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Dhrupad.

Dhrupad is a Veer Ras form of singing.It is the oldest form of singing still in practice.King of Gwalior Raja Maan Singh Tomar,is believed to have made it popular.In the court of King Akbar,Dhrupad form of singing was prominent.Poetry plays a important part in Dhrupad .Taal is most important in this form,while singing part is covered by aalaps(variation) and Boltaan.Dhrupad singing has four parts ie Sthayi(begining),Antara(middle),Sanchari and Aabhog(end).The Aalaps are basically in “Nom Tom”.Though Dhrupad is a vocal tradition,its musical aesthetics are adopted by many intrumentalists.

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