Dhrupad Singers of India has been triumphant in preserving the purity and essence of Raga in Indian Music. Dhrupad is the oldest surviving form of Indian Classical Music. It is also primarily a form of worship in which offerings are made to the God through sound or music. The nature of Dhrupad music is spiritual, seeking not to entertain, but to induce feelings of peace and spirituality in the listener.
Dhrupad was initially sung only in the temples, the singer facing the Lord. Later on, it evolved into a refined classical form of music. The tradition of Dhrupad is invariably a major heritage of Indian culture.
Some of the famous Dhrupad singers of India are as follows;
Nayaka Gopala II: Nayaka Gopala II was a Dhrupad singer belonging to the 15th-16th century.
Baiju Bawra: Baiju Bawra was a legendary Indian Dhrupad singer. He was the court musician of Raja Mansingh of Gwalior. He learnt Dhrupad music in Dagurvaani in Vrindavan and was a disciple of Swami Haridas.
Nayaka Baksu: Nayaka Baksu was a famous Dhrupad musician in the time of Raja Man Singh Tomar.
Swami Haridas: Swami Haridas is popularly known as a saint musician of North India. He is exclusively accredited for composing a large number of devotional songs and composing the Dhrupad music, aside from creating new techniques of music. Swami Haridas is apparently the guru of the famous musician, Tansen.
Ustad Nasiruddin Khan Dagar: Ustad Nasiruddin Khan Dagar was a well known Dhrupad singer hailing from an illustrious family of musicians. He was the son of the renowned musician Ustad Alabande Khan and the grandson of Mohammadjan Khan.
Ibrahim Adil Shah II: Ibrahim Adil Shah II, the 5th king of the Bahamani dynasty was a great lover of music, played musical instruments, sang and composed praises of Hindu deities Saraswati and Ganapati.
Siyaram Tiwari: Siyaram Tiwari was an Indian classical singer and a leading exponent of Dhrupad genre of Hindustani classical music. He belonged to the Darbhanga Gharana and was based in Patna.
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