The Guru

Usdad Zia Mohiuddin Dagar

Guru Ustad Zia Mohiuddin Dagar

Ritwik Sanyal resonates and relives in Ustadji's musical wisdom every moment. Ustadji was a complete musician, symbolizing the value of a 'Vainika", a Beenkaar par excellence and a 'Sushaarira', the one endowed with a gifted voice as propounded by Sharangadeva in the Sangeet Ratnaakara.


Ustadji not only reconfirmed the peculiarities of the Dagar tradition of dhrupad but also reassuring the value of rudra beena playing by several years of painstaking research into the microtonality and aesthetics of Raga and delving deep into the underlying unity of the voice and veena....


His years of taalim with Ustadji, was what he feels now a swimming in an ocean of sound, vast unending and yet most beautiful, all in tranquility and exuding shanta rasa.


An ideal teacher, Ustadji's well defined raagdaari that he built up with ease and perfection carries life long wisdom of alap and dhrupad that values music and life as a whole.


For Ustadji, Dhrupad is not restricting music to only Banis and Geetis but going beyond that as a complete musical system of lifelong rigorous practice (sadhana way) in realizing both the existential and the essential, to live and to be in the unending journey to realize the eternal sound (nada) for nourishing the soul.


An epitome of Dhrupad for all....... 



।। जय ध्रुवपद।। 

गुरुवर मोहिउद्दीन नित हृदि झंकार -पंडित ऋत्विक सान्याल

Dhrupad dedicated and composed on Ustad Zia Mohiuddin Dagar by Pandit Ritwik Sanyal.  This video was recorded on the occasion of 89th birth Anniversary of Ustadji Zia Mohiuddin Dagar.  


Pandit Ritwik Sanyal is singing and teaching this bandish to his desciples.  



Dhrupad Lyrics:  

गुरुवर मोहिउद्दीन नित हृदि झंकार 

गुनि गंधर्व गान उत्तम बीनकार 

ध्रुवपद आकार श्रुतिज्ञान साकार 

रसिक ध्यान में शान्त रस ओंकार  


~Pandit Ritwik Sanyal 'Shrutigyan'  


This is a Sooltal (10 beats) composition in Raag Vardhani