Dhrupad week with Meghana Sardar Kenjale, 26th to 30st March

On this occasion we are welcoming MEGHANA SARDAR KENJALE who is learning vocal music under the guidance of Guru Pandit Uday Bhawalkar since 2005. She has been a visiting artist-in-residence for Salisbury University, Maryland, USA since March 2016. She has been awarded the scholarship from The Ministry of Culture (India) and the National Centre for Preforming Arts. She is a Scholar at the ITC Sangeet Research Academy, Kolkata, since 2012. She has performed on Insync television channel in the series ‘India Stage’ and is a graded artist of the All India Radio for Dhrupad. Born in 1987, Meghana undertook her initial music lessons from Smt Sudha Deo, Dr. Mohan Darekar and Dr. Saleel Kulkarni. She completed her Sangeet Alankar (Masters degree in Indian Classical music) in 2007.

Saṅgītarasikā Musical Experiences proposes and together with ESMUC, UPF Music Technology Group and Fundació Tàpies organises different activities you could join to experience and learn dhrupad.


  • 90′ Dhrupad experience for ESMUC students (also open to external students) see ESMUC WEBPAGE for reservation. 26/3, 11am and 3pm

  • Dhrupad evening concert with Meghana Sardar Kenjale and Federico Sanesi. See FUNDACIÓ ANTONI TÀPIES WEBPAGE for tickets. 27/3, 7pm

  • Vocal dhrupad workshop on rāga Bhimpalāsī see below the full info. 30/3, 9:30am to 6:30pm



– The natural voice: voice production techniques and their practice

– Introduction to rāga Bhimpalasī (ascending-descending movements, svaras, paltas)

– Development of Ālāp.

– Development of rhythm; tāla and laya practice.

– Learning a traditional fixed composition –bandiś– settled in rāga Bhimpalāsī 

 This workshop is open to anyone who wants to explore voice and sound, regardless of their technical level and music experience. We will work both, collective and individual

Highly recommended for singers and instrumentalists (not tempered instruments)



The Indian musical system has two central axes; rāga and tāla. The rāgas are melodic modes from which music develops. Each rāga uses a specific set of musical notes and the way these notes relate to each other define the character and essence of each particular rāga. Traditionally, each rāga is associated with a specific time of the day, season or a certain emotion called rasa.

The other main axis and essential element of indian music is its rhythmic system; the tāla. This has evolved over thousands of years and is considered an art form in itself. At its foundations are the concepts of time, space and sound perception. Tāla system gives much attention to the aspects of composition and improvisation, and a broad spectrum of rhythmic, structural and timbral variety.


Dhrupad is one of the oldest genres of Hindustani classical music and is based on natural harmonics. Is one of the most traditional style of Hindustani classical music that has preserved its form to date by successions of masters in the traditional teaching method guru-śiṣya paramparā. Although Dhrupad traces its origin to the text of Sāmveda, it has its proven origins around the 15th century and was closely connected to the vaishnava devotional sect but very soon became the official music of the Hindu and Mughal courts until the 19th century.

This refined music has the power to amaze us by its simplicity and purity. Dhrupad music is an experience of sound and could bring to us feelings of devotion, serenity and introspection.

During the last fifty years the genre had been through an important revitalization thanks to the recent generations of musicians such as the Dagar Brothers, Pt. Vidur Mallick and sons, Zia Mohiuddin, Zia Fariduddin Dagar, R. Sanyal, Gundecha Brothers and Udai Bhawalkar and others that, together with todays generation of young musicians, are going deeper to explore and widen the confines of rāga music, as well as teaching this tradition both in India and around the world. The Dagar lineage gives special emphasis on intonation. Their sound is characterised by long and sustained notes, especially in the first part of the ālāp, which is presented in an extended form. For this part, specific syllables are used at the end of which the fixed poetic composition or bandiś and its rhythmic-melodic variations occur.

Dhrupad singing improves the quality and richness of the voice, helps us to develop musical ear and refines sensitivity. An attentive and regular practice generates harmony and well-being in the body, mind, emotions and environment.

March 30st 9:30am – 6:30pm (1 hour lunch break)

This workshop will be in english with translation into catalan or spanish (only if needed)

100€/ Open free to ESMUC students

ESMUC – Edifici de l’Auditori, Carrer de Padilla, 155, 08013 Barcelona


sangitarasika@gmail.com  +34 653525021 (Eulàlia)

Reservation is 50% of the fee & is nonrefundable


See on youtube Meghana singing rāga Bhimpalāsī


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