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Agra Gharana

Agra Gharana is one of the most ancient styles prevalent today. It offers an indepth study of the beauty and aesthetics of Raga depiction. The age old values of this gharana are brought forth through the Vilambit (slow exposition of the Raga through the traditional text). Here, a varied delineation of the Raga takes place through Nomtom alaap, Bol alaap, Layakari, Bol taan and Taan.

Agra gharana is known for its emphasis on swara projection through the lyrics and the Laya. A beautiful and perfect balance is created between the tonal intonation, the enunciation of the wording and the expression of Taal or Rhythm. Agra Gharana is known for its compactness of bandish (text), the wealth of rare and popular Ragas and the abundance of prolific composers through its long history.

Two of the most renowned exponents and pioneers of the Agra gharana were Ustad Kadim Usain Khan and Ustad Faiyaz Khan Saheb.

Some of the renowned singers from this Gharana are Pandit S.N. Ratanjankar, Swami Vallabhdas, Dipali Nag, Dilip Chandra Vedi, Jagannathbua Purohit and Pandit K.G. Ginde.

Pandit Dinakar Kaikini, Shrikrishna Haldankar and Lalitha Rao are some known contemporary representatives of the Agra Gayaki.