UW Ethnomusicology Archives session recordings: Z.M. Dagar / Rudra Vina, 1975-05-31  PDF

Overview of the Collection

Creator
University of Washington Ethnomusicology Archives
Title
UW Ethnomusicology Archives session recordings: Z.M. Dagar / Rudra Vina
Dates
1975-05-31
Quantity
1 items  :  2001-23.1 EC - 1 vct (VHS); 2001-23.2 EC - 1 vct (Betacam SP); 2001-23.1 WD - 1 DVD; Duration: 00:11:00
Collection Number
2001023
Summary
Copy of the session recordings of Z.M Dagar, recorded and filmed on May 31, 1975 at the University of Washington.
Repository
University of Washington Ethnomusicology Archives
University of Washington
Ethnomusicology Archives
Box 353450
Seattle, WA
98195-3450
Telephone: 206-543-0974
ethnoarc@uw.edu
Access Restrictions

Access is restricted.

Languages
English


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: Preparations; Todi.

Copy of original 16mm color film footage produced by the UW Ethnomusicology Archives; for audio original see tape AW1 N. India/75-25.2.

Poor picture quality - dark throughout.

Related collection: 2001-24.1-2 (VHS and Betacam SP copies of Z. M. Dagar footage on S-103, S-104, S-105 with soundtrack).

Film master transferred to VHS (2001-23.1) and Betacam SP (2001-23.2) by Alpha Video 9/2001; VHS copy digitized 3/2015 and DVD Work Disc produced (files saved - 2001-23.1.mov, 2001-23.1.img)

Documentation: Film log

Administrative InformationReturn to Top


Detailed Description of the CollectionReturn to Top

Description Dates
2001023-0001
1 videotape : VCT; Tracks: 1
1975-05-31

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)