here is something magical about Uday Bhawalkars music. It draws the young and old alike with its meditative quality, intensity and depth. Putting it in a matter-of-fact manner, Bhawalkar says when immersed in the note and raga, the self disappears and music takes on its own existence.
At 15, Bhawalkar asked to be sent to live and learn in a traditional guru-shishya parampara. A scholarship application landed him in the household of Ustad ZIa Fariduddin Dagar and Ustad Zia Mohiuddin Dagar, the undisputed masters of Dhrupad. Bhawalkar spent every moment of the 12 years with them to imbibe the basics, nuances, and deepest secrets of Dhrupad that his Gurus willingly imparted to their eager and hungry shishya.
Bhawalkar went on to become a torch-bearer of the oldest music form of India, which is inherently open to innovation.