Faiyaz Wasifuddin Dagar,New Delhi
Born on 15th April, 1969 at New Delhi, Faiyaz Wasifuddin Dagar represents the 20th unbroken generation of dhrupad singers in the Dagar family. It has been a long tradition in the family to imbibe knowledge from all the elders, irrespective of direct or indirect lineage. They pass on the subtle aspects of the Dagarvani heritage which will make a full-fledged performer.
Since the age of five, his systematic training unfolded under his uncle Ustad N. Zahiruddin Dagar and father Ustad N. Faiyazuddin Dagar, worldwide known as Dagar Brothers. They presented him in a Guru-Shishya Festival at Bharat Bhawan, Bhopal. The untimely death of his father, brought him closer to his uncle and they performed in Jugalbandi (duet) form across several parts of India and the world.
After the demise of his uncle in 1994, Wasifuddin is carrying on the Dagarvani tradition in solo. Typically in his alaap, he fills every note with space and colour, he travels effortlessly across three octaves delineating the personality of the raga in all clarity.
Wasifuddin has recorded for Music Today and an American film on World Devotional Music. As president of the Dhrupad Society of Delhi, he is committed to the cause of popularising and propagating dhrupad by educating people.
As a self-employed musician, apart from performing and touring, he teaches Vocal Dhrupad in the Guru Shishya parampara style at his residence.