Philippe PUGET is one of the few representatives of the Rudra Vina, Dhrupad instrumental genre. This old genre had its
heyday in the fifteenth and sixteenth century. Exclusively associated with the Dhrupad genre, the Rudra Vina, commonly known as BIN,
belongs to the large family of stick zithers.
Philippe undertook the study of the rudra-vina with Philippe Bruguière –himself a disciple of
Ustad Zia Mohiuddin Dagar–, with whose help he acquired his first instrument in 1986.
Later, in 1989-90, he joined Ustad Zia Mohiuddin Dagar in the Netherlands, at the
Rotterdam Conservatory and the ISTAR School for Indian music in Amsterdam. Awarded bursaries
by the French government (Foreign Affairs and Ministry of Culture), he travelled to India
in 1991-92 to further his practise.
Whether in France or in India, he continues his training under the guidance of Nassim Bahauddin Dagar,
son of the late Ustad Zia Mohiuddin Dagar, and of Uday Bhawalkar, renowned singer of the
Dagarvani style. He has also received instruction from Yvan Trunzler, a vocalist in the
dhrupad tradition of the illustrious Dagar family of Bombay.
In 2003, Philippe founded the association, "Resonances Shuddha", which presents top names in Indian music, in the Provence Côte d'Azur.
Philippe PUGET continues to present a few concerts every year.
He is also co-author of a book-CD entitled "Au Rythme du Raga", illustrated by Marc Ingrand,
published by Bachari. Since its release in 2008,
this book has received approval from the specialized press (Mondomix) and the support of the Embassy of India in France.
"The Rhythm of the Raga" has been
translated into English
and published by Pilgrims, in Benares.
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