NASIR AMINUDDIN DAGAR
Ustad Nasir Aminuddin Dagar (Indore, India 1923-Kolkata, India 2000) was an Indian dhrupad singer in the dagar-vani style. He is also remembered as the younger brother in the legendary jugalbandi or duo of Senior Dagar Brothers. He along with his elder brother Ustad Nasir Moinuddin Dagar was responsible in reviving the dhrupad tradition that had fallen to a nadir after the death of their father Ustad Nasiruddin Khan Dagar. Ustad Nasiruddin Khan had an early premonition of his own death and spend ten years training his two elder sons Moinuddin and Aminuddin so as to impart all his musical knowledge to them. Subsequently after Ustad Nasiruddin Khan’s demise the two brothers trained under Ustad Riyazuddin Khan and Ustad Ziauddin Khan Dagar.
The next phase of Aminuddin’s life unfolded in Kolkata where he came in January 1966 as the founder principal of Birla Academy Swar Sangam. In 1975 he founded his own Dhrupad institute and named after his elder brother Ustad Nasir Moinuddin Dagar Dhrupad Sangeet Ashram. He planned it as an Ashram where disciples will stay close to their guru and learn the subtle nuances of Dhrupad through the age old guru sishya parampara. It is now the oldest surviving institute solely dedicated to the preservation and propagation of dagar-vani Dhrupad. It is here that Aminuddin trained some of the best dhrupad singers of the next generation including Alaka Nandy, Ashoka Dhar (famous as the Nandy Sisteers),Sujata Moitra and Anu Burman.
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