Hindustani classical music listening session by Pushkar Lele As a follow-up to Pushkar Lele’s highly successful appreciation workshop, Gyaan Adab hosted the first of a three/four part series of guided listening sessions – Dhira Gambhir Dhrupad: Understanding and exploring Dhrupad music. Dhrupad, which developed in India in medieval times, is the oldest and most profound form of Classical Hindustani vocal music that has survived until today in its original form. The nature of Dhrupad music is spiritual. It seeks not to entertain, but to induce feelings of peace and contemplation in the listener. It is a form of devotional music that traces its origin to the ancient text of Sam Veda. Pushkar Lele is one of India’s leading young classical vocalists. Recipient of numerous awards, Pushkar introduced music lovers to the basic concepts of Dhrupad music. The workshop combined instruction with critical listening to audio recordings to explore and understand the spirituality of Dhrupad music. Participants thoroughly enjoyed the guided listening session.