Pratahswar a monthly morning concert series of Indian Classical Music, features youngsters and seniors and is presented every month from October to May each year. It is organized in association with Pu. La. Deshpande Maharashtra Kala Academy and sponsored by Tata Capital.
This month Pratahswar will feature legendary Rudra Veena maestro Baha’ud-din Dagar. Noted Pakhawaj player Sanjay Agle, will be accompanying him at the concert. Rudra Veena is an instrument that is rarely heard on the concert stage these days although barely two centuries ago it was regarded as the king of all instruments.
Baha’ud-din Dagar, son of the legendary Rudra Veena maestro Ustad Zia Mohiuddin Dagar, belongs to the 20th generation of the Dagar family. He started his training on the sitar at the age of seven. After three years of initial training he went on to learn the Surbahar and then the Rudra Veena under his father Ustad Zia Mohiuddin Dagar. Since the untimely demise of his father in 1990’s, Baha’ud-din has been responsible for keeping the Dagar Vani style of Dhrupad alive on the Rudra Veena.
Baha’ud-din’s music clearly reflects the training he has received from his father, he has incorporated a personal dimension to the depth and exploration of the raga. The vocal training he has received from his uncle has helped him incorporate the Dhrupad syllables (Te, Ta, Ra, Naa) in the playing of the Rudra Veena. This gives a unique and precise sense of timing in the cutting of phrases while presenting the aalap, jor and the jhala.
Acknowledging his responsibility in taking the Dhrupad tradition to future generations, Baha’ud-din teaches both, vocal and instrumental forms of music to students from different backgrounds in various parts of the country in India and also abroad. He firmly believes that teaching is integral to his own learning and growth as a musician.
Baha’ud-din has performed to various audiences in India and abroad, some of them being The Tansen Samaroahs, Gwalior, the Shankarlal Festival: New Delhi, The Doverlane Festival; Calcutta, Dhrupad Samaroahs in Mumbai, Delhi, The Sangeet Natak Acadamy Fest, Delhi, Saptak: Ahmedabad, Kalidas Samaroah ;Ujjain in India Zeitfluss Fest Austria, Festival Du Fes Morocco, Mozart Bicentenary Celebration: Austria, and for SPIC-MACAY in India, U.S.A and Canada, Darbar Festival, London. His music has been recorded by Music Today [India], Makars, [France]; Ragini Sutra [India], Sense World [London] and India Music archives [USA].
Pratahswar, in the last four years has been graced by talented artistes namely Ashwini Bhide- Deshpande, Satish Vyas, Ajay Pohankar, Pandit Nayan Ghosh, Rahul Deshpande, Rupak Kulkarni, Suhas Vyas, Sanjeev Chimmalgi, Niladri Kumar, Ritesh & Rajneesh Mishra, Devaki Pandit, Aarti Tikekar, Shaunak Abhisheki, Sanjeev Abhyankar, Jayateerth Mevundi, Rupak Kulkarni, Anand Bhate, Nityanand Haldipur, Ravi Chary, Shashwati Mandal and Aliya Rashid to name but a few. Pratahswar is considered as a “Brand Event” in the world of Indian Classical Music having built up a loyal audience of 700 at 6:30 am in the morning.