Pandit Nirmalya Dey
Dhrupad singer

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Nirmalya Dey is a renowned master vocalist and teacher in the tradition of Dagarvani dhrupad.  Inspired by his mother, he started his initial dhrupad training with Prof. Nimaichand Boral, who was a disciple of Ustad Nasir Moinuddin Dagar. From 1988, Nirmalya Dey learned in the true tradition of Guru-Shishya Parampara, spending extended time with another celebrated dhrupad master, Ustad Zia Fariduddin Dagar.  Nirmalya  continued to take advanced training and also regularly performed on the stage with Ustad until he passed away in 2013.  While meticulously maintaining the traditional musical form and its nuances he imbibed from his teacher, who represented the 19th unbroken generation of dhrupad performing family, Nirmalya also evolved his own distinctive style and approach to dhrupad.

Early in his career, Nirmalya Dey’s musical prowess was acknowledged as he won the first prize at the National Music Competition organized by the All India Radio in 1979.  In recognition of his excellence and achievement in dhrupad, Nirmalya Dey was awarded the senior fellowship by the ministry of Human Resource Department, Government of India. He has been later bestowed with Top Grade by the music audition board of national broadcasting channel – All India Radio, for his distinctive musical art in the dhrupad tradition.

Nirmalya Dey is a distinguished artist and has been invited to perform in numerous prestigious festivals and concerts in India and abroad. Beside his solo performances, Nirmalya has adopted the tradition of “Jugalbandi”, the musical dialogue between two musicians of the same genre, and sang with Rudra Veena Maestro Ustad Baha’ud-din Dagar for several concerts.

Despite the demands placed on his schedule as a performer, Nirmalya Dey is a devoted teacher, grooming and initiating the next generation of artists in dhrupad.  He has taught at the University of Delhi and Shriram Bharatiya Kala Kendra (Delhi) and conducted workshops around the world, including in Europe and North America.  When not performing, Nirmalya teaches at the Dhrupad Gurukul in Delhi, India.

Training and Diploma

Fellowships and Awards

Lecture demonstration and Teaching Experience

Major performances

USA performances:

At Washington University organized by Seatle Indian Music Academy (October 2012) Concerts organized by SPIC MACAY –Society for Promotion of Indian Classical Music And Culture Amongst Youth– in the Universities of Berkeley, Irvin (LA), and Kansas (October-November 2012).

European performances:

Bangladesh concert tour (November 2008):

Performances in India:

Gave recitals for All India Radio and for the National Television Channel (Doordarshan), and performed in many festivals and solo concerts, including the following events:

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