Dagar Gharana Award - (Instituted in 19981-82)

  • Dhrupad and Dhammar are a very ancient style of Gayaki which occupies an important place in the world of Indian classical music. Ustad Ruidas Dagar was the first known exponent of this form of Gayaki. He was a very famous singer in the court of the Mughal Emperors. His successors continued to perform and adopted the Dhrupad and Dhammar as their personal style of Gayaki and for nearly twenty one generations, descendants of Ustad Ruidas Dagar have continued to excel in this style to this day. 

    This form of music contains all the ’Nav Rasas’ and therefore Dhrupad singing is also known as temple music. The singer while expounding his music enraptures the audience into a state of ecstasy. He manages to carry the soul on its way to merge with the eternal. It is this aspect that creates tranquility and complete peace of mind. A distinguished exponent of music maintains that striking a note, in absolute and total perfection, symbolizes a feeling of Nirvana. 

    Ustad Ruidas Dagar’s family first migrated to Jaipur from Delhi and finally during Maharana Sajjan Singh’s time made Udaipur their permanent home. They were given great respect and provided full patronage to continue their music in the Court of Mewar. Ustad Nasiruddin Khan Dagar, Ustad Ziauddin Khan Dagar, Ustad Nasir Moinuddin Khan Dagar, Ustad Allah Banda Khan Dagar, Ustad Zia Mohiuddin Khan Dagar, Ustad Zakruddin Khan Dagar were some of the descendants of Ustad Ruidas Dagar who excelled in this form of music.

    Dagar Gharana Award is a State Award named after the illustrious House of Dagar who made Dhrupad and Dhammar Gayaki their personal and identifiable symbol of excellence in 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 music.

    This Annual State Awards consists of:

    1.  A Ceremonial Shawl.

    2.  A ’Toran’ plaque of honour. 

    3.  A Citation Certificate.

    4.  Cash Award of  ₹ 51,001 each*.

    * No. of recipients will be decided by the selection committee.

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