The late Ustad Zia Mohiuddin Dagar and
his brother Ustad Zia Fariduddin Dagar from the 19th
generation of the Dagar tradition, among the other famous
Ustad Zia Mohiuddin Dagar became famous
for the special sound of his Rudra Vina which he modified
in cooperation with Murari Mohan Adhikari, a instrument
maker from Kalkutta who was one of the last owner of
the famous instrument workshop Kanailal & Brother.
His meditative playing style which reflects his family
tradition was popular especially among a growing western
He used for his Been bigger gourds (Tumbar) and a thicker
tube for the connecting instrument neck (Dhandhi). That
made the use of stronger strings possible which together
with the corresponding fine polish of the Javari produced
the soft and deep sound of the Dagar Vina. Beside the
needful change of the traditional playing posture Ustad
Zia Mohiuddin Dagar also plucked the strings without
the use of any plectrum (mizrab).
Ustad Zia Mohiuddin Dagar, fondly known
as Bade Ustad, built a Gurukul at Palaspe, near Panvel.
Traditionally the teaching of Dhrupad is closely tied
to the ancient system of guru-shishya parampara. The
students lived in the home of their Guru and devoted
themselves to riyaz (practice). The lives of the students
were focused on learning music and the teacher could
supervise them at all times.
Bade Ustad had a deep belief in the oral
tradition of learning and an understanding that music
cannot be learnt through text books only.
The Gurukul continues his mission under
the guidance of his wife Smt. Pramila Dagar, younger
brother Ustad Zia Fariduddin Dagar (Chhote Ustad) and
son Bahauddin Dagar.
The guru-shishya parampara therefore continues. As long
as there is someone to continue this oral tradition,
this Gayaki that is thousands of years old, will never
Ustad Zia Fariduddin Dagar represents
the musical tradition of a family that is believed to
have preserved and nurtured Dhrupad music for the last
20 unbroken generations. He was born in Udaipur, India,
where his father Ustad Ziauddin Khan Dagar was the court
musician fro the Maharajah of Udaipur.
He was taught vocal and instrumental music (veena &
sitar) by his father and later by his elder brother,
Ustad Zia Mohiuddin Dagar.
Ustad is responsible to a great extent for popularising
Dhrupad music by his numerous concerts and workshops.
He has traveled and performed widely in India and abroad.
In recognition of his immense contribution to the classical
music of India, Ustad has been bestowed with many prestigious
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history & musical structure
Svasek at the Dagar Gurukul