04 Feb 2016

SPIC MACAY AT DME

WELCOME TO SHRI WASIFUDDIN DAGAR AT DME

An event was organized by the DME-Spic Macay Heritage Club on January 14th, 2016. A vocal musical performance was presented by the Padma Shri Awardee Ustad Wasifuddin Dagar Saheb. He represents the 20th generation of dedicated dhrupad singers in the Dagar family. He is the nephew of Ustad N. Zahiruddin Dagar and son of Ustad N. Faiyazuddin Dagar, the legendary younger “Dagar Brothers.”. The untimely demise of his father in February 1989 paired Wasif with his uncle and teacher Zahiruddin Dagar, who taught him the crucial aspects of jugalbandi (duet) a specialty of the Dagar family. As the “Dagar duo” they toured extensively. Their concerts and music was the subject of the French television documentary “Dagarvani” in 1992. They have also recorded in Switzerland, India, and America with major recording labels. Since the demise of his uncle Ustad N. Zahiruddin Dagar in 1994, Wasif has been carrying on the tradition of Dagarvani solo. His rendition of dhrupad is a unique blend of his uncle’s training, his father’s quality of voice and temperament, and his in-depth knowledge of dhrupad tradition. His innovative alap notes are spacious and colorful, ranging across the three octaves delineating the personality of the raga in great clarity. His gamaks are fast and sonorous yet retain the softness and sweetness of the raga inherent in dhrupad renditions. Over the years, he has developed subtle variations and improvisations by modulation of volume and sound application to present many shades of the same musical phrase. The composite effect of his dhrupad rendition remains traditional, merging techniques and styles of both his teachers. His is very popular with young listeners for his lively lecture demonstrations illustrating old Vedic technicalities through metaphors from daily life.
Wasif performs regularly and extensively on Indian television and radio, at music festivals, and concerts. He performed for the UNESCO in France, and also toured the Netherlands, Belgium, Switzerland, Hungary in 1998, for the United Nations Peace Summit, and the World Festival of Scared Music of the Dalai Lama in 2001.He was awarded PadmaShree in 2010.
He was given a warm welcome at DME by the students and the members of the Senior Management. Following are the members present for the musical event:
a) Dr.Rinku Lamba
b) Pundit Mohan Shyam Sharma
c) Shri Armaan Ali and
d) Shri Barkat Ali Khan
The musical programme was organized at the Nelson Mandela Auditorium. The team was presented with the bouquets by Shri Vipin Sahni Sir, Smt,Kiran Sahni Mam, Honorable Justice Bhanwar Singh Sir, Mrs.Sudesh Kumar Mam, Shri Aman Sahni Sir and Shri Hitesh Ralhan Sir. The students offered their salutations to Goddess Saraswati followed by the lightening of the lamp. Ustad Wasifuddin Dagar Saheb gave a live performance to the entire gathering present in the Auditorium about the vocal music. The aura and mysticism was something experienced by most of the individuals focusing on the vocal presentation by Ustad Saheb. He was honored by Shri Vipin Sahni Sir with a shawl as a mark of respect.