Pune: Legendary Dhrupad singer Ustad Sayeeduddin Dagar passed away at a city-based private hospital on Monday following a brief illness. Dagar, 78, is survived by his wife, two sons and their families. His last rites will be performed in Jaipur on Tuesday.
Born in Alwar on April 20, 1939, the renowned classical vocalist hailed from a family, whose name is synonymous with Dhrupad, a genre of Hindustani classical music. He moved to Pune in 1985. Dagar’s disciple Pournima Kulkarni recalled her memories with her Guru saying, “I have been learning music from Ustadji since he moved to Pune in 1986.”
“I have travelled with him extensively to accompany him in several concerts. He always said that unless your music is expressive, it won’t reach the hearts of the audience,” added Kulkarni.
She also said that in his last days, despite a poor health, he never stopped his riyaz, and continued to sing along with his disciples.
Dagar represented the 19th generation of the renowned family of Dhrupad music, propagated by Behram Khan Dagar of Jaipur. His father, Ustad Hussainuddin Khan Dagar, was his first guru, from whom he started learning at the age of six. Dagar also studied music under the tutelage of his uncles and brothers. He performed at some of the most prestigious platforms in India and abroad.
Vocalist Pandit Ulhas Kashalkar said, “Dagar learnt a lot from his father and he spread the knowledge that he received. His demise is very shocking especially in a time when we have very few Dhrupad singers.”
Dagar’s two sons - Nafeesuddin and Aneesuddin - who represent the 20th generation of the Dagar lineage, are taking the Dhrupad tradition ahead. (With inputs from PTI)