With Philippe Bruguière, John Boswell and Tulika Srivastava
Dhrupad is a musical type which appeared at the beginning of the 16th century and is above all a vocal art, inheritor to medieval Indian songs. Although it is today very little represented unlike the days of the court of the first Mughal emperors, it is still considered by musicians as an absolute reference.
Philippe Bruguière, former curator at the Music Museum of the Cité de la musique in Paris, spent several years in India to follow the teaching of rudra vînâ by master Zia Mohiuddin Dagar (1929-1990), then one of the last keepers of this tradition.
John Boswell was introduced to tablas and pakhawaj in 1973 in Benares with the famous Kishan Maharaj and Amarnath Mishra. He has been teaching tablas at the Philharmonie de Paris for many years.
The vînâ or bin like the pakhawaj, are two emblematic instruments of the musical culture of North India.
Tulika Srivastava is an actress and singer trained in the North Indian style at the Bhatkhan School in Lucknow, India. She is also a dancer of the traditional Odissi dance, disciple of Guru Durga Charan Ranbir in Bhubaneshwar in Orissa. For this concert, she highlights her great qualities as a tanpura performer.