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DAGAR BROTHERS

 The Dagar family is considered as the torchbearers of the dhrupad style of singing. It claims 20 straight generations of being dhrupad singers and bin players. They consider Swami Haridas to be their original one and the guru. Musical research says that the Dagar Gharana has been in existence for nearly 500 years. The Dagar family had seven performing members and held an annual Dagar Saptak festival in different parts of India. The singing of the Dagar brothers is considered as a meeting point of words and music. The peculiarity of the Dagar brothers is that they always perform as a pair. The first and the famed Dagar brothers were, Nasir Aminuddin Dagar of Calcutta, who used to sing with the late Nasir Moinuddin Dagar. Nasir Faiyyazuddin Dagar (d. 1990) and Nasir Zahiruddin Dagar were sometimes known as the "The Younger Dagar Brothers" to distinguish them from the their elder brothers. Later on, they came to be known in their turn as Dagar Brothers. Nasir Aminuddin Dagar was honoured with the Sangeet Natak Akademi Award in 1985 and Nasir Zahiruddin Dagar was given the same award in 1991.


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