and Ramakant Gundecha
, known as the Gundecha Brothers
, are leading Dagarvani dhrupad
singers. They always sing together.
Early life and background
Gundecha Brothers were born in Ujjain
into a Jain
They studied at the local Madhav Music College. Umakant has a post-graduate degree in music and economics and Ramakant in music and commerce.
They moved to Bhopal
in 1981, for training under dhrupad master, 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).
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.
Umakant and Ramakant have good voices with strong lower registers. They have worked to expand the dhrupad repertoire by incorporating texts by Hindi
poets such as Tulsidas
They have set up a dhrupad institute outside Bhopal where they teach students from all over the world. They are probably the most recorded dhrupad singers.
They run a music school in the Dhrupad tradition, according to the guru-shishya
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