Umakant and Ramakant Gundecha

The Gundecha Brothers are leading exponents of the Dhrupad style of music. They are among the most active young performers of Dhrupad in Indian and International circuits. Born in Ujjain in Central India, both were initiated into music by their parents.

Gundecha Brothers received conventional university education and learned the Dhrupad vocal art under the renowned Dhrupad vocalist Ustad Zia Fariduddin Dagar and also with Ustad Zia Mohiuddin Dagar (the distinguished performer of Rudra Veena) in Dhrupad Kendra, Bhopal.

They have recorded more than 25 CDs and cassettes for many Indian and International recording companies. The Gundecha Brothers have sung great Hindi poetry by Tulsidas, Kabir, Padmakar, Nirala etc. in Dhrupad style and have also composed music for several documentaries. They have been broadcasted on British, U.S., German, French and Japan Radio. As well as being an integral part of all of India's prestigious music festivals, the Brothers have also performed and conducted workshops at many important International music festivals and institutions in about 20 countries.

They have received National Fellowship from 1987 to 89, Ustad Allauddin Khan Fellowship in 1993, Sanskriti Award in 1994 and Kumar Gandharva Award in 1998 by Govt. of Madhya Pradesh and Dagar Gharana Award by Mewar Foundation in 2001.

At present the Brothers are teaching in Dhrupad Sansthan Bhopal in Guru Shishya Parampara which they have established.

 Akhilesh Gundecha has learnt Pakhawaj from Pandit Shrikant Mishra and Raja Chhatrapati Singh JuDeo. He is a post graduate in music and a graduate in Law. Has also got a scholarship from Ustad Allauddin Khan Sangeet Academy, Bhopal and Govt.of India. Has accompanied many of the Dhrupad Maestros like - Ustad Z.F. Dagar, Ustad Fahimuddin Dagar, Pt. Siyaram Tiwari etc. He has also played solo recitals in Tansen Festival - Gwalior, Haridas Sangeet Samaroh Mumbai, Dhrupad Samaroh Bhopal and many other festivals. He has toured Europe, U.S.A, Canada, Australia, Japan, Singapore, Bangladesh, U.A.E and Hongkong. Is regularly featured on Radio and Television.



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