Vocal Concert by Ustad Wasifuddin Dagar
Artists:Flute: Ustad Wasifuddin Dagar
Date and Time: Saturday, June 7, 2008 at 6:00 pm.
Born on 15 April 1969 at New Delhi, F. Wasifuddin Dagar represents the 20th unbroken generation of dhrupad singers in the Dagar family. He is the nephew of Ud. N. Zahiruddin Dagar and son of Ud. N. Faiyazuddin Dagar; the grandson of both legendary Ud. Nasiruddin Dagar from paternal side and Ud. Hussainuddin Dagar from maternal side. It has been a long tradition in the family to imbibe knowledge from all the elders, irrespective of direct or indirect lineage. They pass on the subtle aspects of the Dagarvani heritage which will make a full-fledged performer. Wasif had the good fortune in his tender age to meet and sit with Padma Bhushan, Ud. Rahimuddin Khan Dagar; his Chacha Saheb, his grandfather's younger brother.
Since the demise of his uncle in 1994, Wasifuddin is carrying on the DAGARVANI tradition in solo - his rendition of dhrupad is a unique blend of his uncle's training, his father's quality of voice and temperament his own personality and his in depth knowledge of the characteristic styles of his elders. Typically in his alaap, he fills every note with space and colour, he travels extensively across three octaves delineating the personality of the raga in all clarity. His powerful gamaks, are fast and sonorous , yet retain the softness and sweetness of the raga. Over the years he developed a liking for numerous subtle variations and musical improvisations on a single phrase bringing out -through modulations in volume and sound application - many diverse shades of meaning.