Umakant Gundecha and Ramakant Gundecha, known as the Gundecha Brothers, are Dagarvani dhrupad singers.[1] Together they have been awarded Padma Shri for 2012 in the field of Art - Indian Classical Music - Vocal - Madhya Pradesh.[2]

Gundecha Brothers
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Gundecha Brothers (2012). Left to right: Akhilesh Gundecha (pakhawaj), Ramakant Gundecha, Umakant Gundecha
Background information
OriginUjjain, India
GenresHindustani classical music, Dagar Gharana
Occupation(s)Classical Vocalist
Years active1985 - present
LabelsHMV, Music Today
WebsiteOfficial site

Early life and backgroundEdit

They studied at the local Madhav Music College.[citation needed] Umakant has a post-graduate degree in music and economics and Ramakant in music and commerce.[citation needed]

They moved to Bhopal in 1981, for training under Zia Fariddudin Dagar and his brother Zia Mohiuddin Dagar. These gurus were second cousins of the two major forces in the second half of the 20th Century, two duos known as the senior Dagar Brothers (Nasir Moinuddin & Nasir Aminuddin) and the junior Dagar Brothers (Nasir Zahiruddin & Nasir Faiyazuddin).

CareerEdit

 
Ramakant Gundecha (2012)

After training for four years, they performed in public for the first time in May 1985, at the Uttaradhikar dance and music festival in Bhopal. They have worked to expand the dhrupad repertoire by incorporating texts by Hindi poets such as Tulsidas, Padmakar and Nirala.

The Gundecha Brothers also sing the Dhrupad compositions of India's senior Kathak exponent Mahamahopadhyay Dr. Pandit Puru Dadheech, in particular, his famous Shankar Pralayankar composition.[3]

They have set up a Dhrupad institute outside Bhopal where they teach students from all over the world. They run a music school in the Dhrupad tradition, according to the guru-shishya style of teaching that was prevalent in India for teaching of the arts.[citation needed]

Recordings and fellowshipsEdit

 
Umakant Gundecha (2012). Ramakant Gundecha in background.

They have recorded many cassettes and CDs by H.M.V, Music Today, Rhythm House, IPPNW Concerts Berlin, Navras and Audio Rec London. They have also sung for many television channels in India and have been broadcast on British, U.S., German and French Radio as well. As well as being an integral part of all of India's prestigious music festivals, the Brothers have also performed at many important international music festivals and institutions in Europe, U.S.A, Australia, Singapore, Bangladesh, U.A.E and Hong Kong.

They have received M.P. Govt. Scholarship from 1981 to 1985, National Fellowship from 1987 to 89, Ustad Allauddin Khan Fellowship in 1993, Sanskriti Award in 1994 and Kumar Gandharva Award in 1998 by Govt. of Madhaya Pradesh and Dagar Gharana Award by Mewar Foundation in 2001.[citation needed]

AwardsEdit

  • NATIONAL FELLOWSHIP 1987–89
  • USTAD ALLAUDDIN KHAN FELLOWSHIP 1993
  • SANSKRITI AWARD 1994
  • KUMAR GANDHARVA AWARD BY GOVERNMENT OF MADHYA PRADESH 1998
  • DAGAR GHARANA AWARD BY MEWAR FOUNDATION 2001
  • RAJAT KAMAL—NATIONAL FILM AWARD FOR BEST MUSIC DIRECTION 2006
  • PUTTARAJ GAWAI AWARD FROM PUTTARAJ GAWAI PRATISHTHAN, DHARWAD 2010
  • PADMA SHRI BY GOVERNMENT OF INDIA 2012
  • SPANDAN SAMMAAN 2016
  • SHRIMATI VATSALA JOSHI SAMMAN 2016
  • LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD BY UNION BANK 2017
  • MADHYA PRADESH GAURAV SAMMAN 2017
  • SANGEET NATAK AKADEMI AWARD 2017
  • SWATI TIRUNAL SAMMAN 2018

DiscographyEdit

Rhythm House(MCs):

  • Vol. 1, Raag- Bhimpalasi, Gurjari Todi, Malkauns
  • Vol. 2, Raag- Bihag, Madhumad Sarang, Sohni

Music Today (MCs and CDs)

  • Bhaktimala / Rama - Vol. 1
  • Bhaktimala/ Shiva - Vol. 1
  • Bhaktimala/ Hanumana - Vol. 2
  • Bhaktimala/ Ganesh - Vol. 1
  • Young Masters -Vol.1
  • Raga - Shyam Kalyan and Jaijaiwanti

HMV (MCs and CDs) Naad Sugandh

  • Vol. 1, Raga - Bhupali, Puriya Dhanashri, Shankara
  • Vol. 2, Raga- Jounpuri, Megh, Komal Rishabh Asawari

Raga – Bihag, Night Melody- Raga IPPNW – CONCERTS, Germany –1995

  • Raga- Darbari, Audio Rec - UK -1998
  • Navras- UK (CD) - Raag- Yaman and Charukeshi
  • Isha Music - Durga Kavach
  • Raga- Komal Rishabh Asawari – Dhrupad Vocal, Sundaram Records- 2003
  • DARSHAN

Raga - Komal Rishabh Asawari Sense world Music, UK - 2003

  • Raga- Bhairava – Dhrupad Vocal, Sundaram Records- 2003
  • Dhrupad- Live of 19th Tokyo Summer Festival
  • Arion Edo Foundation and Intoxicate Records
  • DVD – Raga- Miyan Malhar, Megh, Shivaranjani,
  • Malkouns, Adana
  • Manthan- Lecture Demonstration on Dhrupad
  • SPIC MACAY COMMUNICATIONS-2005
  • Raga- Miyan Malhar– Dhrupad Vocal
  • Raga Bageshri
  • Raga Bilaskhani Todi
  • Sundaram Records- 2004
  • Sacred Chants of Jainism: Bhaktamar Stotra - 2006

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Karnataka / Bidar News : A Dhrupad evening An evening for Dhrupad". The Hindu. 16 December 2005. Retrieved 20 February 2012.
  2. ^ "Padma Awards". pib. 27 January 2013. Retrieved 27 January 2013.
  3. ^ http://www.afternoondc.in/culture/sunil-performs-the-naayak-in-kathak/article_235028

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