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The Embassy of India and the Gandhi Centre organized a Dhrupad concert on September 23, in The Hague, Netherlands

Pranita A Deshpande


The Hague, The Netherlands: As part of Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav celebrations, the Embassy of India and the Gandhi Centre in the Netherlands organized the Dhrupad concert at the Gandhi Centre.

Dhrupad is the oldest classical style of Hindustani music. The renowned guests Vidushi Ashoka Dhar and Rishabh Dhar were the performers for the Dhrupad concert.

Ashoka Dhar doesn’t require much introduction, being the senior most student of the Dhrupad maestro late Ustad Nasir Aminuddin Dagar sahib. The first female Dhrupad exponent from India, a true legend. Her career is now more than 45 years and not limited to India but spans throughout the world.

She received many awards globally. In her distinguished career, Ashoka has performed in all major festivals in India and abroad. Apart from being a very well-known performer, Ashoka is a very well-respected teacher globally. We feel very blessed to have her today amidst us and listen to her! She was accompanied by her son Rishabh Dhar on Pakhawaj.

Ashoka Dhar and Rishabh Dhar were felicitated by Tara Pathak, the Director of the Gandhi Centre and concluded the event by presenting vote of thanks. The event was hosted by Pranita Deshpande.

The official journey of Azadi ka Amrit Mahotsav started on March 12, 2021 with a 75-week countdown to India’s 75th anniversary of Independence and will end post a year on August 15, 2023. The Azadi ka Amrit Mahotsav is being celebrated worldwide on all continents of the globe!


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