In which we explore the cyclical nature of the universe, the philosophy of "in tune" versus "out of tune," and feeling the vibrations in your body, by way of illuminating the ancient art of Hindustani classical music in the modern day.
* First off, the Gundecha brothers' website at dhrupad.org will set you up on the right path. It includes everything from sound files and lectures to essays on philosophy.
* Listen to all the pieces played on the show in their entirety over at the official ERER004 Youtube playlist! (With the exception of the track from the Dhrupad Mala album, unavailable on Youtube, for which I've substituted another presentation of the same raga.)
* Here's a bit more on the concepts of pitches and notes in Indian classical music if you want to fall down a really good Wikipedia hole.
* Watch Ramakant Gundecha: When you are there you are not there, a full-length documentary (that is a free streaming link) about the Gundechas and dhrupad.
* To hear more of Brian James's 2018 interview with Ramakant Gundecha, check out episode 1 of his Medicine Path podcast.
* There really is no substitute for sitting in a room with musicians making this music live. Dhrupad Days is an annual series of dhrupad events which started in Seattle in 2013 and has since expanded worldwide.
* And if you want to pursue understanding of yourself and the universe, Zain recommends a visit to the Gundechas' school in Bhopal: "there's everyone there from very serious students that have been there for years, to backpackers that are mildly interested in music, to westerners or easterners who have fallen in love with the music, to people who are interested in yoga and just end up there. It's a magical place. Everyone is welcome there, which is quite unique in a classical tradition that generally takes itself very seriously. Not everybody will just allow anyone to come and learn for three days - or three months or three years. They are the most gracious teachers I have ever seen. If the music touches you at all, that's THE place to go."
Ramakant and Umakant Gundecha, of course
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