UW Ethnomusicology Archives session recordings: Z.M. Dagar / Rudra Vina, 1975-06-05  PDF

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University of Washington Ethnomusicology Archives
UW Ethnomusicology Archives session recordings: Z.M. Dagar / Rudra Vina
1 items  :  2001-24.1 EC - 1 vct (VHS); 2001-24.2 EC - 1 vct (Betacam SP); 2001-24.1 WD - 1 DVD; Duration: 00:26:00
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Copy of the session recordings of Z.M Dagar, recorded and filmed on June 5, 1975 at the University of Washington.
University of Washington Ethnomusicology Archives
University of Washington
Ethnomusicology Archives
Box 353450
Seattle, WA
Telephone: 206-543-0974
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Biographical NoteReturn to Top

Ustad Zia Mohiuddin Dagar was the world's most renowned exponent of India's Rudra veena , the instrumental ancestor of the Sitar. He was also one of the few masters of Dhrupad , the slow, austere, meditative traditional music still performed as it was centuries ago by Dagar forefathers in the Mughal courts. He was born on March 14, 1929, in the town of Udaipur,Rajasthan. He began his training under the tutelage of his father , Ustad Ziauddin Khan Dagar, court musician for the Maharaj of Udaipur. He had performed all over the world and also he was affiliated with the American society of eastern arts in Berkeley, California and taught for many years at the university of Washington in Seattle and Rotterdam Music Conservatory in Holland. In 1990 , Ustad was awarded by Kalidas Samman, one of the most prestigious award of the country , by M.P. Government. He had also received Sangeet Natak Academy Award , Rajasthan Sangeet Natak Academy award, Maharana Kumbha award and many more.

Ustad Zia Mohiuddin Dagar redesigned and innovated the traditional veena. His contribution in improving the sound of Veena is historical. He added more deeper and base sound to the playing of veena. He captured the subtle unique character of each Raga often depends on accentuating the sharp ,flat or very flat qualities of certain notes; and it was the perfect rendering of these subtleties that became a Dagar trademark. In a deliberate and unhurried fashion , he unfolded and revealed each note of the Alap movement , the slow , serene solo exposition of Raga – hypnotically, hauntingly coaxing and stretching the most delicately shaded nuances , the notes between the notes, from the thick bronze strings.

- Dhrupad.org

Content DescriptionReturn to Top

Performers: Z.M. Dagar/rudra vina; ?/tanpura.

Contents: Todi: Alap; Todi: Jor, Jhala; Rag Madhuwanti.

Copy of original 16mm color film footage produced by the UW Ethnomusicology Archives; for audio original see tape AW1 N. India/75-25.1.

Poor recording quality - picture dark throughout; sound warped at start of S-103 (and intermittently)

Related collection: 2001-23.1-2 (VHS and Betacam SP copies of Z. M. Dagar footage on S-102 with soundtrack).

Film master transferred to VHS (2001-24.1) and Betacam SP (2001-24.2) by Alpha Video 9/2001; VHS copy digitized 3/2015 and DVD Work Disc produced (saved files - 2001-24.1.mov, 2001-24.1.img)

Documentation: Film log

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Detailed Description of the CollectionReturn to Top

Description Dates
1 videotape : VCT; Tracks: 2

Names and SubjectsReturn to Top

  • Subject Terms :
  • Classical Music, Hindustani
  • Dhrupad
  • Ethnomusicology
  • Rudra Vina
  • Video recordings in ethnomusicology
  • Geographical Names :
  • Asia
  • India--Asia--South Asia
  • North India
  • Seattle (Wash.)
  • Form or Genre Terms :
  • Video recordings
  • Other Creators :
    • Personal Names :
    • Dagar, Zia Mohiuddin, 1929-1990 (performer)