Ustad Hussain Sayeeduddin Dagar, a classical vocalist and one of the leading exponents of Dhrupad tradition, passed away on 31 July 2017 following a brief illness in Pune. He was 78 and is survived by his wife and two sons.
Known to his admirers as Sayeed Bhai, Sayeeduddin belongs to Dagar family of musicians that is the only one to practice Dhrupad, a form of Hindustani classical vocal music. He is the 19th generation of the family practising this form of music.
With his demise, Sayeeduddin's sons Nafeesuddin and Aneesuddin Dagar will now be the 20th generation of the family to practice Dhrupad.
Dhrupad is a Sanskrit blend of Dhruva (immovable) and Pad (verse). It has its roots in ancient times, it was first mentioned in 3rd Century B.C. in the Natyashastra.
About Ustad Hussain Sayeeduddin Dagar
• Born in Alwar, Rajasthan in 1939, Sayeeduddin started his musical journey at the age of six.
• He learned the Dhrupad music under the guidance of his father Ustad Hussainuddin Khan Dagar in Banaras among other cities.
• After coming to Pune in 1984, he worked to popularise Dhrupad in Maharashtra.
• He was also the President of Dhrupad Society Jaipur and Pune.
• He conducted workshops and interactive lectures on Dhrupad in India and twice a year abroad in Holland, Germany, France and Belgium.
What: Passed away
When: 31 July 2017
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