Friday, November 1, 2013

The Meditative Music of Dhrupad Spans the Globe: Duet Vocal Concert -- Friday, November 22 at Meherabode

Concerts at Meherabode is delighted to join the Music Circle in co-producing a special concert featuring two Dhrupad singers (senior students of the celebrated Gundecha Brothers) and a pakhawaj (percussion) accompanist.  Branan Silvius Dubh, Inuoe Sou, and Dnyaneshwar Deshmukh will be making their debut U.S. tour.  The concert will be held at 8:00 PM, Friday, November 22, at Meherabode.

This announcement will be updated with more details very soon.
Below are bio-notes about the artists.
Australian-born Branan Silvius Dubh has studied Dhrupad singing for over 10 years with the Gundecha Brothers (who are both recipients of the coveted Padma Shri Award from the Government of India, and have dedicated their lives to teaching and perpetuating the Dhrupad tradition along with extensive, world-wide concertizing). Acclaimed as one of the finest Western exponents of this rich, sober, and spiritually-elevating style of singing, Branan is a recipient of an Ian Potter Cultural Trust award (an Australian grant for outstanding emerging artists) to further his studies in India   When not continuing his studies in India, he performs in both traditional and innovative contexts, and teaches music mainly from his home in Perth, Western Australia.

Japanese-born Inoue Sou began to study music when he was six years old.  The successor in a family lineage of traditional Shinto flute players, Sou began his study of Indian classical music on bansuri (Indian bamboo flute) in Japan.  Wishing to delve deeper into the mysteries of Alaap [meditative musical improvisation], he travelled to India in 2008 for full-time, 7-days-a-week study of Indian classical vocal music in the ancient Dhrupad style from the Gundecha Brothers at the their unique music school, Dhrupad Sansthan, located at the geographical heart of India in the countryside on the outskirts of the city of Bhopal -- the only traditional Dhrupad gurukul in India, where Sou continues to study.  Prior to coming to India, he trained in traditional Japanese shrine music (Kagura Ongaku) on flute and drums from Makino Saburo.  Sou has been performing in this genre since 1984, and has played in many shrine ceremonies in Japan.  As a soloist, he has performed since 1989 in Japan and other countries around the world.  Before coming to India, Sou studied Hindustani classical music on bansuri (Indian bamboo flute) from Mr. Nakagawa Hiros, a disciple of Pandit Hariprasad Chaurasia, in Kobe, Japan, beginning in 2003.

India-born Dnyaneshwar Deshmukh has been a student of pakhawaj (Indian barrel-drum) for 12 years, and in 2009 began his study on that instrument with Pandit Akhilesh Gundecha at Dhrupad Sansthan in Bhopal.  He has also studied with Panduranga Appa Datar.  Dnyaneshwar has performed all over India in various major concerts and conferences both as a solo artist and as an accompanist.

See Branan's and Sou's YouTube links, or go to for further information.

1 comment:

  1. The concert location is:
    Avatar Meher Baba Center of So. California ("Meherabode")
    1214 S. Van Ness Avenue, Los Angeles, California 90019

    See also: Meherabode Location

    Date: Friday, November 22

    Time: 8:30 PM

    For the US tour itinerary of this trio, see:
    Meditative Music of India Spans the Globe -- 2013 Dhrupad Tour