Aliya Rasheed is a young visually impaired Dhrupad singer from Lahore, Pakistan. Her captivating voice and innocent charm have been a source of delight to South Asian audiences since her professional debut in 2005. Her music and the story of her musical journey will surely find an appreciative ear abroad as she embarks on her first American tour in June 2011.
Aliya grew up listening to music on the radio and singing sufi devotional songs at home. Impressed by her extraordinary voice and native musical sense, her family encouraged her musical pursuits as a young adult. She started learning music at the Sanjan Nagar Institute of Philosophy and Arts in Lahore, established by the renowned attorney and musicologist, Mr. Raza Kazim. Then, in DATE, Aliya was offered the chance to take her music to a higher level, when Ms. Shubha Sankaran the noted Surbahar player from Washington, D.C., recommended that Aliya study Dhrupad music under the guidance of Dhrupad Maestros Umakant and Ramakant Gundecha at the Dhrupad Institute in Bhopal, India Mr. Raza Kazim sponsored her studies in India. In 2001, She seized the opportunity and crossed the border to India in order to learn Dhrupad – the oldest and most demanding of Indian classical vocal forms. Following the traditional format of learning (guru-shishya parampara), Aliya left her family and all that was familiar, and took up residence in the home of her teachers in Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh, for a period of several years. Aliya feels honored to be the first female Pakistani Dhrupad artist to undergo formal training in India, and this at a time when Indo-Pakistan relations were hardly easy. Since September 2005, Aliya has been working as a vocal teacher in the musicology department of the National College of the Arts (NCA) in Lahore. She is also teaches music at the Sanjan Nagar School.
Amita Sinha Mahapatra , comes from a music loving family of Bishnupur, west Bengal. She was initiated in to music by her parents and encouraged by them to become a dhrupad singer. She did her masters in music (Hindustani Classical Vocal) from Visva Bharati university, Shanti Niketan, West Bengal and stood first class first . She got her initial training in dhrupad from Shrimati Kaberi kar. Later on she joined the Dhrupad Sansthan Bhopal where she learned the art of
Dhrupad in the Gurushishya Parampara from Umakant Ramakant Gundecha .
Anuja Borude is a very young and most talented pakhawaj player of the country. She is just 20 years.. She learned pakhawaj from Late Pt. Vasant rao Ghorpadkar from pune and last 3 years she is learning pakhawaj from Akhilesh gundecha in Dhrupad sansthan gurukul bhopal. She is a recipient of so many scholorship and she has performed solo in verious city in India. She had accompanied to many dhrupad and veena artist like Jyoti Hegde , Nancy Leah , Gundecha brothers