Seminar and Q&A: How old is Dhrupad?

Wednesday, April 13, 2011
Free to course participants. Open to the public at a cost of £3, payable on entry.

Short film on the ‘Art of Dhrupad’  followed by a lecture by Professor Richard Widdess (School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London): ‘How old is Dhrupad?’

The assumption that Indian music, and especially the dhrupad style, is 'old' will be re-examined in this lecture. What is the evidence on which this belief is based? Are the 'origins' of dhrupad to be found in the Vedic period, in mediaeval theoretical texts, in the Mughal court, or in nineteenth-century vocal lineages (gharana)? Or has dhrupad been re-invented in the post-Independence era? Can music be both old and new at the same time?

Richard Widdess is a Professor of Musicology at the Centre of South Asian Studies, SOAS. He focuses on classical and religious music traditions of northern India and Nepal. Prof Widdess teaches aspects of transcription and analysis, historical ethnomusicology, organology, cognition and meaning of music.

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