Dagar Brothers (S Nafeesuddin Dagar S Aneesuddin Dagar)
S. NAFEESUDDIN DAGAR & S. ANEESUDDIN DAGAR
The 20th unbroken generation of Dagarvani Dhrupad
Nafeesuddin and Aneesuddin Dagar are today’s Dagar Brothers, as so rightly proclaimed by an ardent follower of Dagarvani Dhrupad, after their first concert at their ancestors’ place in Jaipur, India, in 1999. They represent the 20th generation of the unbroken tradition of the Dagar lineage, the very mightiest in Dhrupad musicianship.
The two brothers are the worthy heirs to Dhrupad the oldest form of Indian Classical music. They are the sons of renowned Dhrupad master Ustad Sayeeduddin Dagar, the youngest of the seven Dagar Brothers, who has been based in Pune for the last 20 years. Born in Delhi, in 1974 and 1975 respectively, the young Dagar Brothers began their initial training under the guidance of their father, Ustad Sayeeduddin Dagar and their illustrious uncles Ustad N. Zariruddin Dagar & Ustad N. Faiyazuddin Dagar, known all over the world as Dagar Brothers. At present they are learning music under the guidance of their illustrious maternal uncle Ustad R. Fahimuddin Dagar as well as with their cousin Faiyaz Wasifuddin Dagar.
The Dagar Family has kept the Dagarvani tradition of Dhrupad vibrantly alive. The form of such antiquity can be traced back to the Prabandh and even to the Sam Veda. It has made its journey into the 21st century only through the efforts of the likes of the Dagars. All the other forms of Indian Classical Music have arisen from Dhrupad. It is essentially meditation or prayer through vocal music.
Dhrupad opens with alap, generally in three parts- Vilambit(Slow tempo), Madhya( medium) & Drut (fast tempo); followed by the composition, which could either be Dhrupad or Dhamar. In Dagarvani, the alap is a refined application of ten types of vocal fundaments called Akar, Gamak, Lehak, Dagar, Dhuran, Muran, Kampit, Andol, Sphurt & Hudak. It is a judicious blend of continuity, Sparkle, Sweep, Leisureness, Depth, Dignity and Sublimity. The overall effect of alap is pervasive peace and sweetness at a more subliminal level then the sensuous.
Among the highlight of their numerous performances in India was the concert preceded by Pundit Bhimsen Joshi presenting a pair of Tanpura to the brothers in a splendid ceremony. The concert and ceremony was widely reported in all newspaper in Pune (Clippings attached) being well attended and applauded.
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Pt. Kanhaiya lal Mishra ji , Padmabhushan Pt. Rajan Mishra ji & Padmabhushan Pt. Sajan Mishra ji
Born in family of renowned legendary classical musicians such as Late Pt. Ramkishan Mishra Ji, Late Pt. Mithu Lal Mishra Ji, Late Pt. Hanuman Prasad Mishra Ji, Late Pt. Gopal Mishra Ji. Shivani grew up in a musical ambience and rich cultural heritage of the historical city of kashi (Varanasi) situated along the banks of the holy River Ganga in India.
Her reverend father, Shri Rajesh Mishra is himself a renowned artist of ‘Tabla’.
Right from her childhood, Shivani started learning music from Late Pt. Durga Prasad Mishra Ji and her grandfather Padmabhushan Pt. Rajan & Sajan Mishra, who belongs to a very famous gharana called ‘Banaras Gharana’. Then she is being trained in Saarangi under the able guidance of Pt. Kanhaiya Lal Mishra.
As a rising artist, Shivani also had the performance in prestigious concert of Ganga Mahotsav, Padma Paraag, Harshotsav (shatshatabdi of Pt. Hanuman Prasad Mishra ji), Viraam Gurukul society, Subeh-e-Benaras, Bundi Maharaj Charitable Society,Taal Yatra,Gritma Sangeet Sandhya,Saptak Sankalp Saptah and Kashi Utsav (kolkata).
I BELONGS TO BANARAS GHARANA MUSICAL FAMILY I AM A FIFTH GENERATION IN MY FAMILY DOING MUSIC I AM B GRADE ARTIST IN ALL INDIA RADIO/ DOORDARSHAN DELHI I COMPLETED MY B.MUS IN MUSIC FROM PRAYG SANGEET SAMITI ALLHABAD I COMPLETE MY B. COM DEGREE FROM ST. XAVIERS COLLEGE KOLKATA