Classical Vocal Dhrupad Aalap by Gundecha Brothers Part-1
Dhrupad Aalap by Gundecha Brothers from album 'Dhrupad'. About the album : Dhrupad meaning 'refrain' is the oldest surviving style of music in the Hindustani musical tradition in India. Derived from dhruva-pada, it denotes both a form of poetry and a style of music in which the poetry is sung. Like all styles of Indian classical music, dhrupad is modal, with a single melodic line and no harmonic parts. The modes are called raga, and each raga is a complicated framework of melodic rules. What sets Dhrupad apart from other styles are long elaborate aalaps without any Pakhawaj accompaniment, with a slow and deliberate melodic development, gradually developing an accelerating rhythmic pulse. Apart from obvious differences in the form of the musical presentation, one may notice a wealth of micro-tonal ornamentations that move between or around the tones that are typical for Dhrupad. The composition is sung to the rhythmic accompaniment of a Pakhawaj and not tabla as in Khyal Gayaki. Raga Bhairava : Raga Bhairava is named after Lord Shiva, especially in his powerful form as a naked ascetic with matted locks and body smeared with ashes. Raga Bhairava makes use of Komal Rishabh and Komal Dhaivat. The raga itself is extremely vast and allows a huge number of note combinations and a great range of emotional qualities. This raga is usually performed in a devotional mood in the early morning hours. The vibrations of the notes in Bhairava are said to clear one's whole mind.