|Artist: Dhruv Sangari|
Dhruv Sangari (also known as Bilal Chishty), is a well regarded singer, lyricist, composer and scholar based in Delhi, India. He leads a number of bands such as ‘Rooh Sufi Ensemble’& ‘Humble Mystic’.
Initially trained in Hindustani classical vocals and tabla, Dhruv later trained under several maestros including Ustad Iqbal Khan, Ustad Meraj Nizami and the legendary Ustad Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan. He is a formal initiate into the Chishty school of Sufism l.
Popularly known as ‘Prince of Qawwali’ Dhruv has an MA in music and has several popular Bollywood, Television and Coke Studio@MTV tracks to his credit. Having performed in more than 15 countries including for HH Dalai Lama and with Maestros such as A.R. Rahman and Nitin Sawhney CBE, he has sung in a number of albums nationally and internationally. A regular at most well known festivals, his work has been frequently covered by the media and press. Dhruv is also Empaneled with the Festivals of India Abroad, and ICCR.
|Host: Narendra Kusnur|
Narendra Kusnur has been a journalist for 35 years, specializing in covering of music. His articles have appeared in numerous publications, including Mid-Day, The Hindu, Hindustan Times, Music Plus and Seniors Today.
Kusnur has also had a two year stint with EMI Music India, handling the Indian music and Warner Music repertoire. At Reliance Retail, he headed training for their lifestyle products division, including books and music.
He writes on all forms of Indian and international music, besides appearing in conferences and webinars. Recently, he presented a series on the basics of jazz for NCPA Mumbai.