Popular dhrupad vocalist Ustad Zia Fariduddin Dagar has died after a brief illness. He was 80.
Zia Fariduddin Dagar passed away yesterday at his Gurukul near Panvel,
family sources said.
Son of the illustrious Dhrupadiya Ustad Ziauddin
Dagar, Zia along with his brother, the late Ustad
Zia Mohiuddin Dagar (legendary Rudra Veena player), played a
major role in the revival of dhrupad tradition.
Zia was born in Udaipur, Rajasthan on June 15, 1932,
where his father was the court musician of Maharana Bhupal
Singh of Udaipur. He was taught dhrupad vocal and veena by his
After his father's demise, Zia continued learning under
his elder brother.
He performed in many major festivals in India and abroad.
The musician was honoured with many awards in his illustrious
career including the Sangeet Natak Academy Fellowship, Tagore
Ratna Award and Tansen Samman among others.
Zia leaves behind a rich and vibrant tradition carried on
by his students which include his nephew and Rudra Veena
player Bahauddin Dagar, the Gundecha brothers, Uday Bhawalkar,
Pushparaj Koshti, Ritwik Sanyal, Nirmalya Dey and many more.