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Nirmalya Dey

Pandit Nirmalya Dey is a premier exponent of Dagarvani dhrupad, which represents the purest form of North Indian classical music as embodied through the raga system.

Nirmalya Dey's music showcases the vast and subtle beauty of the Dagarvani school of dhrupad. His distinctive approach to sound production, and his soulful exposition of the raga with its essential nuances and aesthetic, holds listeners spellbound during a performance and leaves them savouring the music for a long time afterwards. He uses his command over the techniques and ornamentations of Dagarvani dhrupad to weave the raga into the mind of the listener, so that it is felt deeply even by someone untrained in the music.

Nirmalya Dey learnt his art primarily from the great musician and teacher Ustad Zia Fariduddin Dagar, who taught him the techniques and the subtleties of dhrupad closely and with great affection. So vast is this music, and such is the depth of the Ustad's teaching, that Nirmalya feels that he is still learning from his Ustad through his practice, even though the Ustad passed away in 2013. Nirmalya Dey started learning music at an early age, inspired by his mother, and received his initial training in dhrupad from Prof. Nimaichand Boral, a disciple of Ustad Nasir Moinuddin Dagar. However, his training with Fariduddin Dagar transformed his music in a fundamental way. Nirmalya Dey has continued this tradition of spreading knowledge by teaching individual students and by holding workshops and lecture-demonstrations in India and around the world.

Nirmalya Dey is a Top Grade artiste with All India Radio and with Indian National Television (Doordarshan), two of the major supporters and sponsors of Indian classical music in modern India, and has received several fellowships and awards recognizing his excellence in dhrupad. He has regularly performed in major music festivals in India, as well as in France, Spain, Netherlands, Switzerland, Austria, Germany, UK, USA, Bangladesh and Fiji. Apart from his own recordings of dhrupad, he has produced two anthologies of North Indian classical music, "Krishna seva" (Haveli Sangeet) and "Tansen", featuring various artistes including himself, with the music composed by him. More information about him can be found at his website