Dr. Rajesh Sendh 

A promising Classical Vocalist, performing the Dhrupad style (Dagur-Vani)of Indian Ancient Classical Music and lives in the holy city VaranasiIndia.


Dhrupad: The sacred path way to God

       The most sacred, pure, heroic and ancient existing form of Classical Music, the Chanting of Vedic Hymns and Mantras is a major heritage of Indian culture. The word Dhrupad is derived from ‘Dhruva’ the steadfast evening star that moves through our galaxy and ‘Pada’ means poetry. The nature of Dhrupad music is spiritual, seeking not to entertain but to induce deep feelings of peace and contemplation in the listener. Nada Yoga is the core of Dhrupad, which is the inner guide and the inner life, the dispenser of happiness to all. It is primarily a form of worship, in which offerings are made to the divine through sound or Nada. Dhrupad can be seen at different levels as a meditation, a mantraic recitation, worship and a performing art portraying a Universe of human emotions.  


      The alap in dhrupad is sung using a set of syllables, such as te, ta, ra, na, ri, naa, etc. to articulate the melody popularly thought to be derived from a mantra: Om hari Narayan Twam Tarana Tum. Dhrupad styles have long elaborate alap, their slow and deliberate melodic development gradually bringing an accelerating rhythmic pulse. Then the composition is sung to the rhythmic accompaniment. Compositions exist in the meters (tala) Tivra (7 beats), Sool (10 beats) and Chautal (12 beats)-the composition set to the 10-beat is called a Sadra while one set to the 14-beat Dhamar is called a Dhamar.


     He has received rigorous training in Dhrupad - Dhamar singing in the traditional system of Dagur-Vani under the tutelage of the Dhrupad maestros Pt. Ritwik Sanyal at Varanasi and Ustad Zia Fariduddin Dagar in Dhrupad Kendra, Bhopal under the National Scholarship of Allauddin Khan Sangeet & Kala Academy, Department of Culture, M.P. 

      From here began his musical journey that took him all over the globe. Dr. Rajesh Sendh has been performing regularly in various prestigious music concert platforms in India & abroad as well as in All India Radio, Television and accompanying his Guru on various occasions. 

  • Dr Sendh has been recognized & conferred upon with honors for his outstanding performances.
  • Prasar Bharti’ approved him as an 'A-Grade' artiste for Dhrupad-Dhamar singing. 
  • He received the ‘Junior Fellowship for Hindustani Vocal Music' by the Department of Culture, Ministry of HRD,                    Government of India, New Delhi.
  • Dhrupad Mela Committee, Varanasi has honored him as the best young dhrupad singer 2008.
  • Bihaan Music, Kolkata releases the audio CD titled 'NINADA' for Dhrupad of Rajesh Sendh.
  • The artiste publishes the book 'Odissi; The Third Classical Form of Indian Music'.
  • He also publishes Articles in the area of Music in various International and National Journals.
  • He has been imparting the art of Dhrupad to the students of global level for last 19 years.

Notable concerts:

§TRIDHARA’ – Odisha Sangeet Natak Academy – 2019, Bhubaneswar

§  Pt. Omkarnath Thakur birth anniversary, Pranav Parijat Trust  – 2019, Surat, Gujarat

§  ‘Naad Spandan’ annual festival – 2019, Dahod and Godhra, Gujarat

§  International Dhrupad Mela, Varanasi - (2002 to 2020)

§  Dhrupadi & Parampara, 2019 - Vishwabharati University Campus, Santiniketan

§  The Baithak The Art House – 2018, Bhopal

§  International Festival of Dhrupad 2016 - Gwalior

§  Tansen Sangeet Samaroh 2015 - Gwalior

§  Represented Indian Classical Music in 2005 - Colorado, USA

§  Dhrupad Mahotsav, Jalsaghar - 2014 - Kolkata

§  National Broadcasting of All India Radio – 2017

§  State Broadcasting of All India Radio - 2018

§  Subah-E-Banaras 2014, 2018 & 2019 – Varanasi

§  Annual Music Festival 2016 - Bhubaneswar Music Circle, Bhubaneswar

§  ‘SMARAN’ 2015, 2016 & 2017 – Sangeet Natak Academy & Dhrupad Sansthan, Bangalore & Bhopal

§  154th Birth Anniversary of Swami Vivekananda 2016 - Ramkrishna mission, Asansol

§  Maha Shivaratri Festival 2016 - Dalla, Sonbhadra

§  Sea forth Centre for Culture - 2013 - Mussoorie

§  Veena Maharaj Sangeet Samaroh - 2013 - Rishikesh

§  Dhrupad Parv - 2015 & 2016 - Varanasi

§  Dhrupad Parv 2013 - Udaipur

§  Hariharnath Festival 2013 - Sonpur (Bihar)

§  Kuvelikar Punyatithi Samaroh and Swaranjali - 2003, 2005 & 2008 – Dahod, Gujarat

§  Sngeet Mala Series - 2007 & 2010 - Varanasi

§  Kal ke Kalakar 2002 - Mumbai

§  Has performed as co-singer with many eminent artists.

§  Has been participating in Music Festivals time-to-time organized in all over Indian Railways.

  • Represents Diesel Locomotive Works in Railways Music Festivals held at Madurai, Secunderabad, Jaipur, Varodara,             Patna, Chittaranjan, Bilaspur, Chakradharpur, Mumbai, Guwahati, Lucknow, Chennai and received many awards.
  • He has shared also stage with many eminent Indian as well as Foreign artistes of Dhrupad Music .

        Unlike many other great Indian artistes, Rajesh Sendh born (1971) in Balasore district, Odisha does not come from a family of musicians. Rather, music is a path he found for himself and struggled very hard to overcome all the hurdles that came his way to emerge out successful with his sincerity, devotion and dedication. He began in musical pursuit at the age of 17. He received his initial training in vocal music under the Gurus; Sri Gopal Panda, Sri Bhikhari Bal & Sri Ramhari Das and completed the Bachelor Degree with Odissi Vocal Music from the Utkal University, Odisha. Dr. Rajesh Sendh is qualified in Hindustani Vocal Music (Bachelor, Master and Doctorate degree) from the Faculty of Performing Arts, Banaras Hindu University, Varanasi.

Rajesh Sendh is also known for popularizing Dhrupad all over the world. His consummate artistry has distinguished him as the living master of the Dhrupad acclaimed both at home and abroad. He has several dedicated students around the world who are making their mark on the Indian classical music front. 

Dr. Sendh has been working under cultural banner as a classical singer at Diesel Locomotive Works- Varanasi, a production unit of Indian Railways. 


‘Odissi’ The Third Classical Form of Indian Music (ISBN - 978-81-8457-668-9)

Ustad Zia Fariduddin Dagar and his contribution to Dhrupad (in press).

Musical Articles have been published in National and International Journals.



‘Bihaan Music’, Kolkata releases the Audio CD titled ‘NINADA’ for Dhrupad Vocal  (CD-BMC-484).

Experience in teaching:

He has served as a teaching associate of the Department of Vocal Music, Banaras Hindu University, Faculty of Performing Arts, Varanasi  for 3 years.

       Dr. Sendh has been engaged in class work-shops for foreign as well as Indian students of Dhrupad for several times. Also has been imparting the art of Dhrupad singing to several talented Indian students as well as the students from abroad viz. Japan, Portugal, Israel, South Korea, Australia, America, England, Greece, Germany, France, Italy, Argentina, Turkey, Spain, Russia, Barcelona etc. during last 19 years.


Address for correspondence:

Dr. Rajesh Sendh

B 15 Krishna Tower



Varanasi – 221004, Uttar Pradesh, INDIA


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Res:  (Tele fax) +91 5422 300 006                 Mobile: +91 933 533 3339     Mobile: +91 731 803 3339           

Website:  www.rajeshsendh.webs.com                         Skype: rajesh.sendh

E-mail:      [email protected]  


GURU: Ustad Zia Fariduddin Dagar ; The Dhrupad Maestro and trained to Rajesh Sendh under his able guidance.

GURU: Pandit Ritwik Sanyal; The Dhrupad Maestro and trained to Rajesh Sendh under his able guidance.

Rajesh Sendh Performing Dhrupad at Seaforth Cultural Centre, Landour, Mussoorie.

Rajesh Sendh is performing Dhrupad at 'Smaran' at bangalore organised for the memories of Ustad: Ustad Zia Mohiuddin dagar and Ustad Zia Fariduddin dagar.
Dr Rajesh Sendh is performing Dhrupad at Tansen Samaroh - 2015, Gwalior and  Pakhawaj accompaniment by Pandit Akhilesh Gundecha.

Dr. Rajesh Sendh receiving the 1st Prize (center) with Smt./Sri Anita-Chandan Pandey from Sri Jay Prakash Batra, Ex. .General Manager  - East Central Railway & Ex. Chairman- Railway Board  at Patna .

Rajesh Sendh performing Dhrupad at Packard hall, Colorado, USA with Pandit Shrikant Mishra (the eminent Pakhawaj player) and Smt. Bindu Mishra (Tanpura player).

A Duo performance of DHRUPAD by Lakhanlal Sahoo and Rajesh Sendh at Udaipur organized by Maharana Kumbha Samiti and Door-Darshan Kendra, Jaipur. Pakhawaj accompanied by Harish Pati.

Rajesh Sendh receiving the Prize from the General Manager, DLW, Varanasi

A Duo performance of Dhrupad-Dhamar by Dr. Rajesh Sendh & Yvan Transuler (One of senior disciple of Ustad Zia Fariduddin Dagar from France) at International Dhrupad Mela-Varanasi, 2020. The pakhawaj accompanied by Suhad Munde and in Tanpura Ipsita Sendh.
Inaugural Performance of Dhrupad by Dr. Rajesh Sendh at International Dhrupad Mela-Varanasi, 2019. The pakhawaj accompanied by Aditya Dip.
Performance of Dhrupad by Dr. Rajesh Sendh at 'Tridhara' progrmme organised by Odisha Sangeet Natak Academy, Bhubaneswar, Odisha. The pakhawaj accompanied by Dr. Ankit Parikh and in Sarangee Anish Mishra.
A Duo performance of Dhrupad-Dhamar by Rajesh Sendh & Yvan Transuler (France) at Dhrupad Mela-Varanasi, 2014. The pakhawaj accompanied by Pt. Manik Munde and in Tanpura Arnaud and Rachel.

Dr. Rajesh Sendh with his students from France during a work shop of Dhrupad-Dhamar at Varanasi.