Ustad Zia Fariduddin 1932-2013

Posted 2013-05-09

Some words from his shishya Pandit Uday Bhawalkar:

“I feel blessed that Ustad Zia Fariduddin Dagar was my guru. I lived with him at his home for over 12 years. A myriad of life experiences and memories flash through as I attempt to reconcile his loss. I first met him at the age of 15 in Dhrupad Kendra as a first batch student and since then have been learning from him. He was an extraordinary person, he always encouraged in me a willingness to pursue the depth of music. He used to wake us up at 4am in the morning and would teach us for many hrs of the day. His command on Swars and Shrutis, creating amazing patterns in fast tempo-ed Alalp (Jhala), Gamakas, Meends, and pronunciation of Alap syllables were incredible. He was a very innocent chlid-like person and used to create quite funny and jolly atmosphere around his disciples. I never heard the Gandhar and Dhaivat of Darbari, Both Nishads in Miya Malhar, amazing Jayjaywanti, Bihag from any other musician. His way of singing Shrutis was almost impossible to reach.He developed many “shishyas” and Dhrupad music will live longer for generations to come due to the teachings of both our Ustads: Ustad Zia Mohiuddin Dagar (1929-1990), the rudra veena maestro and Ustad Zia Fariduddin Dagar (1932-2013). Both brothers have done the greatest work in dhrupad, which this world is realizing and will be realizing for coming many decades. May God grant eternal peace to the great soul.”

You will find two exquisite recordings with the brothers on our label. The evening Raag Malkauns was recorded on february 4, 1968 and the following morning the two brothers recorded Ragini Miyan ki Todi, a morning raga.