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Gundecha Brothers

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Gundecha Brothers
OriginUjjain, India
GenresHindustani classical music, Dagar Gharana
Occupation(s)Classical Vocalist
Years active1985 - present
LabelsHMV, Music Today
WebsiteOfficial site

Umakant Gundecha and Ramakant Gundecha, known as the Gundecha Brothers, are leading Dagarvani dhrupad singers.[1] They always sing together.

Early life and background[edit]

Gundecha Brothers were born in Ujjain into a Jain family.

They studied at the local Madhav Music College. Umakant has a post-graduate degree in music and economics and Ramakant in music and commerce.

They moved to Bhopal in 1981, for training under dhrupad master, Zia Fariddudin Dagar and his brother Zia Mohiuddin Dagar. These gurus were second cousins of the two major forces in the second half of the 20th Century, two duos known as the senior Dagar Brothers (Nasir Moinuddin & Nasir Aminuddin) and the junior Dagar Brothers (Nasir Zahiruddin & Nasir Faiyazuddin).


After training for four years, they performed in public for the first time in May 1985, at the Uttaradhikar dance and music festival in Bhopal.

Umakant and Ramakant have good voices with strong lower registers. They have worked to expand the dhrupad repertoire by incorporating texts by Hindi poets such as Tulsidas, Padmakar and Nirala.

They have set up a dhrupad institute outside Bhopal where they teach students from all over the world. They are probably the most recorded dhrupad singers.[2]

They run a music school in the Dhrupad tradition, according to the guru-shishya style of teaching that was prevalent in India for teaching of the arts.

The Gundecha Brothers have come to be regarded as a third force on par with the senior and junior Dagars.

Recordings and Fellowships[edit]

They have recorded many cassettes and CDs by H.M.V, Music Today, Rhythm House, IPPNW Concerts Berlin, Navras and Audio Rec London. They have also sung for many television channels in India and have been broadcasted on British, U.S., German and French Radio as well. As well as being an integral part of all of India's prestigious music festivals, the Brothers have also performed at many important international music festivals and institutions in Europe, U.S.A, Australia, Singapore, Bangladesh, U.A.E and Hongkong.

They have received M.P. Govt. Scholarship from 1981 to 1985, 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 Madhaya Pradesh and Dagar Gharana Award by Mewar Foundation in 2001.


Rhythm House(MCs):

  • Vol. 1, Raag- Bhimpalasi, Gurjari Todi, Malkauns
  • Vol. 2, Raag- Bihag, Madhumad Sarang, Sohni

Music Today (MCs and CDs)

  • Bhaktimala / Rama - Vol. 1
  • Bhaktimala/ Shiva - Vol. 1
  • Bhaktimala/ Hanumana - Vol. 2
  • Bhaktimala/ Ganesh - Vol. 1
  • Young Masters -Vol.1
  • Raga - Shyam Kalyan and Jaijaiwanti

HMV (MCs and CDs) Naad Sugandh

  • Vol. 1, Raga - Bhupali, Puriya Dhanashri, Shankara
  • Vol. 2, Raga- Jounpuri, Megh, Komal Rishabh Asawari

Raga – Bihag , Night Melody- Raga IPPNW – CONCERTS , Germany –1995

  • Raga- Darbari, Audio Rec - UK -1998
  • Navras- UK (CD) - Raag- Yaman and Charukeshi
  • Isha Music - Durga Kavach
  • Raga- Komal Rishabh Asawari – Dhrupad Vocal, Sundaram Records- 2003

Raga - Komal Rishabh Asawari Sense world Music, UK - 2003

  • Raga- Bhairava – Dhrupad Vocal, Sundaram Records- 2003
  • Dhrupad- Live of 19th Tokyo Summer Festival
  • Arion Edo Foundation and Intoxicate Records
  • DVD – Raga- Miyan Malhar, Megh, Shivaranjani,
  • Malkouns, Adana
  • Manthan- Lecture Demonstration on Dhrupad
  • Raga- Miyan Malhar– Dhrupad Vocal
  • Raga Bageshri
  • Raga Bilaskhani Todi
  • Sundaram Records- 2004


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