Zia Mohiuddin Dagar
Zia Mohiuddin Dagar
He was trained both in vocals and in the rudra veena, an instrument used by vocalists to practice melodies. The veena was traditionally not played in public, but the young Zia Mohiuddin adopted it as his primary instrument, giving his first recital at age 16. Although he was discouraged by his father from experimenting with the structure of the veena, he nevertheless modified the instrument after his father's death to better equip it for solo performance, transforming it into a larger bass instrument (sometimes called "Dagar veena"): with the help of the instrument house Kanailal & Brother, he enlarged the tumbas (gourds) and dhandhi (hollow neck) to create greater resonance and to allow the notes to sustain longer and so better reproduce the techniques used in dhrupad singing. Because of these modifications, the instrument was too heavy to be held in the standard Northern posture (with one tumba on the left shoulder), so he played instead in the Southern posture, with one tumba on the ground and one on the left knee. He was known particularly for his slow development of ragas, which were typically performed accompanied only by a tanpura and occasionally with pakhawaj, and for his meticulous attention to microtonal inflections. He was very active in the West, associated with the American Society for Eastern Arts in Berkeley, California and was a visiting professor at Wesleyan and at the University of Washington, Seattle. In 1990, Z. M.
Dagar was awarded the Kalidas Samman, one of the most prestigious award of the country by Madhya Pradesh Government. He had also received Sangeet Natak Academy Award, Rajasthan Sangeet Natak Academy award, Maharana Kumbha award and many more. Zia Mohiuddin Dagar died in 1990. Read more on Last.fm. User-contributed text is available under the Creative Commons By-SA License; additional terms may apply..
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