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Dhruva Pada: The great Indian Tradition

Dhruvapada is derived from two Sanskrit words:

  1. Dhruva (Fixed, permanent)
  2. Pada (Song, a line of poem)
during the Medieval Period of Indian history, the political and sociocultural changes led to the gradual extinction of Sanskrit language. The vacuum was filled by a language called Desi or Hindvi. In the mean time, Braj Bhasha was also evolved around the Braj area serrounding Delhi.
The main singing form at that time was composed in Sanskrit language. Thus, after the extinction of Sanskrit, new singing forms had to be evolved. Dhruvapada was one of these singing forms. It is asumed that this singing Style was invented by the Court-singers/scholars of King Mansingh Tomar of Gwaliyar.

A Documentary on Dhruvapad

In around 1983, A Documentary on the subject was presented by the renowned artist Mani Kaul. Click here! to watch the Documentary.
Listen to Example 1 and Example 2 in order to get an idea of this illistrious form of Hindustani music.

For further reading

Indian Music and Miyan Tansen
Dhruvapada In Sikh Tradition!

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