North American Dhrupad Association (NADA)

The North American Dhrupad Association (NADA) was formed as a non-profit organization in Los Angeles, by Sunil Dutta, in 1996 for the specific purpose of supporting and disseminating Dhrupad music in India and in the U.S. The main objectives of NADA are:

a) Prepare and maintain an archive of musical recordings, research documents, and relevant data associated with Dhrupad.

b) Organize concerts in which the master artists perform. The concerts will be organized to generate interest in the public for this musical form.

c) Support the master artists in various ways, so that they can focus on their art and transfer knowledge to the students.

d) Support the learners of Dhrupad, so that they can dedicate themselves to learning of this art.

NADA has already instituted scholarships for students of Dhrupad. NADA would like to expand this scholarship to at least five more students. NADA is also engaged in a number of other activities to preserve and propagate the Dhrupad tradition. Among other ideas, NADA is exporing steps that can be taken to keep alive the endangered craftsmanship which goes into making the Rudra Veena. NADA members are volunteers who are truly interested in Dhrupad. Dhrupad maestros such as Ustad Zia Fariduddin Dagar, Ustad Asad Ali Khan, Ritwik Sanyal, F Wasifuddin Dagar, Bahauddin Dagar, Uday Bhawalkar, Gundecha Brothers, Falguni Mitra, Prem Kumar Mallik, and others are members of NADA. The members seek to fulfill the goals of NADA and to promote Dhrupad music.

Tax-deductible contributions can be sent to:

North American Dhrupad Association, PO Box 361, Agoura, CA 91376.

Phone: 818-991-0825, 714-998-1447. Email:


Dhrupad Kendra

40 Nishat Colony, Bhopal 462003 * Phone: (91-755) 55-4189

Dhrupad Society

F-1/379 Asiad Village, New Delhi 110049 * Phone: (91-11) 649-3295, 649-2886

Dhrupad Gurukul, Palaspe Gaon

C/O Bahauddin Dagar, 6/20 Rukmini, RC Marg, Chembur, Bombay 400071

Phone: (91-22) 552-4120

Asad Ali Khan

97 Asiad Place, New Delhi 110049

Dhrupad Gurukul

Vidur Mallik, Sri Chaitanya Prema Samsthana, Vrindavan

DHRUPAD: AN ANCIENT TRADITION. (Introduction to Dhrupad by NADA)
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