Dagar Gharana Award
Dhrupad and Dhammar are a very ancient style of gayaki (music scales), which occupies
an important place in the world of Indian classical music. Ustad (maestro)
Ruidas Dagar was the first known exponent of this form of gayaki. He gained
fame and exposure in the courts of the Mughal emperors. His successors
continued to perform and adopted the scales of Dhrupad and Dhammar as their
personal style. This has been the pattern for almost twenty-one generations
of descendants of Ustad Ruidas Dagar. Excellence continues, to this day.
Dhrupad singing is also known as temple music - or music refined enough for the
ear of God. It contains all the "Nav Rasas" or nine scales. The singer,
while expounding his music, gets the audience involved through the ecstasy
of his devotion. His objective is to merge the soul of his audience, with
that of the eternal, lulling the mind towards tranquillity and complete
peace of mind. Distinguished exponents of music maintain that striking
a note in absolute and total perfection creates a feeling of nirvana.
The Dagar family first migrated to Jaipur from Delhi and during the reign of
Maharana Sajjan Singhji made Udaipur their permanent home. They were given
great respect, and provided full patronage to continue their music in the
Court of Mewar. The Dagar family continues their path of excellence in
this chosen field.
The Dagar Gharana Award is a State Award, named after the illustrious House
of Dagar who made Dhrupad and Dhammar gayaki, their personal symbol of
excellence in the field of Indian Classical Music. This award was instituted
to honour musicians for work of permanent value to society through their
achievements in the field of Indian classical music, Rajasthani folk dance
and folk music.
The Annual State Award consists of:
- Cash award of Rs. 10,001/- or two cash awards of Rs. 5001/- each
- A silver "Toran" plaque of honour
- A ceremonial shawl