DMS 2018 Workshop and UK concerts

2018 Workshop

Please find details of our 2018 workshop with Pt. Uday Bhalwalkar Ji and concerts below:

Dates: Sun 5th August - Fri 10th August 2018

Location: Oaklands College, Hatfield Road, St Albans, Herts, AL4 0XS

BOOKING CLOSED! If you have already emailed us we will honour your booking.

Participants are free to find alternative accommodation or commute if they wish. Please note the morning Kharaj session will start at 6:30am and there will also be some sessions in the early evening e.g. master class etc.

This year Pt. Uday Bhalwalkar Ji  will be assisted by Shri Chintan Upadhyay, Shri Sagar Morankar, Shri Kirit Singh, and Shri Pratap Awad (Pakhawaj).

2018 Concerts

London - Saturday 11th August 2018 @ 6:30pm in Golders Green Unitarian Church, 31 Hoop Lane, London, NW11 8BS. £15 (Concessions £10). 

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2017 Events

Our annual workshop took place from Sun 30 July - Fri 4 August 2017 at Oaklands College, St Albans. It was the largest ever with 35 participants. Udayji was assisted by his senior students Chintan Upadhyaya and Prassanna Vishwanathan and accompanied by Pratap Awad. Please see our Gallery Pages for a report.

Pakhawaj workshop with Pratap Awad - London 2016

Dear Dhrupad lovers,

We are happy to announce a Pakhawaj workshop with renowned artist Pratap Awad.

Dates: Monday 1st - Thursday 4th August             Time: 7pm-9pm

Venue - Venue: Indian YMCA London, 41 Fitzroy Square, London, UK W1T 6AQ

Donation - TBC

This workshop is for percussion players, as well as for vocalists and instrumentalists who would like to learn Dhrupad taals and improve their understanding of, and ability to perform to rhythm. 

Pratap Awad- Born in a musical family of the Varkari sect of Maharashtra, Pratap took to Pakhawaj at age 10, learning the bhajan accompaniment style. Later he was selected by Ustad Zia Fariduddin Dagar and Ustad Bahauddin Dagar to study classical pakhawaj at their Gurukul in Ambe Jogai. Subsequently he moved to Pune and has been receiving advanced training from Pandit Uday Bhawalkar. He has accompanied several senior Dhrupad artists in India as well as overseas and also performed in solo concerts. He is a graded artist of AIR.

Workshop to cover:

-Beat, and taal

-Drum-alphabets of Pakhawaj and Important bols (syllables) of Pakhawaj

-Practice of different laya (tempo)

-Theka (arrangement of bols) of  Pakhawaj taals - Choutaal, Dhamar, Teevra, Sultaal, Aditaal

To register your interest and for further information please email us at

Look forward to seeing you there!

Dhrupad Music Society


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Event -

UK 2016 Dhrupad workshops announced with Pt Uday Bhawalkar + Baithak concerts

Dear Dhrupad friends,
We are happy to announce that the 2016 Dhrupad workshop with Pt. Uday Bhawalkar will be taking place on:

Date: Monday 1st – Friday 5th August 2016. 

Time: 9.30am – 5.30pm  (apart from last day which finishes after lunch).

Venue: Indian YMCA London, 41 Fitzroy Square, London, UK W1T 6AQ
If you need accommodation, then the Indian YMCA is the obvious choice! Please visit their website for further details and
Cost of workshop:  £250 donation

General format  - In the workshops Udayji takes one main raga which he slowly covers from alaap to composition. Alongside this there tends to be another composition in different raga, explanation and recitation of the associated taals, morning vocal warm up exercises,  raga palta (practising different patterns) and interactive discussions.

The workshop is open to all levels from beginners to advanced.

As you know, this venture is solely funded by us as a student community with no other recourse to funds.  As such, I would be most grateful if you could make a donation of this amount once you have received confirmation of your reservation – bank details will be included with the confirmation.
We are also attempting to widen our distribution list, so please let me know of others (and their email) who would be interested in this workshop and we will add them to our list.
Please email us at  as soon as you can to reserve your place. First come, first serve with limited space.
Uday-ji would prefer the class size to be max 18.  However, if the confirmed interest exceeds this number, we will consider having two groups and bring along one of Uday-ji’s senior students. Both groups would receive tuition from Uday-ji and him/her  each day.  If we have enough interest to go down this route, we will discuss the format in detail with Uday-ji and communicate this with you.

Facebook event page - Dhrupad workshop with Pt Uday Bhawalkar 2016 (London)
Events being planned as part of Uday-ji’s 2016 visit (full details to follow):

Please email  if you are interested and we will send you cost and other details

Event -

  •  A one-day vocal workshop with Udayji  in Leicester on Saturday 6th August. 

 Please email  if you are interested and we will send you cost and other details

Facebook event page - One day Dhrupad workshop with Pt Uday Bhawalkar 2016 (Leicester)

  • A baithak/house concert on 5th or 6th August in Leicester

Facebook event page - Dhrupad baithak with Pt Uday Bhawalkar 2016 (Leicester)

Future workshops

Looking ahead to next year and beyond, we are considering a residential summer school in Leicester in 2017, alternating every other year with day workshop week in London. Your thoughts on these proposals are most welcome.
Your support is hugely appreciated and I hope to hear from you soon.  Please also visit our website ( and Facebook page for announcements.

Naad Utsav 2016 - Udayji's Surprise 50th birthday event

As some of you are aware on the 21st Feb 2016 a surprise event was organised by Udayji's students and family for Udayji's 50th Birthday. It was a grand success, both an emotionally and spiritually enriching experience for all who were present.

Visit our website and facebook to see pictures of the event.

A huge thank you to all that helped make the event a success.

Dhrupad Music Society


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Launch of Dhrupad Music Society & 2016 Workshop with Pt. Uday Bhawalkarji

Launch of Dhrupad Music Society

The Dhrupad Music Society is a not-for-profit charity with the aim to spread awareness, interest and education in Dhrupad, a unique and ancient form of Indian classical music.

Since 2000 there have been annual Dhrupad workshops in the UK with Pandit Uday Bhawalkar. These were originally set up and run by the Asian Music Circuit (AMC). In 2015, when the AMC's interest moved elsewhere, a group of dedicated students set up the Dhrupad Music Society to continue and develop this great tradition.

Visit the site for more information about dhrupad and past workshops.

Fellow dhrupad lovers, we are excited to announce that the next workshop with Pt Uday Bhalwalkarji is currently being planned for around the 31 July to 6 August 2016 - final dates and venue to be confirmed. Please stay tuned for updates.

If you are interested in attending please do get in touch with us at