks and you are known as Trilochana, the three eyed, and as Trishuladhara, the one who carries the trident. I bow to you as Kailashapati, the lord of the mountain Kailasha, andBhuvaneshwara (the lord of the world).

Discography

Although they already have toured extensively in India, S. Nafeesuddin and S. Aneesuddin Dagar have only two releases as sidemen to their father H. Sayeeduddin Dagar in their official discography up to now:

Ustad Sayeeduddin Dagar - India: the art of Dagarbani dhrupad, 2002, Buda records 1984912, 74 min.

Lineage of Dhrupad, 2004, Sense world music SWM CD-057, 60 min.

Recording as leaders not released:

Jugalbandi in Paris - Raga Malkauns, 2005, Buddha Channel (www.buddhachannel.tv), 66 min.

Live in Vézelay - Raga Kamboji, recorded by Christian Michel, 81 min.