The University of Iowa
The University of Iowa News Services Home News Releases UI in the News Subscribe to UI News Contact Us

University of Iowa News Release

April 9, 2004

Concert Of South Indian Classical Vocal Music Will Be April 23 At UI

Kala Mandali, an Indian cultural association at the University of Iowa, will present a concert of Indian classical vocal music featuring the Gundecha brothers, renowned artists from the southern India Dhrupad tradition, at 7 p.m. Friday, April 23, in Shambaugh Auditorium of the UI Main Library.

The concert will be preceded by a free lecture and demonstration by the Gundecha brothers at 1:30 pm. Thursday, April 22, in Room 1027 of the UI Voxman Music Building. Presented as part of the UI course World Music, the discussion is open to the public.

Dhrupad is believed to be one of the oldest existing forms of Indian classical music. The nature of Dhrupad is spiritual, in that its purpose is aradhana, or worship. Dhrupad music seeks not to merely entertain, but to induce deep feelings of peace and contemplation in the listener. The focus is on purity of intonation, sound and the structure of musical themes.

Umakant and Ramakant Gundecha are two of India's leading exponents of the Dhrupad style of music. They received training in Dhrupad music and singing from the renowned Dhrupad vocalist Ustad Zia Fariduddin Dagar, and from Ustad Zia Mohiuddin Dagar, a distinguished performer on the zither-like instrument called Rudra Veena.

Akhilesh Gundecha has studied Pakhawaj since an early age from renowned Indian artists Pandit Shrikant Mishra and Raja Chhatrapati Singh JuDeo.

The Gundecha brothers have performed in all the major music festivals in India and have toured extensively in the United States and Europe. They have won several prestigious awards and have released many CDs.

For more information about the artists and about Dhrupad music, visit their web site at

General admission tickets to the concert by the Gundecha brothers will be $12 at the door (UI students $5), and may also be purchased in advance at Masala and the India Cafe in downtown Iowa City.

The concert by the Gundecha brothers is co-sponsored by the UI South Asian Studies Program, International Programs, and the South Asian Classical Music Fund (donated to the School of Music).

For more information on the concert, call 335-2157, or contact UI Music faculty member T.M. Scruggs at

STORY SOURCE: University of Iowa Arts Center Relations, 300 Plaza Centre One, Suite 351, Iowa City, IA 52242-2500.

MEDIA CONTACT: Peter Alexander, 319-384-0072,