What is Dhrupad
Dhrupad is one of the ancient forms of India Classical Music. It has its origins from Saam Veda and the chanting of ancient sound languages. Its purpose has always been contemplation and meditation through a set of predefined sound practices that a student is supposed to learn by oral tradition in ancient Guru Shishya tradition.
The word Dhrupad is derived from words 'Dhruva' meaning stead fast and 'Pada' meaning poetry. The actual interpretation of the whole tradition can not be done in few words or in few lines as it is a constant evolving process of hundreds of years. The journey from Vedic Music to Dhrupad music is a long journey of few thousand years. And the form that we hear and see today on contemporary stages has already changed a lot comparing to the ancient music. But fortunately there has been a lot of core parts of the ancient tradition in today's Dhrupad because of its strong oral tradition and a very disciplined way of transforming the magic from one generation to another. 'Dhrupad' is not only limited to its musical or grammatical form but it has connection with the philosophy, the 'Darshan' of sound. This is a branch of Sound Meditation (Naad Yoga). This ancient knowledge has been handed down by oral tradition only. Dhrupad is a beautiful language of sound created and developed by the great Sadhakas, the maestros, of each tradition. The disciples decode this abstract language as per their vision and capacity. Certainly 'Dhrupad' is an unmovable truth about understanding the sound as medium of meditation handed down through centuries to the coming generations.
Dhrupad is a branch of devotion and knowledge where a practitioner tries to offer the prayers through Svar (Note), Taal (Rhythm), Pad (Poetry) to express the infinite gratitude towards the universal energy. It is a humble duty of such practitioners to let others feel the same aura of the infinite energy by sharing such secrets of devotion through 'Naad' towards 'Naad Brahma'.